Tony winner Billy Joel will release a memoir 'Book of Joel' on June 14. In his new book, published by HarperCollins, the Piano Man will talk about writing his biggest hits, as well as some of his past personal struggles.
As previously announced, Joel will also release 'Last Play at Shea,' a documentary with Joel's New York-centric biography, received accolades when it premiered at New York's Tribeca Film Festival last October. Stephen Holden of The New York Times dubbed it "exhilarating," noting of Joel's musical selections, "His blunt, irresistibly tuneful songs, however autobiographical, are also nuggets of American cultural history."
Joel and his band offer definitive and often transcendent versions of hits, rarities, personal favorites and crowd-pleasing surprises, including duets with guests McCartney ("I Saw Her Standing There," "Let it Be"), Bennett ("New York State of Mind"), and Brooks ("Shameless").
Chosen as the last rock act to play the venue, Billy Joel staged his "Last Play at Shea" concerts on July 16 and July 18, 2008, rocking a combined audience of 110,000 fans with one of the most emotionally charged shows ever played at the historic stadium. After 45 years, two New York Mets World Series victories, the arena debut of The Beatles and Billy Joel's "Last Play At Shea," the final section of Shea Stadium was torn down in 2009.
The concert will be released a CD/DVD set as well as a stand-alone DVD and stand-alone Blu-ray disc by Sony Music on March 8.