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Billy Joel Donating A Portion Of 65th Birthday Gig To Charity
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Billy Joel Donating A Portion Of 65th Birthday Gig To Charity
 BILLY JOEL DONATING A PORTION OF 65th BIRTHDAY GIG TO CHARITY
Billy Joel will be giving back to his local community during his birthday gig at Madison Square Garden. Billy’s May 9th show at the legendary Manhattan venue is his 5th of 12 sold out gigs at the Garden and will be played on the "Piano Man’s" 65th birthday, with Newsday reporting that a portion of the show’s proceeds will go to Long Island’s North Shore Animal League's Bianca's Furry Friends.
 
The campaign is "being spearheaded by his friends Howard and Beth Stern and would fund the addition of a second floor to the group's Port Washington headquarters and expand space for animal care."
 
Billy Joel always credits the unique upbringing he received growing up as a baby boomer on Long Island as the son of a German father and a British mother: "A lot of music being played in then house -- mostly classical music, when I was a kid. Broadway musicals, y'know, pop music from New York radio. (My) father would play piano, my mother would sing in Gilbert & Sullivan operettas; that’s where my parents met. It was a Jewish family, although I wasn’t brought up with any religious upbringing. I used to go to mass, ‘cause all my friends were Catholic. I thought that’s what you did on a Sunday -- you went to mass, that’s what everybody did. Um, so, interesting mix of things." 
 
March 14 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
March 21 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
April 1 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
April 6 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
April 11 - - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
April 18 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
May 9 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
May 17, 22, 27 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
June 1 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center
June 7 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden
June 21 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
July 2 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
July 18 - Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field
July 26 - Washington, DC - Nationals Park 
August 2 - Philadelphia, PA - Citizens Bank Park
August 7 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
September 17 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
October 2 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
November 25 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
December 18 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden

Photo Courtesy of Billy Joel/MSG
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