Billy Joel Announces First New Song in 17 Years & Grammy Performance

Billy Joel performs onstage during ATLive 2022 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 11, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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While Billy Joel is wrapping up his longtime residency at the famed Madison Square Garden this year, he is definitely not slowing down. Not only did he recently announce some new shows including special guests Stevie Nicks and Sting, but he announced a brand-new song and an upcoming performance at the 66th annual Grammy Awards. Joel first performed at the Grammys back in 1988 and sang “New York State of Mind.”

Just days after the Grammy-award-winning artist was confirmed as a performer this year, he opened up about the release of his new song called “Turn the Lights Back On.” This will be his first single in 17 years! He co-wrote the song with producer Freddy Wexler and has been teasing new music on social media. This past weekend, fans were quick to notice that Joel had some new art on his Spotify page with the lyrics, “Did I wait too long…” which are reportedly part of the new song.

Billy Joel visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Center on March 20, 2014 in New York City

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The new song is a huge deal to fans because Joel has not released a lot of new music in the past few decades. His last album Fantasies & Delusions came out in 2001, which featured classical compositions. His last pop album, River of Dreams, came out way back in 1993. In 2007, he released a single called “All My Life.” Watch for the new song, “Turn the Lights Back On” on streaming services on February 1. It will also be released on a limited edition 7-inch vinyl.

While Joel hasn’t released new music in a while, he has certainly stayed busy performing and his concerts always seem to sell out. In July, he will celebrate his 100th and final performance at Madison Square Garden in his residency. Tell us, are you excited about the new song? Watch Joel perform at the Grammys on Sunday, Feb. 4, from 8-11:30 p.m. ET / 5-8:30 p.m. PT on CBS and Paramount+.

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