"Joel's Wedding Burn"
(October 1st, 2004)
Rocker Billy Joel won't look his best when he weds Kate Lee at his Long Island, New York, home tomorrow, October 2nd, 2004, after scorching his bottom lip on hot pizza.
The "Piano Man" and his bride-to-be dined at Anthony's Pizzeria near his home earlier this week and he was left with a nasty burn.
He says, "People will be saying, 'Oh, he's got herpes.' But it's hot cheese."
Meanwhile, Joel has added The Eagles star Don Henley to his wedding party and will reportedly serve up pies from his favourite pizzeria to guests.
"Billy Joel Marries"
By: Roger Friedman
(October 1st, 2004)
Billy Joel, who's 55, marries Kate Lee, 23, tomorrow on Long Island at Joel's North Shore estate. There are 200 guests coming, including Foreigner's Mick Jones with wife Ann Dexter Jones, Sony Music CEO Andy Lack and wife Betsy and Billy's ex-wife Christie Brinkley with husband Peter Cook.
Billy and Christie's daughter Alexa is the maid of honor, and Billy's half-brother Alexander, the famous classical-music conductor, is best man.
Kate's dad, by the way, is six years younger than Billy, but he has his own 25 year-old girlfriend.
Regrettably, two of Billy's big name pals, Elton John and Sting, are on tour and can't make it. But there will be a lot of music and maybe even a performance by the cast of Billy's hit Broadway show with Twyla Tharp.
Unfortunately, Tharp herself may be absent. Her close friend, legendary photographer Richard Avedon, is gravely ill....
"'Piano Man' To Wed On Saturday"
By: Rafer Guzmán
(October 2nd, 2004)
He's an "Angry Young Man" no more: Billy Joel, 55, is set to marry a woman less than half his age, 23 year-old Kate Lee, Saturday on Long Island.
The sunset wedding, scheduled to start at 4:00pm, will take place at Joel's waterfront home in Centre Island. Lee plans to walk down the aisle in an Oscar de la Renta gown and a pair of custom-made Jimmy Choo shoes, according to Joel's publicist. Alexa Ray, Joel's 18 year-old daughter, will also wear an Oscar de la Renta dress, as maid of honor. Joel will sport a Ralph Lauren tuxedo. Joel may have been planning the bash in February, when he attended Fashion Week and sat with his fiancée and daughter at an Oscar de la Renta show.
Flowers are from Scarsella's in Laurel Hollow, which has provided wedding florals for celebs from Senator Al D'Amato to 'N SYNC's Joey Fatone. The staff wouldn't comment, but a source calls the arrangements "simply beautiful and elegant."
And the guest list? Alec Baldwin and Donald Trump are reportedly invited, but it's unclear whether 50 year-old supermodel Christie Brinkley - Joel's previous wife and Alexa Ray's mother - will show.
Joel has been trying to keep the wedding low-key, and police plan to patrol roads and water around his home. "People appreciate their privacy here," says Dennis Weiner, Centre Island's police chief, "and we'll be making every effort to make sure that privacy is not interrupted."
Lee, a native of Huntington, WV, recently graduated from Ohio's Miami University and works as a restaurant correspondent for the PBS show "George Hirsch: Living It Up!" She and Joel began dating last year.
By: Richard Johnson
(October 2nd, 2004)
It's gridlock alert in Oyster Bay today. Billy Joel, 55, marries Kate Lee, 23, at Joel's north shore estate. About 200 guests are coming, including Foreigner's Mick Jones, Sony Music CEO Andy Lack, and Joel's ex-wife Christie Brinkley with husband Peter Cook. Joel's and Brinkley's daughter, Alexa, is maid of honor, and Joel's half-brother Alexander, the classical music conductor, is best man. Guests expect performances by Stevie Wonder and the cast of "Movin' Out," Joel's Broadway hit with Twyla Tharp, who might not make it because her pal Richard Avedon died yesterday. Sadly, two of Joel's pals, Elton John and Sting, are on tour and can't make it.
