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Glass Houses - A Billy Joel Podcast
Michael Grosvenor & Jack Firneno
Join lifelong Billy Joel fans, Michael and Jack, as they take deep dives in to Billy’s history, songs, albums, tours, band members, and more.
Jun 23, 2020
EP 010 - Doug Stegmeyer (with special guests)
On this episode, Michael & Jack celebrate the life and music of Billy Joel bassist Doug Stegmeyer. Known as The Sergeant, Doug played bass in the Billy Joel band from 1975 which he joined for the Streetlife Serenader tour and continued on through the end of The Bridge Tour in 1988. We discuss many of the facets that made Doug so special and integral to the magic of Billy's recordings. We also are joined by 5 special guests with unique connections to Doug: * Mike DelGuidice - Guitar and vocals in the Billy Joel band and frontman for tribute band Big Shot. Mike also worked with Doug extensively in the early 1990s. * Malcolm Gold - Bassist for The Lords of 52nd Street and the Movin' Out touring band. Malcolm also often plays Doug's basses during Lords shows. * Sue Stegmeyer & Kevin Ege - Doug's sister and her husband. * Andy Gilmartin - A friend of Doug's when Andy was a teenager, Andy spearheaded getting Doug, Liberty DeVitto, Richie Cannata & Russell Javors inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2014. Andy now is the manager for The Lords of 52nd Street. For context, here are the albums Doug performed on: Turnstiles, The Stranger, 52nd Street, Glass Houses, Songs In The Attic, The Nylon Curtain, An Innocent Man, Greatest Hits Vol. I & II, The Bridge, KOHUEPT, Greatest Hits Vol. III.
1 hr 27 min
Jun 9, 2020
EP 009 - Glass Houses Playlist #1
We're bringing you something a little different for this episode. To say things have been crazy lately, is an understatement. We weren't able to pull together a regular episode in time but still wanted to bring you something. Introducing the GLASS HOUSES PLAYLIST. Michael & Jack will take turns playing DJ to spin some tunes and tell some stories behind them. First up is Michael as he plays some songs from some great artist he has worked with over the years. The song list is below. If you dig what you hear, we'd appreciate you checking out and picking up some new music by these artists wherever you get your music! PLAYLIST #1: * MAIN STREET EAST – “Caroline” * THE FUN(K) CLUB – “38 Graymont” * SEPTEMBER ON – “On The Outside Again” * KNEE DEEP SHAG – “Faded And Live” * CIDER – “This Life” * AN AMERICAN UNDERDOG (Andy Reed) – “Put Out The Fire” * TOM PAXTON & THE DONJUANS – “After The Storm” * COLIN HAY – “Send Somebody” * BIG SKY – “Waiting” * DONNY BROWN – “Losing A Part of Your Soul” * JESSE YOUNG – “The Distance” * MILE – “The Way Home” * PETE SCHMIDT – “Someday” * THE VERVE PIPE – “Never Let You Down” * ASHTON ALLEN – “If You Leave”
1 hr 16 min
May 26, 2020
EP 008 - Album Retrospective: Billy Joel Greatest Hits Volume I & II
1985 brings us Billy Joel's first Greatest Hits release with Greatest Hits Volume I & II which covered songs from 1973's Piano Man through the two new songs for 1985, "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" and "The Night Is Still Young." Greatest Hits Volume I & II has gone on to be one of the greatest selling albums of all time. Michael & Jack discuss the various formats and track listings of this set, their memories on it as well as the different radio edits that were used in the initial releases. We also hear from Billy himself from this great archival interview with Dan Neer from the Billy Joel album party radio celebration from 1985 where he discusses the two new songs mentioned above. To kick things off, we have a very special performance from Billy from May 11th as a part of the virtual telethon Rise Up New York, the Robin Hood Relief Benefit.
May 12, 2020
EP 007 - Live Album & Video Retrospective: Live At Shea Stadium
Michael & Jack revisit the historic 2008 Shea Stadium concerts from Flushing, New York in Queens. The Beatles performed the first concert at Shea and New York's son, Billy Joel, appropriately closed out the stadium with the final two concerts before the Shea's ultimate demolition. This viewing / listening companion goes song by song through the live CD / DVD highlighting special moments and special guests along the way. Special guest performers during the two concerts that are included in this set are: Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, John Mayer, Steven Tyler, Roger Daltrey, John Mellencamp, and of course, Sir Paul McCartney.
