Billy Joel Plays Discarded Piano on LI Street: Watch

Share This:

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, 2020, Joel is seen standing in front of the small, upright piano, playing an impromptu rag. It was one of our most popular stories of 2020.

“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 De Paul,” 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. His 2020 concerts have already been moved to 2021 and 2022, 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

  • Sign up for the Best Classic Bands Newsletter

Best Classic Bands Staff
Share This:

No Comments so far

Jump into a conversation

No Comments Yet!

You can be the one to start a conversation.

Your data will be safe!Your e-mail address will not be published. Also other data will not be shared with third person.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.