Listen: Billy Joel releases new song ‘Turn the Lights Back On’


Long Island’s favorite musician just dropped his first song in nearly two decades.

Billy Joel released “Turn the Lights Back On,” a love ballad, on Thursday, Feb. 1, on all streaming platforms. It can also be heard by tapping the video at the top of the page.

This is the first single since the Piano Man released “All My Life” in 2007.

While it’s been 17 years, Joel still has it.

“I’m late, but I’m here right now,” Joel sings. “Is there still time for forgiveness?”

The song was produced by New York City’s Freddy Wexler, who has worked with a litany of A-listers in his career, including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Kanye West (now known as Ye), Lil Wayne, and Selena Gomez.

Joel, 74, who has lived in Hicksville, Centre Island, and the East End, has earned five Grammy awards and 23-time nominations in his career that has spanned five decades. He will be performing at The Grammys this Sunday at Arena in Los Angeles.

New Yorkers may have a few chances left to hear his new song locally.

In June, he announced that his regularly sold-out residency will end in July 2024. The first of a final string of 10 concerts began on Oct. 23.

“For me and my band, Madison Square Garden is more than just our office. It’s home,” Joel said. “It’s hard to end — even at 150 lifetime shows … I just want to thank everyone for the wonderful things that have happened here.”

Joel’s Long Island mansion on Centre Island hit the market for $49 million. Reports indicate he’ll be spending most of his time in Florida while still maintaining some property on Long Island.

Top: Billy Joel performs in concert for the grand re-opening of the Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)

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