Rock legend Billy Joel is not a stupid man, and he’s one hell of an entertainer to boot.
Having won multiple Grammys over his decades-long career, Joel knows a thing or two about how to keep an audience happy as well as why they come to see him in the first place. Hint; it’s not to hear his politics.
In fact, Joel thinks of his fellow celebrities what many of us have said for some time – they’re jesters who need to stick to entertaining, not philosophers who should pontificate about politics. In a wide-ranging interview with Rolling Stone, Joel laid the smack down on whiny Hollywood snowflakes still bitching about the election and using their stages as soapboxes, and his comments are sure to ruffle some feathers.
From Breitbart News:
“I try to stay out of politics. I am a private citizen and I have a right to believe in my own political point of view, but I try not to get up on a soapbox and tell people how to think,” Joel said.
“I’ve been to shows where people start haranguing the audience about what’s going on politically and I’m thinking, ‘You know, this isn’t why I came here,’” the singer explained. “As a matter of fact, one of the biggest cheers of the night comes when we do ‘Piano Man’ and I sing, ‘They know that it’s me that they’re coming to see to forget about life for a while,’ and the audience lets out this huge ‘ahhhh’ and I say, ‘OK, yeah, don’t forget that.’”
Granted, Joel did say he’s still “flabbergasted” that President Trump won, but you wouldn’t ever know it by going to one of his shows since he sticks to what he’s good at and let’s others talk about politics.