Billy Joel coming to PNC Park on July 1
Rock 'n' roll hall-of-famer Billy Joel will perform July 1 at PNC Park, officials at the stadium announced Jan. 14. Tickets for the show go on sale Jan. 22.
Joel last played here in February 2014 to a sold-out crowd at Consol Energy Center, Uptown. Since January 2014, Joel has played one concert a month at New York City's Madison Square Garden. He has sold out the arena for 30 shows through June of this year.
The concert was announced with a Pittsburgh Pirates jersey emblazoned with the name Billy Joel on the back, and the number 7-1-16, unfurled by Frank Coonelly, president of the Pirates.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald were on hand, with Peduto declaring Jan. 14 Billy Joel Day in the City of Pittsburgh, via an official proclamation. Peduto also noted that with Kenny Chesney in town July 2 at Heinz Field, the annual Furry convention (Anthrocon), and the 200th anniversary celebration of Pittsburgh, all around the same time, the North Shore and Downtown are going to be very busy.
There was a short video preview of Joel's performances through the years.
“I don't know about you, but watching that, I suddenly felt really old,” Peduto said. “I remember being at the ‘Glass Houses' tour at the Civic Arena, the white-tennis-shoes era.”
Fitzgerald noted that, “Billy Joel is only doing a few cities, baseball cities, iconic places like Wrigley Field (Chicago) and Fenway Park (Boston).”
The weekend also would normally include the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, but organizers are discussing moving the festival to August, mainly to avoid dangerous river conditions that hampered the water activities last year. Moving the date of the regatta has been in discussion since last year and is not related to the two concerts, according to event manager Peony Entertainment.
PNC Park has hosted a variety of musical acts, including Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones and Jason Aldean, who was the last big act to perform at the stadium in 2014.
Joel has received six Grammy Awards, a Tony Award for “Movin' Out,” a Broadway musical based on his music, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. He has been inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has sold 150 million records over the past quarter-century.
Tickets for Joel's PNC Park show will be available at 877-893-2827, at pirates.com/billyjoel and livenation.com and at the PNC Park box office at 10 a.m. Jan. 22. There are presales available for American Express cardholders Jan. 18, Pirates season ticket holders Jan. 20 and SiriusXM subscribers Jan. 21. The show is at 8 p.m.