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New York Post
17 Feb 2024


NextImg:Billy Joel reveals the 3 music icons he wants for his supergroup — and you’ll never guess who they are

What’s better than Billy Joel?

Answer: The Piano Man and three other music legends.

The “Uptown Girl” singer, 74, has sparked a frenzy after telling Howard Stern that he wants to create his own supergroup of artists and he already knows who they are.

“I thought about putting together a band,” Joel dished during Wednesday’s episode of the shock jock’s Sirius XM radio show. “Me, Don Henley and Sting, and maybe John Mayer on guitar.”

Stern subsequently wondered why the band hasn’t come to fruition, with the Long Island native responding: “Well, everybody’s busy.”

“You always say to the other guys, ‘Yeah, I’ll see you on the road and we’ll get together,’ and you never do it,” Joel joked.

The crooner also noted that he converses with Paul McCartney “a lot,” however, he doesn’t “have the nerve” to ask the British icon to be in his fantasy group.

Joel wants John Mayer to join his supergroup. Getty Images
Sting would be included in Joel’s fantasy lineup. Redferns

“I can’t. He was in the superest group of all,” Joel said, referrring to The Beatles.

The Grammy winner then continued to rattle off the singers that he would love to have in his own orchestra.

“Ringo [Starr] would be good. Ringo is a great drummer. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves,” he said.

The Eagles rocker Don Henley is one of the three artists named by Joel. Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

The “Just the Way You Are” hitmaker released his first single in 17 years earlier this month titled “Turn the Lights Back On.”

He even performed the track at the 2024 Grammys on Feb. 4.

Just hours before, he walked the red carpet with his wife, Alexis Roderick, and their two young daughters — Della Rose, 8, and Remy Anne, 6 — at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.

“I thought about putting together a band,” Joel said. “Me, Don Henley and Sting, and maybe John Mayer on guitar.” Getty Images for The Recording Academy

He told carpet correspondents Amanda Kloots and Alina Vission at the time that while he loves his songs, he despises the songwriting process.

“I’m going to go into my cave and become a caveman,” he said. “It’s not a fun process for me — it’s very self-centered, very lonely. And sometimes it’s torture.”

“But afterwards, I love having written,” he continued, adding that performing “can get a little tiresome too.”

His advice for young musicians? “You’ve got to go through things to write about things. Write what you know,” Joel explained.