As crazy as it seems, this summer will mark 17 years since Billy Joel released his last studio album, 1993’s River Of Dreams. According to Joel he’s has sworn off rock songwriting to focus instead on classical works. Elton John believes that Billy still has more songs in his system: “He seems to say, ‘Well, I can’t do this anymore, I can’t do this anymore.’But, you know, he’s not a rock and roll artist — he’s a great songwriter, and great songwriters always write songs, and there’ll be songs coming from Billy Joel’s piano again. I’m always saying, ‘Come on, come on, come on, come on,’but in good time, he’ll do it again. In the meantime, he’s gone off and done something else, and he goes and does lectures and stuff like that. He’s enjoying himself. You know, he’ll, he’ll admit, ‘I’m just coasting at the moment,’but I don’t think that he’s gonna be happy coasting.”
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