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Billy Joel has hip-replacement surgery

New York -- Billy Joel's publicist confirmed Wednesday the U.S. rock 'n' roll icon has undergone double hip replacement surgery. said the 61-year-old musician had the operation last week to correct a congenital ailment.

"Billy Joel is doing extremely well following bilateral hip replacement," Joel's spokeswoman Claire Mercuri told the Web site.

The report did not say when Joel is expected to take the stage again.

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Baldwin to interview Joel at film fest

East Hampton, N.Y. -- Alec Baldwin is to interview his fellow Long Island, N.Y., native Billy Joel during a program at the Hamptons International Film Festival, organizers said.

The actor and the rocker are to conclude the festival's "SummerDocs" series with a screening of "The Last Play at Shea" Sept. 4, followed by a question-answer session at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

Alexa Joel felt funny and wanted to live

New York, December 8 -- Billy Joel's daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, who apparently tried to kill herself by taking an overdose of pills, has recovered and is “feeling much better.”

Sources: Joel's daughter attempts suicide

New York -- Alexa Ray, daughter of singer Billy Joel and former model Christie Brinkley, was hospitalized after attempting suicide in New York, sources say.

Two unidentified law enforcement sources said it appeared Ray, 23, tried to kill herself by ingesting eight sleeping pills at her New York apartment Saturday, the New York Daily News reported Sunday.

Ray's publicist, Claire Mercuri, said her client was in stable condition at a New York hospital following the incident and another unidentified source told the New York Post Ray was released after medical staff deemed her situation to be non-life-threatening. Her family would not offer specifics regarding the incident, saying only that Ray was in stable condition.

Joel-John's San Jose concert canceled

San Jose -- The Face2Face concert Billy Joel and Elton John were scheduled to perform Tuesday in San Jose, Calif., has been postponed because Joel is ill, organizers said.

"Live Nation and Another Planet Entertainment, as well as HP Pavilion at San Jose, were informed today that Billy Joel is unable to tour due to medical reasons," said a statement posted on John's Web site Monday.

Billy Joel illness postpones N.Y. concert

Albany, N.Y. -- Promoters of a "Face 2 Face" concert in Albany, N.Y., say the event was postponed after singer Billy Joel came down with flu-like symptoms.

The event promoters told the Albany Times Union on Saturday that Joel's illness resulted in his Albany show with singer Elton John scheduled for Monday being postponed to an undetermined date.

A "Face 2 Face" concert in Buffalo, N.Y., that was scheduled for Friday was also postponed to an undetermined date.

The promoters told the Times until the new dates for the two New York shows are finalized, those holding tickets for the prior dates should keep their tickets ready for final arrangements.

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Billy Joel to divorce his young wife Katie Lee

Los Angels, June 18: The grapevine has it that actor Billy Joel and wife Katie Lee are heading for splitsville after 5 years of marriage. The couple confirmed yesterday that they are divorcing.

Katie and Billy Joel separate

New York -- Billy Joel's publicist said Wednesday the U.S. rock 'n' roll icon and his chef wife, Katie Lee, have split up.

"After nearly five years of marriage Billy Joel and Katie Lee Joel have decided to separate. This decision is a result of much thoughtful consideration. Billy and Katie remain caring friends with admiration and respect for each other," said a joint statement issued to by representatives for both parties.

Katie, 27, is a former host of TV's "Top Chef." She married Joel, 60, in September 2004. He was previously married and divorced two other times.

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