* One of Joel's earliest musical efforts was being part of Attila, an early 1970s PsychedelicRock album, whose first and only record is often called [[BileFascination "one of the worst albums ever recorded"]]. It's some kind of ConceptAlbum built around UsefulNotes/AttilaTheHun and features no guitars, just an organ and drums. It's an EarlyInstallmentWeirdness album that is painfully bad:
** ''Music/{{Attila}} (1970)''
* In 2000 when UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton announced her intention to run for the US Senate, she intended to have Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind" played at the conference. Due to a mixup with a confused staffer and a copy of 'Billy's Joel's Greatest Hits Volume 1' instead of playing track 5, they ended up playing track 2- "Captain Jack", [[BSODSong which is about a life ruined by heroin dependancy.]] [[EpicFail Whoops.]]
* During a Russian concert, he [[BerserkButton flipped his shit]] when lights were shone on the audience. He threw a tantrum onstage (though he claims to have thrown a ''piano'' instead) and kept beating on his crew members while still performing "Sometimes a Fantasy". [[TalkingIsAFreeAction Singing Is A Free Action]]?
-->'''Billy Joel''': When am I gonna take control, get a hold of my emotions? STOP LIGHTING THE AUDIENCE! Why does it only seem to hit me in the middle of the night? STOP IT! You told me there's a number I can always dial--LET ME DO MY SHOW, FOR CHRIST'S SAKE! I don't want to deal with outside action; only you can give me satisfaction...
* Billy snarks his way through "Piano Man" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG-qg9GABYg line by line]].