Courtesy New York IslandersIt’s hard to believe it hasn’t happened before, but Billy Joel‘s hometown hockey team is staging a tribute to him this December.

The New York Islanders are hosting Billy Joel Night on December 15, as the Islanders take on the Detroit Red Wings at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, New York.  Billy was the first artist to perform at that venue when it reopened last year after massive renovations, and he’ll ring in 2019 there this December 31.

Billy’s music will be played through out the game on Billy Joel Night, and the first 10,000 fans will receive a Billy Joel bobblehead that shows Billy at the piano, dressed in an Islanders jersey and hat.  In addition, fans will have the chance to win tickets to the New Year’s Eve show.

Billy’s New Year’s Eve performance will be his 34th overall at the venue.  In 1998, he sold out nine shows there, setting a venue record for most sellouts in one year.  A banner hangs in the rafters commemorating Billy’s accomplishment.

If you’re a huge enough Billy Joel fan to make plans to travel to Long Island for the game, visit or for tickets.

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