has checked himself into a substance abuse and psychiatric hospital in Connecticut. According to The Advocate
of Stamford, the 53-year-old singer-songwriter is receiving counseling for chemical dependency. In a statement, Columbia Records said: "Billy Joel recently checked himself into Silver Hill Hospital for a planned 10-day stay to deal with a specific and personal problem that had recently developed. Joel scheduled his stay in Silver Hill several weeks ago and expects to leave in a few days, as planned." In March, Joel postponed his tour with Elton John
because he was ill.