Myrna SuarezA few years back, Billy Joel was selected to be the final performer at New York’s legendary Shea Stadium before it was torn down to make room for a brand-new ballpark. The star studded concert was called “The Last Play at Shea,” and now he’s getting another “last play” honor. Tonight, he’ll be the final performer at the Nassau Coliseum, in his home base of Long Island, New York, before it closes down for a major renovation.

Billy tells Newsday that the show will be “a little more local,” and says he might change some of his lyrics to reflect his surroundings. Of course, many of Billy’s classics already directly reference Long Island, including “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “The Downeaster ‘Alexa'” and ‘Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” to name a few.

“And if some other musicians are around during that time, it might be nice to bring them on stage,” he adds.

Billy’s “Last Play at Shea” concert included guests like Paul McCartney, The Who’s Roger Daltrey, country superstar Garth Brooks and Tony Bennett, so it’s anyone’s guess which famous pals he might bring out tonight. Bono? Sting? Bruce Springsteen? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Tonight’s show will be the Piano Man’s 32nd at the veteran arena, which will re-open in December of 2016. His very first show at the Coliseum was in December of 1977, during The Stranger tour. He tells Newsday that that first show at the Coliseum inspired him to write songs that were “more arena-oriented — bigger sound, harder, faster, more rock and roll,” such as “Big Shot” and “My Life.”

Billy’s most recent appearance at the Nassau Coliseum was in May of 1998, as part of a record-setting nine-concert stand. As Newsday reports, in recent years, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has avoided the venue because artists who play Madison Square Garden are requested not to perform at the Coliseum, and vice versa. But since Billy currently has a once-a-month residency at Madison Square Garden, that rule was waived for tonight’s special performance.

While he loves the Coliseum — the setting for his first-ever TV special, in 1982 — Billy admits that he’s glad it’s shutting down for a renovation.

“When I first started playing there, it was a thrill to play Nassau Coliseum,” he told Newsday. “Then, it kind of went downhill. It got kind of dumpy. It was kind of let go for a while…Then they lost the hockey team and it looked like it was going to disappear.”

“They have all these plans for it now and they’re going to redo it,” he notes. “That’s what it needs.”

Tonight’s special show is just one more milestone in what has been quite a summer for Billy. He broke the record at Madison Square Garden for most performances by a solo artist, launched a stadium tour and got married. He and his new wife are expecting their first child this month.

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