Drummer Sues Billy Joel

Liberty DeVitto, who drummed for Billy Joel 1975 to 2005, has filed a lawsuit against the Piano Man, claiming he is owed royalties.

DeVitto also named Sony Music in the lawsuit. The famous drummer, who says he was a “creative force” behind Joel’s music, told the New York Post that his relationship with the star might have deteriorated when he confronted Joel about the musician’s alcohol problems.

Joel underwent rehab for alcohol abuse in 2005.

“I thought I could say things to him as a friend,” DeVitto told the Post.

The drummer’s lawyer isn’t sure of the amount owed, saying Joel’s record sales are subject to an audit.