New York, NY (PRWEB) November 03, 2013
By any standard, Billy Joel is an American icon, who at the same time remains as down-to-earth as any other person. As a singer-songwriter, Billy Joel brings to the concert stage more than 40 years of song and music and his upcoming concert tour promises to be an eye-opener for old-time and new fans alike. Joel goes back to his roots with his upcoming tour which will have a show at the Brooklyn's Barclay's Center on New Year's Eve. This is one great way to end the year and start a new one.
The New Year's Eve concert is part of Billy Joel's 2013-2014 Tour which has brought him to Ireland and the United Kingdom. A native of New York, it is only fitting that he have his show at the Barclay's Center. Built in 2012, the Brooklyn concert venue has been waiting for Billy Joel to do a show. Barclay's Center CEO Brett Yormark considers Joel as a must-have artist in terms of concert performances at the venue. This is the first time Joel will be performing at the Barclay's Center, and his first ever performance arena in New York since 2008 when he was the last artist to perform at Shea Stadium before it was torn down. His one other big venue New York performance was at the 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy relief benefit show at the Madison Square Garden.
Billy Joel's career has been nothing short of phenomenal. Starting from the 1970s, Joel has had 12 albums, which have reached an aggregate 33 Top 40 singles. All in all, he has sold more than 150 million copies of his records. He was nominated for 23 Grammy Awards, winning 6 times. In 1992, he was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, and into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006. In addition, the Songwriters Hall of Fame awarded him with the Johnny Mercer Award in 2001.
Unlike his previous years' concerts, the Barclay's Center show will most probably showcase less of his hits. He may have hinted at this during an intimate concert at the Paramount Theater in Huntington Long Island where he performed his lesser known songs. Younger fans were unfamiliar with some of the songs during the first part of the set, which included “Room of Her Own”, “Stop in Nevada," “Blonde Over Blue," and “This is the Time.” But the fans weren't disappointed when he picked up the set during the second half with a string of his hit songs.