Billy Joel is not one to push his political views, but he made a silent statement recently in response to resurfacing white nationalists and neo-Nazis. For his encore performance on Monday night at Madison Square Garden, Joel wore a yellow Star of David, the badge Nazis forced Jews to wear leading up to and during the Holocaust.
The 68-year-old music legend, who was born to Jewish parents, performed his encore with two badges on his jacket.
And on the day of the Solar Eclipse a yellow star appeared on the jacket of another kind of star with a clinched fist that seemed to be gripping painful, no excruciating, memories of loved ones who wore that star to their death. May that star also remind you today of the gold stars pinned to the jackets of soldiers for their bravery and valor for fighting an evil so hideous even the gold stars in the sky were afraid to shine. Thank you Billy for reminding people what was ...so it may never ever be again. My darling @alexarayjoel another reason to be proud of your Pop. Photo @myrnasuarezphoto #historyteacher #billyjoel #msg #wealreadyfoughtthiswar #wedidntstarthisfirebutwewillputitout! #nohate
In June, the singer told Rolling Stone magazine:
I am a private citizen and I have a right to believe in my own political point of view, but I try not to get up on a soapbox and tell people how to think.
The song "Piano Man" still elicits thunderous applause, and Joel knows this is one reason fans come to see him perform repeatedly. It's an escape. "We're more like court jesters than court philosophers."
Joel didn't start this fire.