A partial Red Dawn reunion backstage in Philly before the Billy Joel concert at Citizens Bank Park on August 13, 2015. Left to Right: David Rosenthal, Larry Baud, Chuck Bürgi
Backstage at Madison Square Garden with Billy's band and Ithzak Perlman. Clockwise Left to Right: Mike Delguidice, Carl Fischer, Andy Cichon, David Rosenthal, Mark Rivera, Chuck Bürgi, Crystal Taliefero, Tommy Byrnes, Itzhak Perlman.
Backstage at Madison Square Garden with Ithzak Perlman.
At the March 9th, 2015 Madison Square Garden show, Itzhak Perlman joined Billy Joel and band for a special performance of the songs 'Downeaster Alexa' and 'And So It Goes'. Itzhak Perlman was actually the guest soloist on the original recording of 'Downeaster Alexa', although he was credited as World Famous Incognito Violinist. L-R: Billy Joel, David Rosenthal, Itzhak Perlman.
Billy and David performing with an orchestra on January 26, 2008 at a fund-raiser held at The Academy of Music in Philadelphia.
Backstage with Steven Tyler at the Stone Music Festival in Sydney, Australia.
Hanging out at NAMM 2012 with Jordan Rudess, Patrick Moraz, and Chris Martirano.
Backstage with Ethan Bortnick, just before filming his PBS special in Green Bay Wisconsin.
In 2012 I participated in a Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp along with Gene Simmons, Sebastian Bach, Vince Neil, Zak Wylde, Mark Farner, Kip Winger and many others. This photo was taken outside the camp's new headquarters in Las Vegas. Left to Right: Rudy Sarzo, Kip Winger, David Rosenthal, Sebastian Bach, Lita Ford, Rod Morgenstein, Teddy Andreadis, John Moyer.
Here I am at BB Kings in NY sitting in with one of my favorite bands of all time – The Good Rats. Left to Right: David Rosenthal, Lenny Kotke, John Gatto, Joe Franco, Peppi Marchello, (not pictured – Mickey Marchello).
It was an honor to meet Ray Kurzweil at the 2011 NAMM show. Just behind me is Steve Fortner (editor of Keyboard Magazine).
Backstage at the 12-12-12 concert with Paul Schaffer.
Here I am with Chick Corea and my protégé Michael Arrom at the Blue Note during Chick's 70th birthday celebration.
The Last Play at Shea movie documentary made its debut on October 21, 2010 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. Todd Kamelhar (Executive Producer), Jeff Schock (Archivist - not pictured) and I were there to introduce the new film. We also did a Q and A with the audience afterwards.
The shot was taken at an Elie Wiesel recording session at Legacy Studio
in New York during pre-production for Elie's 'Memories and Melodies of
my Childhood' concert. Left to Right: David Rosenthal, Marion Wiesel,
Phil Ramone, Elie Wiesel, Frank Filipetti, Matthew Lazaar.
Here's my view from the stage at Wrigley Field.
A partial Red Dawn reunion took place in Toronto, 2009 when Tristan came to a Billy Joel show. I also had a chance to see Tristan perform in 'We Will Rock You' and he was great! Left to Right: Chuck Burgi, Tristan Avakian, David Rosenthal
In 2008, Tomita invited me to be a guest speaker at his graduate class which he teaches at a university in Japan. Here I am pictured with Tomita (on my right) and Tack Takahashi (on my left) and 3 of Tomita's grad students.
Here's a moment from Last Play at Shea concerts in 2008. The orchestra is behind me and Tommy Byrnes is on the right.
This photo was taken during the encore at the Barack Obama fundraiser at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom on Oct. 16th, 2008. Left to Right: Tommy Byrnes, David Rosenthal, India Arie, John Legend, Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, Chuck Bürgi, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Billy Joel, Crystal Taliefero and Alexa Joel.
Billy Joel and his band performed at the Barack Obama fundraiser at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom on Oct. 16th, 2008 along with Bruce Springsteen, India Arie, John Legend and Alexa Joel. Billy and Bruce also performed together, accompanied by Billy's band. President Obama spoke at the event. At the end of the gig, President Obama hugged each one of the band members. Left to Right: Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Michelle Obama and Barack Obama hugging David Rosenthal).
Performing at a Billy Joel concert in 2007, this shot was taken during the synth solo in 'Angry Young Man'.
Billy and I at a soundcheck 2007.
Billy Joel and band before the gig in Mexico City 2007. Left to right: Carl Fischer, David Rosenthal, Tommy Byrnes, Mark Rivera, Billy Joel, Crystal Taliefero, Chuck Burgi, Andy Cichon.
