By Brian Ives
In Long Island, Nassau Coliseum is an iconic venue, the home of the NHL’s Islanders (who are moving to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center next season). And, last night, for its last major event, the building hosted one more concert by L.I.’s most iconic artist: Billy Joel.
Joel, of course, has an open-ended residency across the river at New York’s Madison Square Garden, where he’s been playing one concert per month since January of 2014, and will continue to do so indefinitely. But he’s always been held near and dear to Long Islanders, much as Bruce Springsteen is in New Jersey, or Bob Seger in Detroit.
And at last nights show, the “Piano Man” was joined by another New York icon, Paul Simon, who, in the interest of honesty, admitted that he’s actually a fan of the Islanders’ arch-rivals, the New York Rangers. Boos ensued. But he also noted that “The idea of the Islanders leaving Uniondale to go to Brooklyn is as sad as the idea of the Dodgers leaving to go to San Francisco,” although of course, the Dodgers left Brooklyn to go to Los Angeles back in 1957. It was the New York Giants who moved to San Francisco (also in 1957).
Regardless, Simon and Joel performed three of Simon’s classics, “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard,” “Homeward Bound” and “Late in the Evening.” Watch the video above.
Read more about the show at CBS New York.