Billy Idol vs Billy Joel

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$50 Million
Net worth 2018
Media & Entertainment
Stanmore, Middlesex, England, UK
The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
United States
1.75 m
1.66 m
Ravensbourne School for Boys, Worthing High School for Boys, Brighton Polytechnic,

His last album till date is ‘Happy Holidays’ which was a Christmas album released in 2006


He embarked on a world tour of rock festival appearances in 2005 and 2006 in support of this album


He suffered from several personal and health problems during the 1990s because of which he could not concentrate much on his career


In 1986, his next album ‘Whiplash Smile’ was released


His next album ‘Rebel Yell’ was released in 1983


The popularity of the EP prompted him to release his full length album, ‘Billy Idol’ in 1982


He released an Extended Play (EP) titled ‘Don’t Stop’ in 1981


It was followed by the release of their second album ‘Valley of the Dolls’ in 1979 which had the hit single ‘King Rocker’


The band released its self-titled album ‘Generation X’ in 1978


The band’s first single ‘Your Generation’ was released in 1977


He began his musical career as a member of the punk rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees in 1976


He went to the Sussex University in 1975 to pursue a degree in English


During a performance at Madison Square Garden on August 21, 2017, Joel wore a yellow Star of David on the front and back of his jacket, in an apparent protest of antisemitism expressed at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia the previous week


Joel's waterfront residence near Boca Raton, Florida went on the market in November 2015


He received the prize at a performance ceremony in November 2014 from James H


On December 12, 2012, Joel performed as part of 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden, a concert held for all the victims of Hurricane Sandy


On December 12, 2011 Joel became the first non-classical musician honored with a portrait in Steinway Hall


In November 2010, Joel opened a shop in Oyster Bay, Long Island, to manufacture custom-made, retro-styled motorcycles and accessories


Although he is not known for publicly endorsing political candidates, he did play a benefit with Bruce Springsteen to raise money for Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2008


It is the only official release of Joel performing "Christmas in Fallujah", as Cass Dillon sang on the 2007 studio recording and the handful of times the song was played live in 2007


He was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on October 15, 2006


In March 2005, he checked into the Betty Ford Center, where he spent 30 days for the treatment of alcohol-related problems


On September 20, 2004, Joel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for his work in the music industry, located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard


In 2003, Joel inducted The Righteous Brothers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, noting that his song "Until the Night" from the album 52nd Street was a tribute to the duo


Joel was also named MusiCares Person of the Year for 2002, an award given each year at the same time as the Grammy Awards


In 2001, he stated:My parents were both from Jewish families


The concert (dubbed The Night of the 2000 Years) ran for close to four hours and was later released as 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert


Joel was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 1999 by one of his chief musical influences, Ray Charles


Joel performed with Brooks during his Central Park concert in 1997


In 1996, Joel merged his long-held love of boating with his desire for a second career


"Christmas in Fallujah" is only the second pop/rock song released by Joel since 1993's River of Dreams


In 1992, Joel inducted the R&B duo Sam & Dave into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame


Another well-known single from the album is the ballad "And So It Goes" (#37 in late 1990)


The first single for the album, "We Didn't Start the Fire", was released in September 1989 and it became Joel's third and – to date – most-recent US number-one hit, spending two weeks at the top


Joel is also credited as one of the keyboard players on Jones' 1988 self-titled solo album, and is featured in the official video for Jones' single "Just Wanna Hold"; Joel can be seen playing the piano while his then-wife Christie Brinkley joins him and kisses him


The album was also notable for its song "Leningrad", written after Joel met a clown in the Soviet city of that name during his tour in 1987, and "The Downeaster Alexa", written to underscore the plight of fishermen on Long Island who are barely able to make ends meet


Joel has been presented with multiple honorary doctorates:In 1986, Joel was on the site selection committee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame board


Their daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, was born December 29, 1985


The song was originally written in 1983, around the time Joel was writing songs for An Innocent Man; but "And So It Goes" did not fit that album's retro theme, so it was held back until Storm Front


Joel has no bone in the top of his left thumb, since his 1982 motorcycle accident


Production of The Nylon Curtain began in the fall of 1981


Joel mentioned in a television interview on the UK's Five that he had dated Elle Macpherson in the 1980s, prior to his marriage to Christie Brinkley


In 1979, Joel also traveled to Havana, Cuba, to participate in the historic Havana Jam festival that took place between March 2–4, alongside Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristofferson, Stephen Stills, the CBS Jazz All-Stars, the Trio of Doom, Fania All-Stars, Billy Swan, Bonnie Bramlett, Mike Finnegan, Weather Report, and an array of Cuban artists such as Irakere, Pacho Alonso, Tata Güines and Orquesta Aragón


Expectations were high for Joel's next album, 52nd Street, which he released in 1978, naming it after Manhattan's famous 52nd Street, which, at the time of its release, served as the world headquarters of CBS/ Columbia


Coinciding with the Greatest Hits album release, Joel released a two-volume Video Album that was a compilation of the promotional videos he had recorded from 1977 to the present time


Disenchanted with Los Angeles, Joel returned to New York City in 1976 and recorded Turnstiles, the first album he recorded with the group of hand-picked musicians who became the Billy Joel Band


In late 1975, Joel played piano and organ on several tracks on Bo Diddley's The 20th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll all-star album


Joel also performed an unusual set, including the song "Souvenir" (from 1974's Streetlife Serenade) and excluding "We Didn't Start the Fire"


Weber and Joel married on September 5, 1973 and she became his manager


Joel signed a recording contract with Columbia in 1972 and moved to Los Angeles; he lived there for the next three years


Joel began his Cold Spring Harbor tour in the fall of 1971, touring with his band (Rhys Clark on drums, Al Hertzberg on guitar, and Larry Russell on bass guitar) throughout the U


In 1970, a career downturn and personal problems aggravated his condition


Joel and drummer Jon Small left the Hassles in 1969 to form the duo Attila, releasing an eponymous debut album in July 1970


Joel left the band in 1967 to join the Hassles, a Long Island group that had signed with United Artists Records


In late 1965, the Echoes changed their name to the Emeralds and then to the Lost Souls


Joel states that in 1964 he played on a recording of the Shangri-Las' "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" but he is unaware of whether he played on the demo or master version; The released single included a co-producer credit for Artie Ripp, who later was the first to sign and produce Joel as a solo artist after Michael Lang, who had given Joel a monetary advance, passed Joel along to Ripp to focus his attentions elsewhere instead


In 1963 when zip codes were assigned, the section of Levittown in Oyster Bay was given a Hicksville, New York zip code and has since been part of Hicksville


Joel has won five Grammys, including Album of the Year for 52nd Street and Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Just the Way You Are"


The album An Innocent Man was Joel's tribute to R&B and doo wop music of the 1950s and 1960s and resulted in Joel's second Billboard number-one hit, "Tell Her About It", which was the first single off the album in the summer of 1983


William Martin Joel was born in the Bronx on May 9, 1949, and was raised in Levittown, New York in the town of Oyster Bay


It was also the 25th anniversary of receiving his own diploma from the same High School


He boxed successfully on the amateur Golden Gloves circuit for a short time, winning 22 bouts, but abandoned the sport shortly after his nose was broken in his 24th boxing match