Billy Joel unveils 50-pound weight loss at Madison Square Garden following back surgery

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Billy Joel has unveiled a new look.

The singer/songwriter return to Madison Square Garden last week where he revealed a slimmer physique. The Piano Man’s appearance at the iconic New York City venue is his first since the start of the pandemic.

Multiple outlets reported the star has lost 50 lbs.

Two weeks ago, the 72-year-old appeared on “The Howard Stern Show” where he told the shock jock that his weight loss was due in part to his recovery after back surgery.

Multiple reports revealed Billy Joel has lost 50 pounds following back surgery.
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“I had back surgery early this year and the pain afterward was so bad that I lost my appetite,” Joel explained. “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.”

While the weight loss wasn’t intentional, the musician noted he was grateful that it happened.

“I had gotten kind of chunky,” said Joel. “I was happy to lose the weight.”

In 2019, Joel opened up about getting older as an artist who frequently performs on stage.

Billy Joel performs on stage at Madison Square Garden on November 05, 2021 in New York City. This show marks Billy Joel’s 120th lifetime performance at Madison Square Garden and also marks the resumption of his residency. 
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“This is a Peter Pan kinda job,” he told Rolling Stone at the time. “You start out, and you’re young, and you’re rockin’ and rollin’, and that’s what you do all your life. You become a little myopic about how old you actually are. I see pictures of myself at the Garden recently, and I go, ‘That don’t look right.’ I got old. I lost my hair. I was never a matinee idol to begin with, and there I am onstage still doing the same job I was doing when I was 16.”

Joel noted that it would be “ridiculous” for him to radically change his appearance at this stage in his life.

Musician Billy Joel poses at the piano after a press conference at Madison Square Garden July 18, 2018 to celebrate his achievement of 100 lifetime performances at Madison Square Garden in New York.
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“I’ve always been a schlubby-looking guy, and I ain’t about to change,” said Joel. “Plastic surgery, wigs, I don’t know. It has nothing to do with music. It’s all about an image and look. I am 70 years old. I’ve never hidden my age, so why should I start now?”

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