Depending on whether you’re the type to know “Piano Man” by heart and gleefully belt out every lyric or one of those who curse that tune as the most heinous development in the history of drunken karaoke, whether you believe “New York State of Mind” to be a classic standard or “We Didn’t Start the Fire” to be an insidious affront to your intelligence and your eardrums, consider this either your final official notice or your warning:
Billy Joel is performing at Vivint Smart Home Arena this coming Wednesday for his first solo concert in Salt Lake City in 10 years.
So you should be either chasing down last-minute tickets or finalizing your evacuation plans.
Should you require more information on the latest goings-on of William Martin Joel to make a better-informed choice on whether to be in the front row or at a soundproofed safehouse, well, that’s what we’re here for.
When • Wednesday, 8 p.m.
Where • Vivint Smart Home Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City
Tickets ��� $49.50-$149.50; Ticketmaster
He’s 68 and just became a dad again
If Joel appears bleary-eyed and cranky in concert, it’s possible he’s just sleep-deprived.
After all, on Oct. 22, his 35-year-old fourth wife, Alexis Roderick, gave birth to their second daughter together, Remy Anne. The couple’s other young daughter, Della Rose, was born in August 2015. (Joel also has a 31-year-old daughter, Alexa Ray, with ex-wife Christie Brinkley.)
Those are two pretty young kids for a 68-year-old man.
But if Mick Jagger can have a baby at 73, Joel just needs to suck it up.
Don’t expect a new album from him anytime soon
Joel hasn’t released new music since 1993. And in a wide-ranging interview with Rolling Stone in June, he revealed that probably isn’t going to change.
While he told Rolling Stone that he comes up with new music all the time, he doesn’t have plans to do anything with it.
“I wake up every morning, I get out of bed and I’ve got a song idea in my head. Not necessarily a song idea, but either a melodic idea or a symphonic idea. I dream symphonies sometimes. So I’m still writing music. I never stopped writing music. I just stopped writing songs,” he told RS. “I suppose I could [put out an album] if I wanted to record again. I’m just not compelled to.”
He’s climbed aboard the superhero train
Everyone’s getting in on the superhero fad these days. Including Joel, now. Worry not, though, about the mental image of him in some spandex-and-leather outfit. (Well, too late now, I suppose. Sorry for that.) He’s not about to join the ever-growing Avengers lineup, nor is Piano Man set to become the worst comic-book character idea ever (as far as I know, anyway).
Rather, the Thanksgiving episode of the CW series “Arrow” [SPOILER ALERT, “ARROW” NERDS!] featured a plotline in which a Joel concert is the intended target of a planned terrorist attack. The show’s executive producer, Marc Guggenheim, is reportedly a Long Island native and, thus, a big Joel fan, and secured permission to use some old concert footage of Joel performing “No Man’s Land” for the episode.
He’ll be playing once a month at Madison Square Garden for infinity
In the event you want to see Joel, but can’t in SLC for some reason or other, maybe make it a point to get out to MSG sometime.
Joel will apparently be performing there at least once a month until the end of time.
He’s got a long-running residence program going with the venerated venue, in which he performs there at least once a month.
The streak, it was recently announced, has now been extended to at least a 50th consecutive month, which will take place March 28, 2018.
As of now, there are no plans to stop. Or to make it stop, depending on your perspective.