The official Billy Joel webstore has just added a string of classic '70s and '80s concert tees to its collection. BillyJoel.com posted on the revamped BillyJoelShop.com page, newly produced tees using the artwork from past tours including those behind such beloved albums as 52nd Street, An Innocent Man, The Bridge, Storm Front, and others.
Billy Joel said that there's an element of absurdity in performing for tens of thousands of people as a way to make your living: “It's my job, that's what I do. When I go home, I mean, I take that hat off. Hey — it helps to get in a restaurant; I'll give you that. Y'know, I can always get a table. I think it's funny. I haven't lost sight of the fact that it is, kinda, really silly. It's a silly job. It's the best job I've ever had.”
Billy Joel admitted that his onstage persona is actually part showman — and part showbiz tortoise shell: “I can’t go onstage and start thinking too much about how absurd this all is. I know who I am; I’m this guy from Levittown. And one night I actually started thinking about this: ‘What are they all yelling about? Don’t they know, I’m just this little schnook?’ And if you start thinking like that, I think people in the audience can sense (it) — and they’ll eat you alive.”