A story about Billy Joel in Brooklyn that doesn’t call him ‘Piano Man’

NOW WITH VIDEO! Billy Joel to play Barclays Center on New Year’s Eve

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Finally! He’ll actually hold a concert out in Brooklyn.

Billy Joel, the Long Island singer and songwriter whose brand of classic rock sells out arenas across the globe, will play a one-night-only show at the Barclays Center this New Year’s Eve.

The concert will be the first show in Brooklyn for the musician — who famously sang about playing a set in 1970s-Brooklyn as the city around him collapsed in the masterpiece “Miami 2017 (I’ve Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)” — and his first in New York City since he played Shea Stadium in 2008 just before it was torn down.

“We are thrilled that he has chosen Brooklyn first in making his return,” said Barclays Center chief Brett Yormark outside the arena on Wednesday. “It’s going to be a truly exciting night.”

Joel was born in the Bronx, but does have some Brooklyn roots, according to Borough President Markowitz, who claimed the rocker informed him that his grandparents lived in Flatbush, and he would go to shows at the Loews theater on Flatbush Avenue.

Those roots may have led to inspiration for some of his lyrics. The balladeer mentions the Borough of Kings in a few of his songs, claiming he was crazy for walking “through Bedford-Stuy alone” in “You May Be Right,” a chart-topper from 1980’s “Glass Houses.” His last No. 1 hit, “We Didn’t Start the Fire” off of 1989’s “Storm Front,” notes that the Brooklyn Dodgers won a championship in 1955.

Tickets for the show will go on sale on Nov. 9 at 10 am at,, or by calling (800) 745–3000.

The show will begin at 9 pm, with the band Ben Folds Five — featuring latter-day piano man Ben Folds — opening for Joel.

Billy Joel at the Barclays Center [620 Atlantic Ave. at Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, (800) 745–3000] 9 pm on Dec. 31, 2013. Tickets go on sale on Nov. 9.

Updated 4:39 pm, October 31, 2013
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John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Pardon my inquiry, but Billy Joel is still alive? Sorry for the interruption and apparent ignorance of what's typically called, for lack of a better name, "pop culture."
Oct. 31, 2013, 11:36 am
thursday says:
uggh, billy joel.... Jill Scott at Radio City - a much better choice to make - unless Prince was in town.
Oct. 31, 2013, 11:52 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
"Sing us a song/you're the piano man"????
Isn't that the same as "paint us a fence/you're the plumber" for intents and purposes?
Pardon me, but the above? Obviously not a true Wasserman.
Oct. 31, 2013, 12:24 pm
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
" a Real Estate Novelist"
Now, I'm not sure what one of those entails, but I can't imagine the book sales doing very well, assuming this person actually received a publishing deal...Of course, this is only the opinion of one man. Unfortunately, this man's name happens to be your own John Wasserman.
Oct. 31, 2013, 12:32 pm
Charlie from Flatbush says:
Isn't that the same as:
"You're a real drip/you're the Wasserman"???? ........for intents and purposes, of course.
Oct. 31, 2013, 3:51 pm
Billy from Sag Harbor says:
There's a place in the world for the angry young man
With his working class ties and his radical plans
He refuses to bend he refuses to crawl
And he's always at home with his back to the wall
And he's proud of his scars and the battles he's lost
And struggles and bleeds as he hangs on his cross
And likes to be known as the angry young man
Oct. 31, 2013, 4:09 pm
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
..."he's trading in his car for a cadilac ack ack ack/you outta know by now"...

I'm sorry, but why should we already know the vehicle buying habits of this charactor? Sorry for pointing this out.
Oct. 31, 2013, 4:54 pm
Chevy Chase from Maryland says:
Nov. 1, 2013, 7:57 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
If you don't mind, Mr. Chase, I have to say: "Nice work" to you, sir.
Why is the waitress studying politics?
Pardon my asking.
Nov. 1, 2013, 10:47 am

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