Billy Joel has largely stopped touring in recent years, so news that the Piano Man is returning to the road is cause for celebration indeed.
That may be why the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Wednesday pulled out all the stops for a press conference — including an appearance by Mayor Bob Buckhorn — to announce that Joel is returning to the Forum on Jan. 17. Tickets are $39.50-$119.50, and they'll go on sale Nov. 15.
Joel last played the Forum in 2009 alongside good buddy Elton John, but his most recent swing through the bay area was actually an intimate Q&A session with St. Petersburg College students and faculty in March 2012 at the Palladium. There, he played snippets of a few songs and told stories about his career and songwriting process.
This concert — one of only three shows on Joel's brief January tour, Forum officials said — promises to be a much more expansive event, with Joel playing hits from all points of his career.
And when he gets to Tampa, he may have a little something special waiting for him.
"I will, given the opportunity, give him a key to the city, because he is that important in the music industry," Buckhorn said