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Billy Joel goes viral for an improvised street performance on a discarded wooden piano on Long Island

Billy Joel goes viral for an improvised street performance on a discarded wooden piano on Long Island

Billy Joel gave some lucky spectators a special performance after stumbling upon a discarded wooden piano in Long Island, New York.

Caught recently mobile footagethe 71-year-old singer-songwriter could be heard playing a Ragtime-style tune on the sidewalk after seeing the instrument on the curb.

While examining the state of the keys and mechanics after his improvised show, the five-time Grammy winner concluded that it was a ‘perfectly good piano’.

The Piano Man: Billy Joel gave some lucky spectators a special performance after hitting a discarded wooden piano in Long Island, New York

The Piano Man: Billy Joel gave some lucky spectators a special performance after hitting a discarded wooden piano in Long Island, New York

The Piano Man commented, “The action is good. It just needs to be fine-tuned. And the finish is right. ‘

“It is a shame to throw it away, at least it should be given to St. Vincent de Paul or something,” he told eyewitnesses while wearing a motorcycle helmet.

After suggesting a neighborhood thrift store, someone agrees, “They’ll probably take it.”

Impromptu: In recently captured cell phone footage, the 71-year-old singer-songwriter could be heard playing a Ragtime-style tune on the sidewalk after seeing the instrument on the curb (seen in January)

Impromptu: In recently captured cell phone footage, the 71-year-old singer-songwriter could be heard playing a Ragtime-style tune on the sidewalk after seeing the instrument on the curb (seen in January)

Impromptu: In recently captured cell phone footage, the 71-year-old singer-songwriter could be heard playing a Ragtime-style tune on the sidewalk after seeing the instrument on the curb (seen in January)

Review: “It’s a shame to throw it away, should at least be given to St. Vincent de Paul or something,” he told eyewitnesses while wearing a motorcycle helmet

“These are laminated keys, the pedals work, the action is great,” Joel continues. “The mechanics are perfect.”

According to NewsdayJoel was riding a motorcycle when the sight of the abandoned piano caught his eye in the Huntington Branch.

His representative confirmed that the man in the now viral YouTube video, uploaded on June 26, is indeed the musical icon People.

Inspect: While examining the state of the keys and mechanics, the five-time Grammy winner concluded that it was a 'perfectly good piano'

Inspect: While examining the state of the keys and mechanics, the five-time Grammy winner concluded that it was a 'perfectly good piano'

Inspect: While examining the state of the keys and mechanics, the five-time Grammy winner concluded that it was a ‘perfectly good piano’

A fan identified the song he was playing as Shelton Brooks ‘Darktown Strutters’ Ball in the comments section.

While it’s unclear what happened to the piano, it marks his first live performance amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Last year, the father of three opened up about the toll of touring and his decision to go into a ‘semi-retirement’ to Billboard.

“We played five or six gigs a week,” he told the outlet. “When you first start out and you go around the world with your buddies, you’re like a teenage gang. Very exciting. After a few years you will be Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. ‘

He then shared his relationship with his wife, Alexis Roderick, and said, “It’s not good for a relationship to be gone for so long. So I became a homey. ‘

Two of his scheduled performances, for March 19 and April 10 at Madison Square Garden in NYC, were postponed due to the persistent outbreak of the coronavirus.

Calm down: Last year, the dad of three opened up about touring's toll and his decision to introduce a 'semi-retirement' for Billboard (pictured in 2020)

Calm down: Last year, the dad of three opened up about touring's toll and his decision to introduce a 'semi-retirement' for Billboard (pictured in 2020)

Calm down: Last year, the dad of three opened up about touring’s toll and his decision to introduce a ‘semi-retirement’ for Billboard (pictured in 2020)

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