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Billy Joel, in a Neutral State of Mind

Billy Joel at the National Press Club Thursday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Who the heck wants to hear another Hamptons-dwelling showbiz millionaire mouth off about politics? Billy Joel's sentiment exactly. The Piano Man did a little bait-and-switch yesterday at a National Press Club luncheon that was advertised as his take on celebrity endorsements -- and then declined to talk about his.

"I've never discussed my political views to [a concert] audience," said Joel, 59. "It's bad for business," Joel added: Half the audience will hate you, "and what if I'm wrong?"

Joel, who headlined an Obama fundraiser with Bruce Springsteen in N.Y.C. last week, denied that he's ever written a political song. Not even "We Didn't Start the Fire," which was "a bunch of headlines and a terrible melody." He picked out a couple of bars on the piano to prove it: "Terrible melody."

By The Reliable Source  |  October 24, 2008; 1:03 AM ET
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Thank you SO much Billy!
I respect your rights as an American citizen to express your views and have feelings about the election process- BUT- I just find it unseemly for any actor, celebrity -or especially, an esteemed artist such as yourself, to promote a Presidential candidate.

You must realize that there are a lot of "sheeple" out there who idoilize you and haven't given a lot of thought to this election.
So- what better excuse to vote for Obama- because one of their favorite rockers do?

Glad you encourage people to use their precious rights to a free and fair election.

Bravo, honey!
You ARE a National Treasure!
And I'll always love you!!!

Posted by: CoolPillow | October 26, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

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