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Billy Joel’s performance scheduled for ┬áCitizens Bank Park on Friday is sold old, making it his sixth consecutive sold-out show in the 40,000-seat stadium. If you hedged on buying tickets, the good news is that he now has a residency at the Phillies stadium. The first-of-its-kind arrangement all but guarantees he will be back here playing all his mega hits next year.

But don’t wait around for an Atlantic City casino show. That will likely not happen — again.

During an early-1990s press conference in Center City, Philadelphia, Joel was asked by a reporter why, unlike the Rolling Stones and numerous other rock superstars, he had never played at an AC casino. In response to the question, the legendary performer described the seaside resort as “an elephant’s graveyard for entertainers,” making it very clear he wouldn’t play there.

On the surface, it’s a promise he’s kept, as he has never done a public performance there. But that doesn’t mean he’s totally a man of his word.

On July 21, 2007, Joel and his band performed for more than 2,000 invited guests at the Event Center at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa as part of the resort’s fourth anniversary celebration. Joel, who was reportedly paid a too-big-to-refuse sum for his efforts, turned in a full set that was typically heavy with signature songs, including the show-opening “My Life,” “Just the Way Your Are,” “Don’t Ask Me Why,” “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and “Piano Man.”

Photo of Billy Joel by Myrna Suarez.

 

 

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