"'Piano Man' Billy Joel Weds 23 Year-Old"
(October 2nd, 2004)
Singer/songwriter Billy Joel married his fiancée, 23-year-old Kate Lee, in a ceremony Saturday at his Long Island mansion, his record label said.
Joel, 55, wed Lee in a sunset wedding at his waterfront home, Newsday reported in its online editions. Columbia Records, Joel's label, announced the marriage Saturday night. A spokeswoman for Joel could not immediately be reached for comment.
Joel, who was previously married twice, including to supermodel Christie Brinkley, has had more than two dozen Top 10 hits, including his signature song "Piano Man," which was released in 1973 and became a hit the next year.
Last month, Joel's star was placed on Hollywood Boulevard
in front of the Pantages Theatre, where the Tony Award-winning musical
based on his songs, "Movin' Out," is playing through October
31st, 2004. He is also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"Billy Joel Married On LI"
Security Tight On Centre Island Estate As Singer Makes 23 Year-Old College Grad His Third Wife
By: Joseph V Amodio & Jennifer Blecher
(October 3rd, 2004)
Ominous gray clouds hung over Billy Joel's sprawling estate on Centre Island Saturday, but there were no rain drops to dampen the spirits of friends and family who gathered there in the late afternoon for the legendary musician's third wedding.
His bride was Kate Lee, 23, a recent graduate of Ohio's Miami University, and a restaurant correspondent for the PBS show "George Hirsch: Living It Up!"
Joel, 55, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, tried to keep the event as private as possible.
Guards dressed in black patrolled the rolling green lawn leading to the shore on Oyster Bay Harbor, and Nassau County police patrolled the surrounding waters. A police helicopter flew overhead.
White tents went up early last week on a section of property that dips down toward the water that is protected by pine trees, blocking boaters' views.
The Centre Island peninsula itself, north of Oyster Bay, has its own police force and is known for its tony residents. The normally quiet Centre Island Road that runs the length of the community was bustling Saturday.
Guests, police officers, security, the press and even curious neighbors clogged the road in front of Joel's mansion, as well as a neighbor's driveway across the street, trying to glimpse celebrity guests.
They got their chance when Christie Brinkley, Joel's supermodel ex-wife, and her family showed up in a silver van sporting a Kerry/Edwards bumper sticker on back. Through a passenger window, she offered kind words to the couple.
"Congratulations to Billy and Katie," Brinkley said. "We wish you every happiness."
Otherwise, a stream of Lexuses, BMWs, and Jaguars drove in front of the property to drop off guests, who walked inside.
Tinted windows of limos and Town Cars hid the more famous attendees as they disappeared behind the gates of Joel's house, a large brick Colonial that faces east on Moses Point.
Delores Reiter, who lives three houses down from Joel, said she has never seen the singer even though she has lived there over 5 years.
Brigitte Stetson, another neighbor, also has never seen the singer but said her husband, David, had seen him a few times. "Everyone's very low-key about him," she said. "They'll ask each other if they've seen him but that's about it."
The neighborhood is also home to Rupert Murdoch, and neighbors are gossiping that Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are looking to move in. Nevertheless, Reiter admitted she was hoping to catch a glimpse of someone famous. "I really shouldn't be standing here cause my 1 year-old grandson is over," she said. "I'm such a bad grandma."
Stetson said she was going out on her boat with her husband to try to see the wedding from the water. From that vantage point, the nuptials seemed to go off without a hitch. According to Joel's publicist, the groom was due to sport a Ralph Lauren tuxedo. The bride, and Joel and Brinkley's daughter Alexa Ray, 18, who served as maid of honor, were to wear Oscar de la Renta gowns.
By 4:30pm, the faint strains of the wedding processional could be heard drifting over the waves in the harbor, and the clouds parted revealing a patch of blue sky and a few rays of sunshine.
