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Billy Joel Unhurt in Quake; Donating Proceeds to Victims

January 18, 1995

PELHAM, N.Y. (AP) _ Billy Joel was shaken awake but unhurt in the earthquake that struck Japan and is donating concert proceeds to victims.

Joel was in Osaka for two concerts when the quake hit. He was sleeping on the 20th floor of the Osaka Hotel Plaza and escaped with no injury even though the hotel sustained major damage, spokeswoman Elaine Shock said in Pelham.

None of his band or crew members, scattered in three hotels around the city, were hurt, she said.

``All of us are very aware of our good fortune in having survived this tremendous earthquake,″ Joel said in a statement. ``We are among the lucky ones.″

He promised to donate some of the proceeds from the concerts in Osaka, one held Wednesday night and the second scheduled for Thursday. He is trying to get the promoter and his record company also to donate to relief funds, Shock said.

``We want these concerts to have a meaningful purpose _ to begin to lift the spirits of the people of Kansai,″ Joel said.

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