1 hr 24 min
Apr 28, 2020
EP 006 - Year In Review: 1994
The year was 1994 and Billy Joel is a few months into his hugely successful River of Dreams Tour. Michael & Jack look back at this year in review which proved to be a pivotal year for Billy as he wrapped up support for his final studio album, launched the first incarnation of the hugely successful Face 2 Face Tour with Elton John, and began talking about the current tour being his last long tour. Personally this was a big year for the both of us. We discuss each of us seeing Billy live multiple times this year. We also dig into media archives with some fun interview and performance clips we’ve uncovered. Join us as we go back to 1994.
1 hr 7 min
Apr 14, 2020
EP 005 - B-Sides, Rarities and Soundtrack Songs
Michael & Jack dust off the crates and reminisce about some classic Billy Joel 45s, soundtrack appearances, remixes and more! The songs covered in this episode are: * Elvis Presley Blvd. * You've Got Me Hummin' (Live) * I'll Cry Instead (Live) * House of Blue Light * You Picked A Real Bad Time * Nobody Knows But Me * Why Should I Worry? * When You Wish Upon A Star * All Shook Up * Heartbreak Hotel * In A Sentimental Mood * Where Were You On Our Wedding Day? * All My Life * Christmas In Fallujah * New York State Of Mind (Alt. Mixes) * Sometimes A Fantasy (Long Single Version) * The River Of Dreams (Alternate Mix) * Tell Her About It (12" Remix) * Keeping The Faith (Special Mix)
1 hr 17 min
Apr 9, 2020
LIVE EP 002 - Stay At Home Special #2
While keeping at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael & Jack decided to launch a sub-series of live episode broadcasts on Facebook. This first live episode was recorded on Tuesday April 7, 2020. Here, we discuss a few top 5 Billy lists, talk about how we are keeping busy while under stay at home orders, and talk with our special guests Melissa & Teddy Boileau from the Songs From The Attic radio show in Syracuse, NY.
2 hr 3 min
Mar 31, 2020
EP 004 - Video Retrospective: Live From Long Island
Michael & Jack present a song by song companion of the 1983 home video concert release Live From Long Island. Having been out of print for some 30+ years now, this concert is a must see and highlights Billy and the band firing on all cylinders as they transition into an arena touring band in the early 1980s. Live From Long Island was recorded on December 29, 1982 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY and originally broadcast on HBO in the summer of 1983 before being released on video cassette and laser disc.
1 hr 23 min
Mar 28, 2020
LIVE EP 001 - Stay At Home Special #1
While keeping at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael & Jack decided to launch a sub-series of live episode broadcasts on Facebook. This first live episode was recorded on Wednesday March 25, 2020. Here, we discuss how the podcast came to be, roll out a few top 5 Billy lists, discuss some of our other favorite artists, read some great listener emails and so much more.
1 hr 21 min
Mar 17, 2020
EP 003 - Album Retrospective: Cold Spring Harbor
Michael & Jack revisit Billy's first album, from its pre-production demos, to the botched finished product under Artie Ripp's Family Productions, Columbia’s 1983 remix and reissue, and everything in between.
Mar 3, 2020
EP 002 - Billy Joel Tidbits & Trivia
Michael & Jack discuss some tidbits and trivia surrounding Billy Joel's career. Topics include: * Albums sales and stats * Billy’s role in new digital technology during the 80s * Different versions of the Big Shot music video * Early touring days in the Lehigh Valley * And more!
1 hr 1 min
Feb 18, 2020
EP 001 - Our Backstory
Michael & Jack discuss how and when they discovered Billy Joel’s music, their connections to former drummer Liberty DeVitto, the first albums they bought, their concert experiences, and more.
Feb 4, 2020
Coming Soon: Glass Houses - A Billy Joel Podcast
Life-long Billy Joel fans, Michael Grosvenor and Jack Firneno, team up to share stories and take deep dives into Billy's songs, tours, albums, band members and much more. Join us in celebrating the life and music of Billy Joel.