Where’s Liberty?

I think I’ve mentioned it before here, but there’s been a noticeable absence on the Billy Joel tour and supporting appearances on TV: drummer Liberty DeVitto. While he was left out of the recording sessions on RIVER OF DREAMS, he’s been part of Joel’s band forever. So what happened?

It looks ugly.

New York Daily News – Home – Rush & Molloy

“I told him I was getting divorced, my ex-wife was getting everything, could he help me out? I helped him create hits, but I wasn’t getting any royalties. The next day, he had the tour manager tell me, ‘No way.’” When Joel didn’t invite him to his 2004 wedding to third wife, Kate Lee, DeVitto says, “I wrote him a letter, confronting him about his drinking and certain management issues. People said I discredited him. But then he went into rehab and proved me right.”


2 Responses to “Where’s Liberty?”

  1. Overworm
    27. February 2006 at 10:45

    No offense to Liberty, but something doesn’t smell right. Okay, the guy is getting divorced. Okay, it sounds like a particularly bitter divorce. But in what state does a wife (whom I assume didn’t make the household money) get to keep “everything”?

    It sounds like either Liberty has taken a certain liberty (ouch!) with the truth. Maybe he’s not happy with living half as nice as before he married and divorced a vengeful woman. Maybe he blew his half on gambling, drugs, or something else. All I know is that he should at least be walking out of the divorce with half, if not more, of what he had on the last day of the marriage.

    Sounds like maybe he wanted a free ride from Joel, or approached Joel in an altogether inappropriate manner (which is possible give the state of mind he might have been in as he navigated a nasty divorce) when he asked for monetary assistance. I don’t know.

    What I do know is it sounds like he’s made a lot of money from working with Joel for all these years. If he’s handled his money in a halfway decent manner he shouldn’t need a handout. Divorce or no divorce.

  2. EzekielRawlins
    27. February 2006 at 11:06

    I’m inclined to agree w/Overworm here. Perhap he’s just venting his anger/angst/regret at the wrong person-in this case, Billy Joel. And what’s that saying about cleaning up your own backyard before you go knocking on your neighbor’s door?