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5 signs that Billy Joel still matters (a whole lot)

12/05/2015 at 12:30 | charlotteobserver

It’s true that Billy Joel hasn’t had a hit song since the first year of Bill Clinton’s first term as president. Yet somehow – all these years later – the 66-year-old singer remains both popular and relevant.

We know he’s popular because his concert at Time Warner Cable Arena on Saturday night is sold out, and concerts at Time Warner Cable Arena don’t often sell out. And we know he’s relevant for many reasons, including these:

1. News of his concerts is always “major”: When Time Warner Cable Arena announced way back in January that Joel was coming, it did so via a splashy press conference with expensive catering and a video featuring Charlotte Hornets players doing (bad) karaoke versions of “Piano Man.”

By comparison, recent arena announcements for upcoming performances by mega-stars like Amy Schumer, Rihanna and Maroon 5 were delivered using a standard e-mailed press release, with no fanfare.

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