"Joel Runs Out of Wedding Cash"
(October 3rd, 2004)
Billy Joel's new bride Kate Lee had to pay half of the couple's $40 marriage license last week, because the rocker didn't have enough cash during a visit to Oyster Bay Town Hall, New York.
Embarrassed Joel had to ask his then-fiancée to help him pay for the license in front of town hall staff.
Clerk Steven Labriola, who granted the license, remembered working at the town hall two decades ago when Joel popped in to pick up his license to wed ex-wife Christie Brinkley.
Joel and Lee were wed at Joel's Long Island estate yesterday. Guests included Don Henley, Sting, and Stevie Wonder.
"Joel-Mates Tie The Knot"
By: Selim Algar & Clemente Lisi
(October 3rd, 2004)
The sound of wedding bells have chimed again for the "Piano Man."
More than 100 guests gathered yesterday to see singer Billy Joel tie the knot with a woman less than half his age in a 40-minute ceremony on his sprawling, $22 million waterfront estate in Long Island.
It is the third trip down the aisle for Joel, 55.
Joel's bride, Kate Lee, a cooking student who recently graduated from Ohio's Miami University, is 22 - only four years older than Joel's daughter, Alexa Ray, who was serving as maid of honor.
Lee wore a stunning Oscar de la Renta gown and a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes for her big day, while Joel - who was previously married to model Christie Brinkley - wore a Ralph Lauren tuxedo.
Guests, including Donald Trump and Alec Baldwin, arrived throughout the day at his new Centre Island estate, into which he moved in January.
Joel met Lee, who works as a restaurant correspondent for the TV show "George Hirsch: Living It Up!" on PBS, last year and proposed to her in January while on vacation in the Caribbean.
Joel, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who has had bouts with booze, has had more than two dozen Top 10 hits in his career, including his 1974 signature tune "Piano Man."
Joel was married to his first wife, business manager Elizabeth Weber, from 1973 to 1982. The crooner married Brinkley in 1985, but the couple split up nine years later.
Joel's wedding comes two weeks after his name was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Joel's plaque was placed in front of the Pantages Theatre, which hosts the Tony Award-winning musical based on his songs, "Movin' Out."
"When It Comes to TriBeCa, Billy Joel Is Movin' In"
(October 3rd, 2004)
The dust hasn't even settled at the newly constructed Hubert building in TriBeCa, and already one of the condo owners has flipped his apartment - at a substantial profit.
On the receiving end of the flip is Billy Joel, the 55 year-old "New York State of Mind" singer who was to be married this weekend to his 23 year-old girlfriend, Kate Lee.
Real estate brokers involved in the deal confirmed that Mr. Joel, whose primary residence is on Centre Island, off the North Shore of Long Island, had signed a contract to buy the 2,681 Square-Foot apartment for close to its $3.9 million asking price.
The original owner, Stephen Gans, paid $3 million in August, when the first apartments in the building started to close. He immediately put it up for sale, signing a deal with Mr. Joel last month.
Mr. Gans's broker, Juliette Janssens of Sotheby's International Realty, declined to say why her client decided to sell so quickly.
Mr. Joel was represented by the brokers Donna Senko and Stephen McRae, who are also with Sotheby's.
Mr. Joel's imminent purchase will be the first flip to take place at the Hubert, at Hubert and Collister Streets, where interior work on some of the lower floors is still going on. James Lansill, the senior managing director of the Sunshine Group, the marketing and sales agent for the property, said 32 of the development's 33 units had been sold or were in contract. A four-story town house incorporated into the Collister Street side of the building is still for sale, priced at $12 million.
The area around the Hubert is thick with new condo developments and conversions, including the old Wetlands Preserve nightclub building at 161 Hudson Street, where Mike Piazza, the Mets catcher and first baseman, recently signed a contract to buy a penthouse.
Billy Joel's new TriBeCa apartment practically looks like a blue-light special next to a condo of similar proportions, although farther uptown and with a slightly better view, that was bought over the summer by Michael A Spencer, the chief executive of the British brokerage firm Icap....
