December 25, 1989 12:00 PM

Billy Joel

We all used to like him just the way he was, but Joel, leaving behind the lyrical song-writing that made him such a Long Island treasure, seems more and more inclined to want to position himself as a rocker. Let’s hope he comes to his senses before he reverts to—scary thought—the leather-pants-gold-medal-lion-bleached-punk-hairdo stage.

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