Billy Joel has seen the lights go out on Broadway, and now he’ll power down the Nassau Coliseum too. Joel will play the final show at the famed Long Island venue on Aug. 4, before it closes for renovations. The Uniondale, New York arena will reopen in December of 2016.
“Who else but Billy Joel could play the final show at Nassau Coliseum?” Brett Yormark, Barclays Center CEO and the man who will oversee the Coliseum’s reinvention, said in a statement. “Billy is the definitive voice of Long Island and has made a lasting impact on his community in so many ways. We appreciate having him close the building in such a fitting way as we prepare to give Long Islanders a spectacular venue with world-class programming and a retail and entertainment destination they will be proud of.”
Joel was born in the Bronx, but raised in Hicksville, New York. He still lives on Long Island, and has a standing monthly residency at Madison Square Garden. He’s performed at the Nassau Coliseum 31 previous times, including a string of nine sellouts in 1998, a record for the venue.
Tickets go on sale on May 1. Watch Joel perform “Big Shot” during a 1982 concert at the Nassau Coliseum below.