The Piano Man’s Legacy

November 16, 2010
Photo: The Howard Stern Show

Howard wondered if Billy ever felt burdened by the piano, and Billy admitted it could be his best friend and worst enemy: “If I’m trying to write something and I’m not getting it, it’s like a big beast with 88 teeth.”

While difficult to write, said songs are simple things–never a call to arms: “I don’t think I can change the world by singing a song.”

Billy hoped his songs would be preserved in their original album form and not, as his record company wants to do, as a series of Greatest Hits collections: “To me they’re kind of diluting my work.”

The Supergroup That Wasn’t

Photo: The Howard Stern Show

Late in the interview, Billy told the crew about a supergroup he’d once thought about doing something with: Sting, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen and Steve Winwood. “You know how Clapton is on guitar? That’s how Steve is on a keyboard,” Billy told Howard. “I’m shy around him.”

Billy said the supergroup never came together, a disappointment, as he’d love to work with Bruce and the boys: “He’s a great lyricist. He’s a good musician, too.”