Billy Joel Is Ditching The Helicopter And Taking The Train

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Famed for tunes like “Piano Man” and “Uptown Girl,” Billy Joel is a legendary artist who is currently in the news for a startling shift in his daily schedule. Instead of opting for the convenience of a helicopter, Joel has embraced a more environmentally friendly mode of transportation: the Long Island Rail Road.

In a recent interview with Newsday, Joel revealed his decision to switch to train commuting, citing safety concerns as the primary motivation. Previously, Joel had faced complaints from his neighbors in Oyster Bay, New York, regarding noise disturbances caused by his helicopter flights.

“I used to take a helicopter,” Joel explained. “But now, it’s the Long Island Rail Road that takes me straight into the heart of New York City.” This shift coincides with the final dates of his acclaimed residency at Madison Square Garden.

Despite his celebrity status, Joel finds solace in the simplicity of train travel. “People will sometimes look at me on the railroad and think, look at this guy, trying to look like Billy Joel,” he quipped. “It’s still a great way to go.”

Joel’s Take on Celebrity and Anonymity

Acknowledging the skepticism from his own staff, Joel addressed concerns about being recognized during his commute. “You’ll get recognized, blah, blah, blah,” he recounted. However, Joel seems unfazed by the potential attention, embracing the anonymity that train travel offers compared to the spectacle of his stage performances.

During an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Joel humorously reflected on the stark contrast between the adulation of performing and the anonymity of everyday life. “For two and a half hours, you’re onstage, you’re Mussolini,” he joked. “Then you jump in a car and you drive into New York traffic and you’re just another schmuck in traffic.”

Despite the transition from stage to commuter, Joel remains focused on his upcoming milestone: the final show of his Madison Square Garden residency on July 25.

Billy Joel’s decision to trade helicopter rides for train journeys not only reflects a personal commitment to safety and environmental consciousness but also underscores the relatable experience of seeking simplicity amidst the hustle and bustle of city life. As one of music’s most enduring figures, Joel’s choice to take the train to work serves as a reminder that even celebrities appreciate the everyday joys of ordinary routines.

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