Brooklyn Paper excerpt -
Finally! He’ll actually hold a concert out in Brooklyn.
Billy Joel, the Long Island singer and songwriter whose brand of
classic rock sells out arenas across the globe, will play a
one-night-only show at the Barclays Center this New Year’s Eve.
The concert will be the first show in Brooklyn for the musician — who
famously sang about playing a set in 1970s-Brooklyn as the city around
him collapsed in the masterpiece “Miami 2017 (I’ve Seen the Lights Go
Out on Broadway)” — and his first in New York City since he played Shea
Stadium in 2008 just before it was torn down.
“We are thrilled that he has chosen Brooklyn first in making his
return,” said Barclays Center chief Brett Yormark outside the arena on
Wednesday. “It’s going to be a truly exciting night.”
Joel was born in the Bronx, but does have some Brooklyn roots,
according to Borough President Markowitz, who claimed the rocker
informed him that his grandparents lived in Flatbush, and he would go to
shows at the Loews theater on Flatbush Avenue.