Billy Joel: "Maybe you don't retire"

Two weeks from turning 70, Billy Joel shows no indication of calling it quits.

He tells Long Island, New York's Newsday, "I've become very comfortable with that concept of maybe you just don't retire." The Piano Man, who admits he had considered giving up performing around his 60th and 65th birthdays, is taking a different approach. "It's a great job. I have a great band. I play great venues. And I make great money. So what's wrong with that?"

One concession to the calendar is having a "TelePrompTer [available] that has all the words, but I try not to look at them because you get hooked like that... If you end up relying on it, then you don't think anymore. So, it's kind of a game to try to remember all the words. I actually look at people in the audience singing and try to read their lips.."

Billy will hit the big seven-0 on May 9th -- on stage in the 64th monthly show of his Madison Square Garden residency.

 
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