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Billy Joel announces one-off concert at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Billy Joel announces one-off concert at Melbourne Cricket Ground, promising to play all of his greatest hits instead of ‘obscure tracks’

Billy Joel is coming to Australia.

The New York-born music legend, 73, has announced a special one-off concert at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 10 this year.

The Piano Man will play his biggest hits for adoring Aussie fans, including likely Uptown Girl, Movin’ Out and She’s Always A Woman.

Billy Joel, 73, has announced a special one-off concert at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 10 this year.  He is pictured in Boston in 2019

Billy Joel, 73, has announced a special one-off concert at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 10 this year. He is pictured in Boston in 2019

“It’s strange going all the way to Australia to do just one show, but I think that’s the deal,” he told the Herald Sun on Monday.

‘You have to make songs that people know. You can’t just do all your obscure album tracks because a lot of people might not know them,’

“You have to have quite a few hits, but you also have to do songs that you enjoy doing,” he added.

The one night show at the MCG is part of Always Live, a collaboration between the Victorian Government and Frontier Touring.

The first – and only – time the hitmaker previously starred in the MCG was 24 years ago when he performed with Elton John in 1998.

The Piano Man will play his biggest hits for adoring Aussie fans, including likely Uptown Girl, Movin' Out and She's Always A Woman.  He is pictured at Madison Square Garden in November

The Piano Man will play his biggest hits for adoring Aussie fans, including likely Uptown Girl, Movin’ Out and She’s Always A Woman. He is pictured at Madison Square Garden in November

Melbourne Mayor Sally Capp said: sunrise that event organizers were ‘pulling out all the stops’ to keep the city ‘as Australia’s events and arts capital after the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are absolutely thrilled that one of the greatest artists of our time will be playing at an iconic stadium in Australia’s music capital,” she said.

The third best-selling solo artist of all time, Billy has sold more than 150 million records in his career, recently revealing an incredible 23kg weight loss after undergoing back surgery earlier this year.

The music legend revealed last year that he inadvertently lost weight after losing his appetite after back surgery.

The music legend recently lost more than 22kg after losing his appetite after back surgery.  (Pictured in 2018 for his weight loss)

The music legend recently lost more than 22kg after losing his appetite after back surgery. (Pictured in 2018 for his weight loss)

“I had back surgery early this year and the pain after that was so bad that I lost my appetite,” he said on the Howard Stern Show in November.

“I embraced that, I said, ‘Okay, I won’t eat that much’ and I ate less and less and less and then there was just annoyance in life and that tends to, you know, affect your appetite too .’

“I had grown quite fat,” Billy added. “I was glad I lost the weight.”

Billy also revealed that he paid his band their full salary during the pandemic.

‘I paid them full salary for a year. I have a great band, I’m so happy to have them on stage…I don’t do as many gigs as I used to…back in the day when I had some money problems I couldn’t take care of the band as I am now. ‘

Billy has had a monthly residency at Madison Square Garden since 2014, with all 73 of his shows sold out.

But in March 2020, the COVID pandemic forced him to put everything on hold, he returned in November.

Billy has had a monthly residency at Madison Square Garden since 2014, with all 73 of his shows sold out.  But in March 2020, the COVID pandemic forced him to put everything on hold.  He returned in November

Billy has had a monthly residency at Madison Square Garden since 2014, with all 73 of his shows sold out. But in March 2020, the COVID pandemic forced him to put everything on hold. He returned in November

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