By: George Rush & Joanna Molloy
(October 5th, 2004)
Billy Joel, 55, and Kate Lee, 23, shared a first dance to "Moon River" Saturday night at their wedding at his Centre Island, LI, estate. Then the groom borrowed the mike. After dedicating "Try a Little Tenderness" to his bride, the "Piano Man" launched into a dozen Motown classics, backed up by "Young Rascal" Felix Cavaliere. Getting down were Billy's daughter Alexa, Christie Brinkley (his ex-wife), Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky, Paul Reiser, Don Henley, Jimmy Webb, Phil Ramone and Andy Lack...
"Brinkley Makes It To Joel's Wedding"
(October 5th, 2004)
Former model Christie Brinkley gave ex-husband Billy Joel a wedding day boost on Saturday, October 2nd, 2004, by attending his nuptials to 23 year-old Kate Lee.
Brinkley initially issued a statement suggesting she wouldn't be attending the ceremony at Joel's Long Island, New York, estate, but turned up with architect husband Peter Cook.
The new Mr. and Mrs. Joel thrilled guests like comedian Paul Reiser and Stevie Wonder by dancing to standard "Moon River" immediately after exchanging their vows.
Joel then joined the band he hired for the big day to dedicate another standard, "Try A Little Tenderness," to his new bride.
Guests were given cookies baked by the bride as a thank you gift.
The couple reportedly plan to honeymoon in Italy, France, and Switzerland.
"Carousel Music Coming Closer"
(October 8th, 2004)
On October 2, 2004, Billy Joel was married and got a verbal present from the Theodore Roosevelt Association. The TRA board voted to approve the concept of having a carousel in Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, an idea which Billy Joel is encouraging. The credit for the move goes to the Main Street Association for pulling out all the stops and giving the TRA the one thing they wanted - security for the park.
Dr. John Gable, executive director of the TRA said he has been working with the Town of Oyster Bay for the past 30 years trying to keep the park secure.
Dr. Gable explained that on Saturday (October 2nd, 2004) the TRA executive board voted to endorse the carousel, subject to the establishment of security/police in the park sufficient to protect persons and property and to enforce park rules. "We approved the plan presented by the Main Street Association of placing the carousel in what is called Zone C in the 1942 Deed of Gift, and restoring and enhancing the formal area known as Zone B," he said.
He explained that the park is divided into three divisions: Zone B, designated a passive memorial area is seen from the entrance to the park at the end of Maxwell and Audrey Avenues with a vista to the flagpole. Zone A, classified an active area is the ball field which is clearly marked by fences. Zone C is an irregularly shaped piece of land to the east of Zone B and includes the picnic pavilion, parking area and the marina.
Dr. Gable called this step one in the process. "Now they have to get the town and the county to agree. The town owns the park and the county owns the carousel and they seem to be interested in the project," he said.
"The plan is being developed by the MSA and I don't think it has been released to the public or to the town," he said. The benefit, he added, is that it is expected to make a profit, as does the carousel in Greenport.
"I'm trying to use this as leverage for a renaissance of the park. There has never been proper security in the park in the 30 years I've worked with the town. The park appears to be a lawless zone, fortunately there have been no serious incidents there," Mr. Gable said.
Security will be very important to the carousel because he said, "The horses are worth over $100,000 apiece and without adequate police protection they wouldn't last overnight even with locks, so they have to have adequate police and security."
He said Councilman Chris Coschignano, chairman of the Theodore Roosevelt Park Advisory committee has been moving to get the police booth now on South Street, opposite Dodds & Eder to be re-established at the park.
Dr. Gable said the proposed police location is an existing building being used for storage. It was originally a public rest room and has sewage, lights and electricity connections so it will be a viable location for the police booth. The small office on South Street was just a drop-in booth.
He said, "This will be a real substation with water, toilets and heat. It is sizable and there is talk of using horses [for mounted police] and there is room for that. It is basically next to where the carousel will go."