Understage with my gear in 2007.
Mark Rivera and Tommy Byrnes in Scotland. What a look!
Here is a promo shot I did for Yamaha in 2006.
Tomita's 'Pictures at an Exhibition' was the first album that I heard with synthesizers and it was his work that inspired me to purchase my first synthesizer at age 14. I was thrilled when Tomita came to a Billy Joel concert in Tokyo. Here we are under the stage with my gear before the show in 2006.
Chuck, Tommy and I toured with Enrique in 1997 on his Vivir World Tour, so this was a reunion of sorts. Left to Right: Chuck Burgi, Tommy Byrnes, Enrique Iglesias and David Rosenthal in 2006.
Performing with Billy Joel in Washington, DC in 2006.
Performing at a Billy Joel concert in St. Paul 2007.
Here I am with Dr. Robert Moog at the 2004 NAMM show.
Recording basic tracks for Happy the Man's 'The Muse Awakens' in 2004.
Here I am during a soundcheck in Australia with my keyboard technician, Jerry Pratt. Before every show, we check through all my equipment to make sure everything is working properly. Jerry took care of my keyboards and equipment from 1990 - 2010.
Here I am with a cappuccino and a set list just minutes before the show in Auckland, New Zealand. Sometimes we have no idea what songs we will play until right before we hit the stage!
In action during one of the Billy Joel/Elton John Face to Face shows in Australia. Clockwise from top: David Rosenthal, Billy Joel, and David Santos
Here I am with the temporarily blonde Mark Rivera during a concert in Australia. In case you're curious, the song is 'We Didn't Start the Fire.'
The 1998 Billy Joel Band in Melbourne, Australia.Back row from left: Michael Mellett, Crystal Taliefero, Liberty DeVitto, Bekka Bramlett. Front row from left: Tommy Byrnes, David Santos, Mark Rivera, David Rosenthal.
'The Blondes' (guess the real ones!) during a flight from Perth to Auckland. Clockwise from top: David Rosenthal, Mark Rivera, Bekka Bramlett, John Jorgenson, Davey Johnstone (John and Davey are from Elton's band).
Elton and I backstage before the show in Melbourne, Australia.
A rare photo of Billy wearing a selection from Elton John's wardrobe. At the last show in Japan, Billy raided Elton's dressing room and actually wore this outfit on stage for one song! The expression on Elton's face was priceless. From left to right: Tommy Byrnes, Billy Joel, David Rosenthal.
The Piano Men!
This shot was taken in Australia during the 1998 Billy Joel/Elton John Face to Face world tour.
On stage with Liberty DeVitto.
A candid shot taken during pre-tour rehearsals in Sag Harbor.
The entire band as shown in the Face to Face tour program. Back row from left: Mark Rivera, Crystal Taliefero, Bekka Bramlett, Michael Mellett. Front row from left: David Rosenthal, David Santos, Billy Joel, Liberty DeVitto, Tommy Byrnes.
Mark Rivera and I at soundcheck.
A candid shot taken during one of the Nassau Coliseum shows.
'Thank you New York. Good Night!'
Sometimes at soundcheck, we gather around Billy's piano and discuss the setlist. From left to right: David Rosenthal, Liberty DeVitto, and Billy Joel.
Billy's band in action during one of the 9 sold-out Nassau Coliseum shows. Clockwise from top: David Rosenthal, David Santos, Tommy Byrnes, Crystal Taliefero, and Liberty DeVitto.
Football legend Dan Marino visits backstage before one of the Ft. Lauderdale shows. Back row: David Rosenthal, Tommy Byrnes, Dan Marino, Mark Rivera and Liberty DeVitto. Front row: David Santos.
During the song 'Innocent Man,' I come up to the front of the stage and play Billy's piano while he sings.
Prior to the March 1st show in Philly, I was interviewed live on the radio by legendary DJ Ed Sciaky.
This picture was taken by Tomohiro Akutsu at one of the shows during the '2000 Years Tour.'
Another candid shot taken by Tomohiro Akutsu at one of the shows during the '2000 Years Tour.'
Legendary producer Phil Ramone stops by at the 2000 Years Millennium concert at Madison Square Garden.
I had a chance to meet Chick Corea at the Blue Note in New York. Just before the show, I reviewed one of his handwritten charts.
Here I am with Keith Emerson in front of his legendary Moog Synthesizer. The picture was taken just after an Emerson Lake & Palmer concert in New Jersey in 1999.
