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Billy Joel returning to the Q

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Jan 16, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Live Nation has announced that Billy Joel will perform at Quicken Loans Arena at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1.

The concert will be Billy Joel's first appearance at The Q since 2009 when he teamed up with Elton John for their "Face 2 Face" tour, and his first solo date since 2007. It also marks the 20 year milestone since he headlined as the grand opening performer for the arena (then Gund Arena) in 1994.

"Billy Joel will be forever tied to the history of this arena as the very first artist who got it all started for us on opening night, October 17th, 1994," said Len Komoroski, Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena CEO. "As we flash forward to 2014, we are thrilled to welcome back the iconic showman who kicked off two decades of world class entertainment in downtown Cleveland."

Joel has had numerous sold out performances in Northeast Ohio throughout his illustrious career. He is one of the highest grossing touring artists in the world. Having sold over 150 million albums globally, his music has remained among the most popular in the world.

The singer/songwriter/composer is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist.

Recently, Joel was honored by Steinway & Sons with a painted portrait that hangs in Steinway Hall in Manhattan, the first non-classical pianist to be immortalized in the collection. He played to more than 110,000 fans when he performed the final concerts at Shea Stadium, featured in the 2010 documentary film "The Last Play At Shea." Joel recently received The Kennedy Center Honor, one of the United States' top cultural awards.

Billy Joel has received six Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Legend Award. He has been inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has received numerous industry awards. His music has also served as the inspiration and score for the hit Tony Award-winning Broadway play "Movin' Out."

American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public through today.

Tickets will be available for purchase by the general public beginning at 10 a.m. Friday via theqarena.com, all Northern Ohio Discount Drug Mart locations, Quicken Loans Arena box office, and by calling 888-894-9424.

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