When you grow up listening to Billy Joel as part of the Saturday morning chore ritual as his songs echo from the radio, you might think the day of ever seeing him sing in a piano bar are long over. The days when he would play the piano into the wee hours of the night for “bread in his jar” to help support his mother and make all the ends meet. The days where you could sit around the piano with him and help throw out requests and he would play them, that those days were history. Yet somehow, THE “Piano Man,” invited 18,200 of his closest friends to sit around the piano and sing with him, and get this, he does this once a month.
This Piano Man has captured the heart of NY in one little show at Madison Square Garden once a month until the people stop coming. Sure there are lights, jumbotrons, technicians, cameras, the glow of every cell phone in the house, but ultimately there is this ONE man sitting behind his piano shouting out songs to the crowd for us to chose from. We strolled with him down memory lane as he would explain these songs are from “The Stranger” album, these songs were recorded in 1972, and “I never thought I would look like my father, I never wanted to look like my father and there he is,” as he points to the jumbotron far above, “Hi Dad!” In these brief moments we are let into the man, the man behind the piano, this aging human man behind the piano, that still relates to the world like you or I. We see the man, the “Piano Man,” that has kept Billy Joel on the radio and in the hearts of Americans, since his first note hit the airwaves.
This Piano Man, will be playing The Worlds Largest Piano Bar for years to come. He keeps it fresh for those who see him often and for those that only get to see him once in a lifetime this is the place and time to see him. You will leave with a song in your heart and a head full of memories. Even if you are sick of hearing THAT song, you will never top hearing 18,200 fans sing “Piano Man” at one time, it is the ultimate piano bar experience and an overwhelming thank you to the man who captured THAT feeling, years ago, sitting around his piano.