Billy Joel attends Long Island elementary school concert

Billy Joel gave the surprise of a lifetime to a bunch of elementary school students, teachers and parents last week when the rocker showed up at an elementary school concert.

This wasn’t an ordinary elementary school concert, though. More than 350 kindergarten through second grade students at Deasy Elementary School in Glen Cove, Long Island performed a concert called, “The River of Dreams: A Billy Joel Tribute,” which featured 15 of the Piano Man’s hits with lyrics changed to be kid friendly.

According to CBS 2 New York, Principal Nomi Rosen said since Joel lives ten minutes away from the school, she invited Joel through friends of friends and social media, but wasn’t sure that he’d even show up until he arrived on his motorcycle five minutes before show time.

“In strolled a guy with a motorcycle helmet under his arm,” Principal Rosen stated. “Word spread around the room in about 15 seconds and there was this roar that came up in the crowd as we realized who it was.”

“Word spread around the room in about 15 seconds and there was this roar that came up in the crowd as we realized who it was.”

When Joel arrived, he asked to be seated in the back of the auditorium to not make the kids anymore nervous. He left after the first grade performance since he was being swamped for photos and autographs.

The kindergarten portion of the program featured “You May Be Right, “The Longest Time,” It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me,” “Lullabye (My Angel)” and “Uptown Girl.”

The first grade portion included “My Life,” “Don’t Ask Me Why,” Tell Her About It,” “And So It Goes” and “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song).”

The second graders closed the program with “We Didn’t Start The Fire,” “The River Of Dreams,” “A Matter Of Trust,” “New York State of Mind” and “Piano Man.”

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.