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Billy Joel To Rock Brooklyn Tonight
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Billy Joel To Rock Brooklyn Tonight
Billy Joel and about 19,000 of his closest friends will ring in 2014 tonight (December 31st) during his first-ever show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Although no opening acts have been announced for any of Billy's other tour dates, for tonight's Brooklyn gig, Ben Folds Five will serve as the "Piano Man's" warm-up. Most fans remember Billy's last major New Year's Eve show back in 1999 at Madison Square Garden, which was chronicled on his third live album -- 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert.
 
Billy Joel band multi-instrumentalist Mark Rivera will release his debut solo album on February 18th, called, Common Bond. Among the many guest stars on the set are -- obviously -- Billy Joel, Ringo Starr, Toto's Steve Lukather, and Nils Lofgren, among others. Rivera, who joined Billy's band in 1982 as its saxophonist -- and has recently been running double duty as the bandleader for Ringo's All Starr Band -- told us that at Billy's upcoming dates, special albums will be spotlighted nightly: "Let's say, like, six, six of the songs -- and more of the inside tracks that you've never heard. We've already rehearsed a couple of songs that you haven't heard for a long time. What it is, is he doesn't want to do full length albums start to finish. It's like, y'know, (laughs), he jokingly said, 'I'd get bored listening to my album.' But what he wants to do is feature, let's say, The Nylon Curtain, which got (critical) acclaim, but didn't sell -- by his standards. We'll do Turnstiles, we'll do about six songs, because he's gotta do. . . again, people are going to come from all over, they're not going to come for one album." 
 
December 31 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
January 7, 11 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center
January 17 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum
January 22 - Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
January 27 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
February 3 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
February 9 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
February 15 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace Of Auburn Hills
February 21 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center
March 21 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
April 18 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
May 9 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
May 17, 22 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
June 7 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
June 21 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena
July 2 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena
August 7 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena
September 17 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena

Photo Courtesy of Billy Joel/MSG
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