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Billy Joel announces July 10 Comerica Park concert

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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The Piano Man will be playing center field, or thereabouts, at Detroit's Comerica Park this summer.

Rock and Roll and Songwriters Hall of Famer Billy Joel will perform July 10 at the home of the Tigers, his first stadium appearance as a solo artist in Detroit. Tickets go on sale Nov. 15, with an American Express card pre-sale Nov. 11-Nov. 14.

It will be Joel's first performance in the metro area since a Feb. 15, 2014 show at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Joel previously played the Pontiac Silverdome with Elton John during August of 1994.

The Comerica Park concert was announced Friday morning, Nov. 8, in the stadium's Tigers Club by retired Tigers star and current broadcaster Kirk Gibson -- who was assisted by team mascot Paws in unveiling a Tigers jersey bearing Joel's surname and the number 20.

Rick Franks of Live Nation Entertainment said Joel's Comerica show has been four years in the making to find a date that worked. "We've been playing a lot of baseball parks" Franks said. "He loves the history of baseball, he loves the parks...His business now is stronger than it was 30 years ago. It's crazy. It's going to be a great time."

Joel does not tour anymore but rather plays select concerts each year in addition to the monthly shows at New York's Madison Square Garden, where he's played 117 times since December of 2013.

Joel, who's sold more than 150 million albums during his career, has not released a new pop album since 1993's "River of Dreams," though his classic set "Fantasies and Delulsions" came out in 2001.

More information is available via 313Presents.com.

Web Site: www.313Presents.com

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