Dr. Gable said, "The carousel is beautifully designed. It is described as the Cadillac of its style when it was built in 1912. And, it is in pretty good shape. I saw pictures taken of it within the last two weeks. And, we have this terrific love of Nunley's Carousel, which is all throughout Nassau County. People will be coming here from Valley Stream who never have before. One of the members of our board, now living in Rhode Island remembers vividly riding on the Carousel."
Dr. Gable said Liz Roosevelt is in favor of the carousel as outlined above. He said she never wanted it to be located in Zone B and neither did he. He said, "a lot of the opposition in the street involves that (the location). She's heard every side of this and made up her mind after studying it and has provisos. The idea of a carousel never occurred to her or to me. We see this as a fulcrum to get a renaissance of the park and the protection it needs to which we can just say yes or no. The deed, by word says 'no carousel' but it can be removed from the document. It can be changed by signing a new agreement with the town. It's been done twice before in '69 and '73 with various and sundry changes. It becomes necessary every now and then. It is just details, but really, they couldn't proceed without it. If we were going to veto it, what's the point."
"I've written a letter to Chris Coschignano, chairman of the Theodore Roosevelt Park Advisory Committee this morning (Monday, October 4th, 2004) and carbon copied it to John Venditto (Oyster Bay Town Supervisor) since the town owns the park, and Tom Suozzi (Nassau County Executive) since the county owns the carousel, and the MSA, " he said.
Dr. Gable said the next step is for the plans to be adopted by the park committee and then they go to the town board. Nothing has been presented as yet to the park committee.
The MSA announced last week that Nassau County Police Commissioner's office, James Lawrence, Commissioner approved the removal of the South Street police booth, which has stood for many years in downtown Oyster Bay. Subsequently, Commissioner Lawrence also approved the reconstruction of a new one in Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park.
The MSA said in a press release that the request was approved just last week after the Oyster Bay Main Street Association Carousel Committee met with Ian Siegel, Special Assistant to Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi and the Deputy Commanding Officer of the 3rd Precinct, Steven Williams (Deputy Inspector Williams was previously the Deputy Inspector of the 2nd Precinct.)
The MSA said several meetings with County Executive Suozzi's office were held prior to this announcement at the urging of Dr. Gable, who insisted that safety and security must be returned to the park.
Still, there is a long process to go through and local people want to be heard. A resident said there is a concern about a quality of life issue, of being able to sit on a park bench and eat lunch without music in the background. The TR Park has been known as a passive park and that pleases some local residents. As for MSA's reasons for wanting a change, that is something people can understand, still there is a great deal that must happen before anything becomes a reality.
And as for park security, Town Councilman Chris Coschignano, chairman of the TR Park Advisory Committee has been working on fixing the current security system and is trying to get a police presence in the park.
Whichever way things go, it appears to be a win-win situation. Everyone is looking for the same end result - security in the park. That sounds like a sound idea.
"Billy Joel On Being An NYU Parent"
By: Jason Hollander
(October 8th, 2004)
Billy Joel remembers the moment when he found out that his daughter had gotten into the Steinhardt School of Education, where she is currently enrolled as a freshman in the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions.
"I was so proud I thought I was going to bust," says Joel, a Long Island native. "She needs to be in a musical community and she recognized that when she went to look at Steinhardt."
And now, Joel says, his daughter Alexa is thrilled with life as a student, swamped with schoolwork and relishing the freedom of living in the heart of Greenwich Village. She has also immersed herself in developing a musical career, he says, and is determined to succeed without any help from her Grammy-winning father.
"She's really coming into her own," says Joel. "She's an extremely gifted piano player and songwriter, and she wants to learn orchestration, ensemble work, and theory - all the things that Steinhardt has to offer."
When Joel received a letter from President John Sexton asking if he would perform at NYU's campaign kickoff gala, he didn't hesitate with his decision.
"I thought, 'Well, my daughter goes to this school now,'" says Joel. "I wanted to show my gratitude."
