Billy Joel takes blame for Bruce Springsteen’s motorbike break down

Joel says he built motorcycle that left the Boss stranded in New Jersey

Billy Joel has taken blame for Bruce Springsteen‘s motorbike break down which saw Springsteen stranded by the side of the road in New Jersey earlier this month.

Bikers from the Freehold American Legion stopped to help the musician on their way home from a Veterans Day event on November 11. One of the group, Dan Barkalow, said he saw a stranded rider ahead of them near Allaire state park in Wall Township. “Bikers gotta stick together,” he said, according to the Guardian. “I stopped to see if he needed help and it was Bruce.”

According to the biker, they tried to get Springsteen’s bike back up and running. When they couldn’t, the veteran songwriter got on the back of another of the group’s bikes and went to a local bar with them.

Visit us on Facebook What started out as a story of interest posted to our American Legion Facebook page has devolved into a nauseating political altercation full of vitriol and insults, none of which are from our members. If we are to survive as a nation both sides have to stop the hate. Both the incoming and outgoing presidents have asked for unity, we should listen. There are men and women serving in the military who are now deployed far from their home. They are putting their lives at risk, they have left their families and the people they love to defend this nation. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. -Legion Riders Rescue Bruce- Yesterday members of Post 54 Legion Riders, Dan Barkalow (pictured) and Bob Grigs with their friend Ryan Bailey represented Post 54 at the Veteran’s Day ceremony conducted at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Holmdel. At the conclusion of the ceremony they decided to take advantage of the beautiful day by taking a ride to Manasquan before returning to Freehold. On the way home, taking the back roads to Freehold, lead rider, Dan, noticed a broken down bike on the side of Allaire Road, near Allaire State Park. The Legion Riders pulled over to assist their fellow motorcyclist, who just happened to be Freehold native Bruce Springsteen. Unable to get his bike started, Bruce called for help, hopped on the back of Ryan’s bike and they drove to Mulligans in Farmingdale. One beer later his ride arrived. Dan stated that Bruce was a very down to earth regular guy who fit right in with his fellow, not so famous, Freehold boys. Bruce did take their names and telephone numbers, so maybe they’ll be riding together some day!

Visit us on Facebook What started out as a story of interest posted to our American Legion Facebook page has devolved into a nauseating…

According to The Guardian, Billy Joel has now taken blame for the faulty bike, telling an audience in New York on Monday (Nov 21) that he had built the bike Springsteen had been riding. Joel put the machine together at 20th Century Cycles, the “motorcycle gallery” he owns in Oyster Bay, Long Island.

Joel played ‘Born to Run’ during his show at Madison Square Garden in New York on Monday, then told the crowd he had called Springsteen to apologise for the motorcycle mishap. Springsteen reportedly replied “No worries”.

Joel is currently continuing his Madison Square Garden residency that has been running since January 2014 – he has sworn to play there every month until there is no longer demand. He recently announced his 38th show of the residency, taking place on 22 February 2017.