Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.
The debut of “Turn The Lights Back On” coincides with the approaching conclusion of Billy Joel’s iconic 10-year residency at Madison Square Garden.
Billy Joel has unveiled his latest single, “Turn The Lights Back On,” marking his first new song in almost 17 years. Co-written by Joel and Freddy Wexler, known for his work with artists like Ariana Grande, P!nk, and Kanye West, the song also involves contributions from Wayne Hector (known for collaborations with Westlife, One Direction, Nicki Minaj) and Arthur Bacon. The production was handled by Freddy Wexler.
The release was teased by Joel during one of his regular residency shows at Madison Square Garden in December, with subsequent teasers on social media featuring the intriguing lyrics, “Did I wait too long… to turn the lights back on?”
Billy Joel’s last singles were both released in 2007: “All My Life,” dedicated to his then-wife Katy Lee, was digitally released via People Magazine on Valentine’s Day, and “Christmas in Fallujah” was made available on the iTunes store in December. Notably, his last album featuring new vocal material was “River Of Dreams,” released in 1993.
In June of last year, Billy Joel revealed that his remarkable 10-year, monthly residency at Madison Square Garden would conclude in July. Expressing his surprise at the residency’s longevity, Joel remarked, “I’m kind of flabbergasted that it lasted as long as it did. My team tells me that we could continue to sell tickets, but ten years, 150 shows – all right already!”
Billy Joel is set to wrap up his final six sold-out New York shows, but his tour continues with several stadium performances, including a rare visit to Europe. One highlight is the show at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on August 9, featuring support from Chris Isaak. The full tour dates are listed below.
“Turn The Lights Back On” is currently available on digital streaming platforms and can be pre-ordered as a 7″ vinyl single. Additionally, Billy Joel is scheduled to perform at the 2024 Grammy Awards this Sunday, and you can catch the ceremony online.