Billy Joel returns to venue 20 years after being first concert there

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– There was a veil of secrecy Thursday morning at Scottrade Center.

“His greatest hits album is the third highest selling album in the history of the United States of America,” says David Gerardi the vice president of music for Livenation.

But the veil was lifted to announce a performance by a piano man.

“We’re embarking on our 20th year here at Scottrade Center and Billy Joel, for those of you who don’t know was the first concert at Scottrade Center,” says Scottrade Center`s Jay Roberts.

The former Kiel Center opened its doors October 8th, 1994.

Seven days later, the singer songwriter from the Bronx broke the place in.

“After the April 11th concert he will have performed for over 100,000 people,” says Gerardi.  “This is pretty impressive.”

That’s 100,000 St. Louisans in only five shows.

Joel just became a franchise for Madison Square Garden in New York.

On Monday he played his first of a monthly Madison concert series that runs indefinitely.

“When the crowd responded to him at that show he said, `I can do this,`” says radio host Mark Reardon.  “Because these are big productions.  When you go out and do stadiums you want to make sure people are engaged, and I think it’s going to be awesome.  It’s great for St. Louis.”

Tickets go on sale Saturday February 8th, and chances are you might know a few of his favorites.

“When you talk about the 33 top 40 hits you know what you’re going to get,” says Gerardi.  “Everybody is going to know every song. Those are the types of events that people remember.”

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