Billy Joel is in a new body state of mind.
Over the weekend, the "Piano Man" singer took the stage in New York City for his first post-pandemic concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In doing so, Billy also showed off a slimmed down version of himself, having lost 50 pounds.
The singer spoke to Howard Stern last month about his weight loss, claiming it was actually unintentional.
"I had back surgery early this year and the pain afterwards was so bad I lost my appetite," he said told the famed radio host. "I embraced that, I said, 'Okay, I won't eat as much' and I ate less and less and less and less and then there was just life aggravation and that tends to, you know, impact your appetite too."
Still, although he never set out to drop the weight, Billy is thrilled with the results.
"I had gotten kind of chunky," he contended. "I was happy to lose the weight."
While the pandemic was beneficial for his waistline, the same can't be said for Billy's bottom line since he didn't perform live shows for a while. Regardless, the onstage icon revealed in that same Howard Stern chat that he paid his band despite not working for well over a year.
"I did pay them full salary for a year," he confirmed. "I have a great band, I'm so happy to have them on stage … I don't do as many gigs as I used to but … I wanted to take care of the band."