This Brave Student Asked Billy Joel For A Duet. What He Did Next Blew Everyone Away
When 19-year-old college freshman Michael Pollack raised his hand at a Billy Joel concert at Vanderbilt University and asked if he could play with his hero, he never expected him to actually say yes. After all, it's always a gamble when a musician pulls an audience member on-stage. But Billy Joel knows a thing or two about humble beginnings: when he finally landed a record deal and moved out to Los Angeles, he found himself working at a piano bar on Wilshire Boulevard and grew to regret the three years spent in Los Angeles. He moved back to New York City and flourished with The Billy Joel Band. Of course, his songs tell it best: this was when Billy Joel released "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" and, of course, "New York State of Mind."