The Piano Man opened Tuesday's show at the old venue with his 1977 hit "Movin' Out." And didn't let up for three hours, wrote Newsday.
Long Island's favorite son didn't disappoint and the sold-out crowd was treated to everything from the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" into his "River of Dreams," and Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" into a roaring "You May Be Right."
And the Hicksville native built the show specifically for the Long Island faithful — whether Joel was talking about fights he had in a Northport restaurant, his first gig at Holy Family Church in his hometown or quipping that he'd be fine if a road isn't named for him, referring to a proposal to rename a stretch of Route 107 in Hicksville after him, saying, "I'd rather be alive."
And even though LI's only major professional sports team is headed to Brooklyn, Joel still got fans to cheer "Let's go Islanders!" throughout the epic night.The inimitable @billyjoel closes out the Barn. Nothing like this. Still have chills. Love you, @Nassau_Coliseum pic.twitter.com/0RpsU5RiHC— Conor Finnegan (@cjf39) August 5, 201
Joel similarly played the last concerts at Shea Stadium when it closed in 2008.