Billy Joel reflects as he nears his 70th birthday

Billy Joel calls being a musician "a Peter Pan kinda job."

Days away from turning 70, he looks back on his career in a Q&A with Rolling Stone: "You start out and you’re young and you’re rockin’ and rollin’ and that’s what you do all your life. You become a little myopic about how old you actually are."

After seeing recent pictures of himself at his home-away-from-home Madison Square Garden, he thought, "That don’t look right. I got old, I lost my hair. I was never a matinee idol to begin with, and there I am onstage still doing the same job I was doing when I was 16."

No longer the curly haired hitmaker of the '70s and '80s, Billy admits that "try[ing to] look like a movie star would be ridiculous. I’ve always been a shlubby-looking guy, and I ain’t about to change. Plastic surgery, wigs, I don’t know. It has nothing to do with music. It’s all about an image and look. I am 70 years old. I’ve never hidden my age, so why should I start now?"

Billy's birthday is Thursday. He'll celebrate by performing his monthly show at Madison Square Garden.

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