"Leave It To Joel To Love His Bride Just The Way She Is - Half His Age"
By: Kevin Cowherd
(October 11th, 2004)
I see where Billy Joel, the "Piano Man" himself, just got married for the third time in a traditional ceremony at his sprawling Long Island estate - well, traditional in the sense that everyone spent the entire time ducking the paparazzi.
Big deal, you say.
Celebrities like Billy Joel are always getting married for the third time. These people go through marriages the way the rest of us go through socks.
OK, fine. But this time, Joel, who's 55, married a 23 year-old named Kate Lee. Which means she's only five years older than his daughter, Alexa Ray.
Talk about robbing the cradle - that's robbing the incubator.
So what? you say. Rich and famous guys are always marrying women far younger than themselves.
Look at Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, you say.
Look at Paul McCartney and Heather Mills.
Look at crazy old Tony Randall - may he rest in peace - who married a woman 50 years younger than him before he kicked the bucket at 84.
This stuff's been going on forever, you say. In fact, you say, we're seeing more and more of the reverse now: rich, powerful women with younger men.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie. Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. Cher and whichever pool boy she's fooling around with these days.
OK, fine. But it still makes you wonder, doesn't it? After all, this is a 32-year age gap between Billy Joel and Kate Lee.
What could they possibly have in common? You know, what do they talk about?
Look, you say, this isn't about talk.
If Billy Joel wants to talk to somebody, he can talk to his manager. Or his publicist. Or the gardener. Or the chauffeur.
Billy Joel didn't marry this babe so they could discuss the Israeli-Palestinian situation, you say.
He married her because she's young, she's a knockout, she makes him feel good.
And at the end of the evening, she doesn't say: "Not tonight, honey. I have to get up early with the kids."
OK, fine. But there has to be something more to this relationship than youth and beauty and head-spinning sex, doesn't there?
What if they're sitting around the dinner table one day and Billy Joel starts reminiscing about the Beatles and what a tremendous influence they were on his music back in '64 when he first saw them?
Can Kate Lee relate to something like that?
What're the good old days for her?
An 'NSYNC concert back in 2000?
Look, you say, you're way too hung up on this talking and relating stuff in this marriage.
Besides, you say, this is Billy Joel and his new bride we're talking about here.
They're not like, you know, real people. They're celebrities, for God's sake!
If 55 year-old Joe Sixpack in your town married a 23 year-old, sure, you'd figure him for some kind of pathetic lowlife, right?
Maybe even a pervert.
But with celebrities, all the rules are different, you say.
A Hollywood geezer could date someone in middle school and no one would bat an eyelash.
OK, fine. But I happen to be a big fan of Billy Joel's and I just hope this marriage actually lasts for a while and doesn't go down in flames, like so many celebrity marriages.
Look, you say, if it doesn't work out, it doesn't work out.
"'Til death do you part" - that's just like, you know, a metaphor.
There's probably a prenuptial agreement in place that's thicker than the Long Island phone book, you say.
There's an army of lawyers ready to descend like timber wolves if either party so much as slams a door in anger, never mind actually mentions divorce.
If the marriage goes south, you say, Billy cuts her a check and says bye-bye.
Then he starts looking around for some other young thing to have on his arm when he goes to parties and concerts and movie premieres.
That's just the way things are done with the rich and famous, you say.
Boy, are you cynical.
"Billy Joel Takes A Third Wife"
(October 18th, 2004)
The "Piano Man" has a new "Uptown Girl"! Singer/songwriter Billy Joel, 55, and Kate Lee, 23, danced their first dance as husband and wife to "Moon River" as they celebrated their union among 200 friends and family members at his mansion in Long Island, NY, on October 2nd, 2004. With Billy's 18 year-old daughter, Alexa Ray, as her maid of honor, Kate, a recent graduate of Miami University, made a stunning bride in a white Ocscar de la Renta gown.
"The ceremony was brief but touching," Billy's rep tells In Touch. Afterwards, guests - including Billy's second wife, model Christie Brinkley, musician Don Henley, actor Paul Reiser and radio host Howard Stern - toasted the happy couple. "Congratulations to Billy and Kate," Christie, who is Alexa's mother, said as she entered the party. "We wish you every happiness."
