Biggest yet: Billy Joel’s coming to JPJ

Billy Joel, the "piano man" who shot to fame in the mid-1970s with a moving song by that title and then successfully danced through various musical genres, is bringing his tunes to town.

According to an email sent out to customers of the John Paul Jones Arena shortly after 10pm Sunday, Joel will perform Friday, February 23, and tickets go on sale December 1.

How big is Joel? The Recording Industry Association of America estimates that he's sold over 100 million records.

Formerly married to supermodel Christie Brinkley, Joel has another twenty-something as his current bride. And although he pronounced himself retired from music making in the mid-1990s, his occasional tours often produce phenomenal results, such as appearing before nearly half a million people in Rome on July 31 of this year.

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Biggest yet? Bigger than our hometown Dave Matthews Band, who's been one of the hottest tickets in the world for the last 10 years? Bigger than Eric Clapton, who's been THRICE inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame? Somebody's been having too many bottles of red and bottles of white.

I have to agree. Joel is big, but nothing beats DMB at home... I got to be a part of the magic in September, and it's hard to imagine anything topping it.

Jeepers - where did you get that photo of Joel - his high school yearbook?

"Biggest drinker yet", that was a typo. Or maybe it was referring to the 100 million albums figure.