Spotted: Billy Joel in Nashville

Posted February 7th, 2013 at 8:25 pm (UTC+0)
6 comments

By Katherine Cole

Except for his powerful performance during the  Hurricane Sandy benefit concert last December, we haven’t had a lot of  Billy Joel spottings the past few years.

But that might be changing. He’s on the lineup of the New Orleans JazzFest this spring and just last week thrilled a crowd at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University when he took part in ” what was billed as An Evening of Questions and Answers and a Little Bit of Music.”  Open only to a thousand lucky students and faculty members, the event provided the thrill of a lifetime to an 18 year-old freshman from Rosyln, NY,  Michael Pollack.  According to a story in the Nashville Tennessean, Pollack  made a pact with his roommate  that if the Joel called on either of them during his Q-andA, they’d ask to come up on stage and perform with him.  What happened next? The Tennessean has this video (as long as you’re not squeamish about a few of the astonished expletives coming from the crowd).

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6 Responses to “Spotted: Billy Joel in Nashville”

  1. Mona says:

    Way to go, Michael!
    Isn’t great that Billy Joel could improvise and let an 18 year old shine.

  2. Dana says:

    What a treat! I’ve always had a soft spot for Billy Joel.

  3. If only all the “stars” were so generous!

  4. karen says:

    this is awesome! it reignited my love for billy joel. how wonderful that he made that kid’s dream come true. thanks for posting, KC!

  5. Kate says:

    ‘he’s got chops!’…I love that Billy Joel was so generous to this obviously talented kid; the kind of human generosity that makes me cry. Wonderful post.

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