Guests also enjoyed a special performance by Billy as he serenaded his new bride. The couple, who met two years ago in a New York Hotel, became engaged in January during a trip to St. Barts.
Hopefully, the third time will be the charm for the musician, who voluntarily entered a substance-abuse program after a widely publicized car crash in 2002. The New York native has more that two-dozen Top 10 hits and a hit Broadway show, "Movin' Out," to his credit. Last month, Billy received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
"Billy's Bride And Joy"
'Piano Man' Billy Joel Marries In Grand Style at His New York Estate
(October 18th, 2004)
It may have been his wedding day, but Billy Joel couldn't seem to leave work behind. There was harmonizing for 45 minutes - "until we dragged him away," says event planner Marcy Blum - with the a capella group hired to entertain guests before the ceremony. And that was him onstage at the reception, performing around 20 songs with the wedding band, including "Try A Little Tenderness," which he dedicated to his new wife, Kate Lee Joel, before dropping to his knees to serenade her. "I had to do something," he says of the romantic gesture. "I dance terribly." During the couple's first dance, to "Moon River," he notes, "I was just stepping on her feet."
Not that the bride minded. "Everything went exactly the way it was supposed to - it was perfect," Lee Joel, 23, says of the wedding, held on the grounds of Joel's 15-acre Centre Island, NY estate. Among the 210 guests: Howard Stern, Paul Reiser, Don Henley, Joel's second wife, Christie Brinkley, and Brinkley's daughter with Joel, 18 year-old Alexa Ray, who served as maid of honor. "One of the things that was especially touching was that there was a big mix of people, between relatives and ex-relatives, in-laws and ex in-laws," says Joel, 55, who was also previously wed to his former manager, Elizabeth Weber from 1973-1982. "The fact that Christie gave it her blessing was very nice. It's good to be able to get along."
After the ceremony, during which the couple - who began dating in spring 2003 - exchanged traditional vows, guests repaired to a tent designed to resemble a farmhouse complete with faux shutters, windowsills and hanging orange vines. "You looked up,and you felt like you were dining in the country," says Blum. Following a Tuscan-themed dinner devised in part by the bride, who recently taped a pilot for a new TV cooking show, the couple cut their chocolate-iced cake and were treated to several toasts, including one by Alexa Ray. "She mentioned how Kate made me happy," says Joel. "I saw people getting choked up on it." As for the groom himself, two days after the extravaganza he still couldn't stop singing a happy tune. "It feels very good," he said, "to be a married man again."
"Joel Makes A Fortune Selling His Bachelor Pads"
(October 19th, 2004)
Billy Joel is taking his third marriage seriously - he's selling off his bachelor pads, and it's making him a fortune.
The rocker, who wed Kate Lee at the beginning of the month, has already made $13.4 million from the recent sale of two properties and he's hoping to cash in again by selling his former Sag Harbor, Long Island, home for $5.4 million.
Joel, who sold his East Hampton home to Jerry Seinfeld for a whopping $32 million in 2001, spent a small fortune renovating the 18th century mansion in Sag Harbor, and admits it has been one of his favourite homes - but he never has time to reside there.
Joel and his new bride have made their number one home a $22 million mansion on Long Island's North Shore, which they bought in January.
"Billy Joel Gives Mini Concert at 2nd Anniversary of 'Movin' Out'"
By: Morgan Allen
(October 26th, 2004)
Singer/songwriter Billy Joel took to the stage and performed two songs for lucky audience members in attendance for "Movin' Out's" second anniversary on Broadway. The performance, on October 24th, 2004, was followed by an anniversary party at Oceo, in the Time Hotel, on West 49th Street in midtown Manhattan.
At left, Billy Joel and wife Kate Lee, as well as Elizabeth Parkinson, Scott Wise and their one month old baby James arrive at the party.