According to an interview in the Sept. 15 issue of Billboard, Billy Joel is not in the mood to record a collection of pop/rock tunes anytime in the near future.

According to an interview in the Sept. 15 issue of Billboard, Billy Joel is not in the mood to record a collection of pop/rock tunes anytime in the near future. "If I forced myself to write a rock record, it would flat-out suck," insisted the singer/songwriter, the 1994 Billboard Century Award honoree. Perhaps Joel wasn't kidding when on "Famous Last Words," the closing track on his last studio album (1993's River of Dreams), he sang, "These are the last words I have to say." Fantasies & Delusions comprises a set of ambitious, impressionistic piano instrumentals. Composed (but not performed) by Joel, the 10 pieces tap such classical influences as Chopin and Debussy. Recorded in that most classical of cities, Vienna, the interpreter is prize-winning young classical pianist Richard Joo. While this album will surely surprise longtime fans, it has the potential to introduce Joel to a new audience.—MP