This promo picture of Rainbow was taken in 1982 just prior to the release of Straight Between the Eyes. Clockwise from top: Ritchie Blackmore, Joe Lynn Turner, Roger Glover, David Rosenthal, and Bobby Rondinelli.
This picture was taken during a Rainbow sound check at Madison Square Garden in 1982. It was my first world tour, and this particular show was a high point because the Garden was where I used to go to see concerts when I was growing up.
Rainbow 1982 in Helsinki Finland receiving gold album awards from Polydor for the Straight Between the Eyes LP. Left to Right: Pekka Saila (Polydor), David Rosenthal, Roger Glover, Joe Lyn Turner, Bobby Rondinelli, Ritchie Blackmore, Bruce Payne and Polydor rep.
Here we are in the control room at Le Studio while recording the orchestra for "Eyes of Fire" on Rainbow's "Straight Between the Eyes" album. That's me on the right following along with my handwritten score (I was only 20). L-R: Ritchie Blackmore, Robbie Whelan (studio assistant), Nick Blagona (engineer), Roger Glover, David Rosenthal.
A great moment captured in the control room at Le Studio. I am awaiting Ritchie's comments after the first time he heard my orchestration performed for "Eyes of Fire". He loved it but at this particular moment I didn't know that yet! L-R: Nick Blagona (engineer) Roger Glover, David Rosenthal, Ritchie Blackmore.
This photo was taken during the recording of Rainbow's "Eyes of Fire" at Le Studio in Canada in 1981. The Montreal Symphony was the orchestra that performed my arrangement. The song appears on the Straight Between The Eyes album.
This promo shot was taken in 1984 during Little Steven's 'Voice of America' World Tour. Clockwise from top left: Dino Dannelli, David Rosenthal, Jean Beauvoir, Little Steven, Gary Tibbs.
On stage with Little Steven in London - July 14, 1984
Here I am in Trafalger Square in 1986, on the set of Cyndi Lauper's 'Change of Heart' video clip. From left to right: David Rosenthal, Sterling Campbell, Cyndi Lauper, Rick Derringer, and Kevin Jenkins.
I have been endorsing LM Cases for more than 30 years. This is from a photo shoot I did for an ad in 1987.
This picture of me with Robert Palmer was taken backstage just before a show on the 1988 'Heavy Nova' World Tour.
This picture of me with Billy Joel was taken backstage at Madison Square Garden just before a show on the 1993 'River of Dreams' World Tour.
Here I am backstage with my keyboard equipment during a sound check on the 1994 Billy Joel / Elton John 'Face to Face Tour'.
...the crowd files in for one of the 5 sold-out shows at Giant's Stadium in New Jersey on the 1994 Billy Joel / Elton John 'Face to Face Tour.' Playing for my home town crowd is always a high point of every tour.
This photo originally appeared in Burrn magazine (October 1996) as part of a feature interview.
In Prague with Yngwie Malmsteen after the orchestral recording sessions for the Millennium Concerto Suite.
The Czech Philharmonic rehearsing the Millennium Concerto Suite at Dvorzak Hall in Prague.
In the control room in Prague listening back to the recordings just made by the Czech Philarmonic of Yngwie Malmsteen's Concerto Suite. The open book on the console is my orchestral score. L-R: Chris Tsangerides (producer), David Rosenthal, Yngwie Malmsteen, Tomoyoshi Ezaki (engineer).
Enrique Iglesias' band in Miami just minutes before we began our last concert of the 1997 'Vivir' tour. From left to right: Chuck Bürgi, David Rosenthal, Kevin Jenkins, Tommy Byrnes, Suzie Prepp, Sue Hadjopoulos, Jorge Cintron.
This picture was taken in a Madrid bullring at a soundcheck on the Enrique Iglesias 'Vivir' World Tour.
Making last minute checks of my keyboards just prior to a show at the Meadowlands in New Jersey on the Enrique Iglesias 'Vivir' World Tour.
This picture originally appeared in the tour program from the Enrique Iglesias 'Vivir' World Tour.
Right in the middle of my serious classical piano solo, Enrique interrupted me for a three-fingered rendition of 'Heart and Soul.'
At the end of the Enrique Iglesias 'Vivir' world tour, Enrique presented the band with platinum albums commemorating the 83-concert tour which sold over 750,000 tickets worldwide.
This was the original picture that appeared on the home page of this web site from 1998-2000. It was also used in an ad campaign for my alma mater, Berklee College of Music. Photo by Dan Muro