At 6 p.m. today, Billy Joel‘s own SiriusXM channel went live on the satellite radio network.
Through June 25, channel 4 will play music from Joel’s 50-year career spanning his days as a member of the Echoes through his solo days. Some music will be famed classics, while others will be obscure. Expect to hear concert recordings, including previously unreleased material, plus 40 years worth of archival interviews. Listen to excerpts from Joel’s masters classes delivered to music students worldwide, and new interviews.
Joel will discuss his residency at Madison Square Garden and give music industry commentary. During guest DJ sessions, long-time members of Joel’s touring band will share their memories.
“Billy Joel is one of the most beloved musicians of the past five decades whose music and cultural initiatives remain relevant to fans of every age,” said SiriusXM President Scott Greenstein. “Our channel celebrating the legendary Piano Man will offer listeners a truly comprehensive and deep dive into the music of one of today’s most important musicians.”
Joel announced the channel during an appearance on The Tonight Show, during which he and Jimmy Fallon made plans to crash WLNG, a radio station near Joel’s Sag Harbor home.
The Billy Joel Channel will feature music spanning the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s 50-year career: from his earliest work with The Echoes in 1964, to his solo debut Cold Spring Harbor from 1971, through his upcoming release, A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia. The Billy Joel Channel will also feature 40 years of archival interviews, including excerpts from his “Masters Class” sessions that he conducts periodically to music students around the world, as well as rarities from the vaults, previously unavailable studio tracks and live performances captured in his earliest days as a performer.