Billy Joel Plays Discarded Piano on LI Street: Watch

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Billy Joel, Huntington, Long Island, June 2020

One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure. Or so it seemed when Billy Joel was out for a ride on his motorcycle and happened upon a piano discarded on a Huntington, Long Island street. In a video posted to YouTube on June 26, Joel is seen standing in front of the small, upright piano, playing an impromptu rag.

“Not bad,” says Joel to a passerby, when he finished his brief performance. “The action’s good. Just needs tuning.

“It’s a perfectly good piano. It’s a shame to throw it out. At least donate it to St. Vincent Depaul,” he says, referring to a local thrift shop. “They’d probably take it.”

His final assessment: “The pedals work. The action is great.”

The passerby who taped the performance and subsequent conversation with Joel was caught off guard and tries to switch his phone’s camera from vertical to horizontal. But you’ll be able to see and hear this unique moment.

Watch the Piano Man do his thing

Joel turned 71 on May 9. Many of his 2020 concerts have already been moved to 2021, due to the pandemic. Tickets to see him are available here.

The clip came to our attention via Long Island’s longtime classic rock radio station, WBAB, which posted the story on July 10.

Related: Joel was a surprise guest at a Long Island tribute concert

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