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.


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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.



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