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Rock star Billy Joel to open new Nassau Coliseum in April of 2017

This will mark the venue’s reopening after undergoing a major renovation. On August 4, 2015, Billy Joel fans packed the venue for its final show, as Joel performed a three-hour set of his classic hits.

A native of Long Island, Joel will play his 33rd career show at Nassau Coliseum. He sold out the venue nine times in 1998, which was a record for the most sellout shows in one year. As a result of that milestone, a banner continues to hang in the rafters.

Governor Andrew Cuomo praised Joel for being both an “international icon,” as well as a “New York treasure.” Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano confirmed that there is no better performer that is suited for this re-opening.

Throughout his decorated career in the music industry, Joel has sold 150 million albums, and he is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time. He has also won six Grammy awards, which include the “Grammy Legend Award.” Joel is a Kennedy Center honoree, as well as a member of the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

To learn more about singer-songwriter Billy Joel, check out his official website.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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