Billy Joel ponders retiring from concerts

Billy Joel performs during the "12-12-12" benefit concert for victims of Superstorm Sandy...

Billy Joel performs during the "12-12-12" benefit concert for victims of Superstorm Sandy at Madison Square Garden in New York December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Billy Joel is considering retiring from performing if concerts in Australia and the U.S. later this year fail to inspire him.

The Piano Man retired from making pop music many years ago, opting to concentrate on classical endeavours instead - but he has continued to play live, touring as a solo act and with Elton John.

But now he admits his time onstage could be coming to a close and he's hoping to use festival shows in Sydney, Australia and New Orleans, Louisiana to see if he's still got what it takes as a performer.

He tells ABC News Radio his upcoming Stone Music Festival in Sydney will serve as "a big test".

He says, "I want to see if it's time for me to get off the stage. There's a time when an athlete says I can't swing the bat anymore. So I get to feel it out... I don't want to be that guy; I don't want to be Spinal Tap."

Joel told Rolling Stone magazine earlier this year that he's not the entertainer he once was thanks to hip replacement surgery, revealing, "Slowly but surely I'm kinda getting back to normal. I'd say I'm 85 per cent. I can walk OK. I can't run like I used to.

"Honestly, I'm not as good as I used to be. I'm not as athletic as I used to be. I don't jump off the piano anymore... and my voice has changed. It's lowered."

Joel will perform at the Stone Music Festival on April 21, 2013 and at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival a week later. He has no other dates scheduled for this year.

 


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