The Piano Man: Billy Joel revealed as Target Center's teased big act


The big act teased by Target Center has been revealed, and it's not on the list of names predicted by most people.

It's Billy Joel.

The Piano Man himself will play on May 16, it was announced today at a news conference complete with piano-themed baked goods.

Tickets for the show range from $53.50 to $128.50 and will go on sale on Friday, December 19.

The 65-year-old has a place in Target Center history, the Star Tribune reports, as he was the first act to play the arena on November 15, 1990. He last played the Twin Cities with Elton John at the Xcel Center in St. Paul in 2009.

Target Center had prompted feverish speculation by taking the unusual step of teasing a "major concert" announcement earlier this week, with some of the names suggested including the Rolling Stones, U2, AC/DC and Prince.

And it moved from teasing into outright trolling when it posted a "clue" on Twitter and Instagram showing an image of Times Square saying "Happy 1999," prompting speculation it meant a homecoming for Minneapolis' own Prince.

It was only partly a misdirection, given that Billy Joel is himself from the Big Apple and he last played Target Center in 1999, but the announcement proved somewhat underwhelming to commenters on social media.

Joel, a major star in the 1970s and 1980s whose other hits include "We Didn't Start the Fire," "Big Shot" and "Uptown Girl," has been playing most of his recent shows at Madison Square Garden, where he has a residency.

But he is playing a handful of other cities in the coming months, according to his website, including Dallas, Miami and Atlanta.

Some on social media had suggested that the "Happy 1999" clue might be a swerve by Target Center and put forward possible alternatives – some serious, some not so serious, and some bang-on.

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