Billie Joel ex-drummer Liberty DeVitto settle a lawsuit against his former boss

Billy Joel’s longtime drummer has settled a lawsuit accusing his former boss of depriving him of royalties from many of his biggest albums, the singer’s lawyer said on Wednesday.

Liberty DeVitto was Joel’s principal drummer from 1975 to 2005, performing on such albums as “The Stranger,” “52nd Street,” “Glass Houses” and “Storm Front,” as well as in Joel’s touring band.

In his May 2009 lawsuit, DeVitto alleged that Joel breached agreements to pay him unspecified royalties based on sales of 11 albums that were recorded between 1975 and 1990, and which collectively sold more than 100 million units worldwide.

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