Piano Man Is in a ‘New York State of Mind’

Piano Man is in a 'New York State of Mind'

This is news that I’ve been champing at the bit to share since I ran into Billy Joel in Sag Harbor the last time this September–he’s not only touring again but he’s playing Madison Square Garden. Four times early next year! Scheduled dates are January 27, February 3, March 21 and April 18. He’s also playing the Barclays Center on New Year’s Eve. Super cool.
I was out on a date with an acquaintance of his and we were both headed to the same place, Tutto il Giorno, a couple of months ago so we stopped and chatted for a few minutes. It was then that Billy offered that he was planning on packing his bags and heading out on a limited tour. At the time he said he was definitely doing a few shows in Europe and that he was considering adding a few select venues here in the States.
Not only has he been selling out his shows at a rapid pace, he’s also sure to expand the demographic of his fan base and putting a few more butts in seats once his “Glee” episode airs tonight.
I first saw Billy in concert a few decades ago back when he was still doing handstands on his piano. Man, did he ever put on a memorable show! It’s been a long while since I’ve seen him perform but I’m willing to bet that he’s still worth the price of admission, and then some.
I took this photo of him at the Group for the East End benefit two summers ago.

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