Back in August of 2015, Billy Joel bid Long Island's Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum farewell as he delivered the final performance at the arena before it closed for $130 million worth of renovations. His performance marked the end of an era, so it's only fitting that the proud Long Island legend -- who has played the venue 32 times over the course of his career -- should usher in the next one for the Coliseum, which he'll do when he plays the first show at the renovated venue on April 5, 2017.
A few months ago, Billboard toured the still-under-construction space. While most of the internal structure had been gutted, one vital aspect remained: the Artist Quarters. The space includes a set of four interconnected and interchangeable 500 square foot rooms, an artist living room, production and management areas, and other amenities that include a fitness center and wellness room -- and Joel will be the first to explore it all.
"There's no better performer suited to reopen the transformed Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum than Long Island's own, Billy Joel," Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano told NBC News. "Billy serves as an exciting reminder of entertainment our residents will enjoy at the Coliseum for generations to come."
Back on Aug, 4, 2015 -- Joel's final performance at the Coliseum -- he shouted, "I'm moving out!" before diving into his Stranger staple "Movin' Out." Come April 5, the lyrics may receive a playful rewrite for the occasion, considering he'll be moving right back in.