Billy Joel won’t be coming back to Charlotte anytime soon, but local fans can hop in a car and make the 80-mile drive to Winston-Salem if they want to see him this fall.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, the 68-year-old singer-songwriter-pianist will perform at BB&T Field at Wake Forest University; the show marks Joel’s first-ever stadium concert in North Carolina and will be his only tour date in the Carolinas in 2018.
He last came to Charlotte in December 2015 (a review of that Time Warner Cable Arena show is here). Before that, he and Elton John filled the uptown arena to capacity in 2009.
Though Joel hasn’t had a bona fide hit song in more than two decades, his catalog of generation-defining tracks has stood the test of time, from 1973’s breakout single “Piano Man” to 1983’s “Tell Her About It” to 1993’s “The River of Dreams.”
And he’s still getting it done live, though mostly in New York: Joel’s record-setting Madison Square Garden residency has been a huge success, and this year he’ll eclipse 50 shows and a million tickets sold as part of that residency.
Tickets for the BB&T Field concert – the venue’s first since hosting Guns N’ Roses last August – will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 via www.livenation.com. A pre-sale for American Express card members will be held from 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12, until 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. Details: www.americanexpress.com/entertainment.