Thursday, January 9, 2014

Rock Hall inductee Billy Joel to play Quicken Loans Arena on April 1

Posted By on Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 1:40 PM

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This afternoon, Live Nation and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum held a press conference at Quicken Loans Arena to announce that singer-songwriter Billy Joel will perform at the area on Tuesday, April 1. Tickets go on sale on Friday, Jan. 17.

“I have seen this artist a number of times at the [old Richfield] Coliseum and here and we’re really excited,” said Live Nation’s Barry Gabel, who wore a baseball cap from a 1994 Joel show at Gund Arena.

“It’s always great to be here talking about events like this,” said Len Komoroski. “Last night, we just had Jay Z. We couldn’t have better partners than Live Nation. We’ve seen Cleveland become a must-play market. We have seen such an array of artists come through. According to Pollstar, we’re ranked 12th domestically. Billy Joel’s Oct. 17, 1994 concert here sold out in a matter of minutes. He christened the opening of this building and is one of our most frequently played artists. As we look at our 20th anniversary, there’s no better way to celebrate.”

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Greg Harris was also on hand. He spoke about Joel's connection to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in 1999.

“We’re always thrilled when an inductee is playing Cleveland,” said Harris as he read statistics about Joel’s platinum album sales and Top 40 singles. “We’re grateful for bringing Billy Joel back here. He was there at our groundbreaking for the museum. He’s been a huge supporter. He was inducted in 1999 by Ray Charles. Think about that. He’s been an instrumental part of our family for such a long time.”

Joel last played Quicken Loans Arena in 2009 when he teamed up with Elton John on the “Face 2 Face” tour.

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