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Billy Joel to play Wembley (2006)

Billy Joel

Story by Jack Foley

BILLY Joel will be bringing his critically acclaimed world tour to the UK this summer, including a date at Wembley Arena on Monday, July 10, 2006.

Kicking off in Birmingham’s NEC on July 5, the tour will see Billy Joel and his eight-piece band (including his four-piece horn section) perform in some of the UK’s top indoor arenas, including Manchester, Glasgow’s and Dublin’s Croke Park.

A 6-time Grammy award winner, Billy Joel has sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide and was the first artist to have five albums past the seven million mark.

Having not performed in the UK since 1994, Billy Joel is back in the UK to perform hits from his massive repertoire, including River of Dreams, We Didn’t Start the Fire, New York State of Mind, Just the Way You Are, It’s Still Rock n’ Roll To Me, Piano Man, Tell Her About It and Uptown Girl.

He will be accompanied onstage by his longtime backing band, which includes, among others, Mark Rivera on saxophone, guitar, percussion, Crystal Taliefero on percussion and sax, and from the original 1970s line up, Richie Cannata on saxophone.

He is in the middle of breaking a World Record for selling out New York’s Madison Square Garden’s 12 consecutive nights, beating Bruce Springsteen’s previously held record of 10 nights.

The UK dates in full are as follows (July):

Wednesday 5 – Birmingham NEC
Monday 10 – Wembley Arena
Wednesday 19 – Manchester MEN Arena 0870 190 8000
Monday 24 – Glasgow SECC
Saturday 29 – Dublin Croke Park