Billy Joel jokes about glass eye and wooden leg on NYC show

Billy Joel joked that “You May Be Right” If You Think He Has A Wooden Leg – But Not A Glass Eye.

While playing one of his monthly shows at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, the legendary rocker shared with the audience that he has “a leaky eye,” the result of one of his eyes not getting enough lubrication.

Joel, 73, then assured the public that he doesn’t have a glass eye – despite what they may have heard – but “has a wooden leg.”

The “Piano Man” singer wowed the sold-out crowd by playing his usual assortment of hits along with a cover of The Beatles’ “A Day in the Life.” He joked afterwards that he didn’t write that song, “but I wish I had.”

Billy Joel.
Joel has been playing monthly concerts at MSG since 2014.
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The Bronx-born Long Island musician also released his 1983 hit “An Innocent Man,” telling the audience that he wrote the song before his voice deepened with age. Joel also confessed that he wasn’t sure if he could hit another high note, saying, “You’ll know which one I’m talking about.”

“This could be a cringefest,” Joel joked before starting the song.

Billy Joel with wife and daughters.
Joel shares two daughters with wife Alexis Roderick.

The Grammy winner began his residency as the “house band” at Madison Square Garden in January 2014, but had to take a 21-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since the resumption of concerts in November 2021, Joel has had a remarkably slim makeover, losing 50 pounds.

The biggest cheer of the evening was reserved for “Piano Man” when Joel switched the lyrics and sang “It’s a pretty good crowd for a Wednesday” instead of Saturday.

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