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.
“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.”