Billy Joel Shows Off 50-Pound Weight Loss at 1st New York City Concert Since the Pandemic


The piano man is back! Billy Joel made his triumphant return to New York City’s Madison Square Garden after the pandemic forced him to cancel his 2020 tour — and he’s in amazing shape.

The “Uptown Girl” singer, 72, showed off his 50-pound weight loss during his show on Friday, November 5, at the arena where he’s had a concert residency since 2014. The performance marked his first appearance at the storied venue since February 2020. He was slated to perform his 74th consecutive monthly show at MSG in March of that year, but the show was postponed because of the pandemic.

Last month, the Grammy winner told Howard Stern that the weight loss was an unexpected consequence of back surgery he underwent earlier this year. “The pain afterwards was so bad I lost my appetite,” he explained in October. “I embraced that. I said, ‘OK, I won’t eat as much,’ and I ate less and less and less and less, and then there was just life aggravation and that tends to, you know, impact your appetite too.”

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