Credit: Myrna SuarezBilly Joel was forced to postpone his September concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden — part of his monthly residency at the legendary venue — due to sinus surgery. Now, the Piano Man says he’s recovering slowly, but will hit the stage October 28.

Speaking to his hometown paper, Newsday, Joel says the recovery hasn’t been fun, but noted, “It’s something I should have done a long time ago. I have a deviated septum and nose bleeding issues…it was starting to become a concern.” He says he hasn’t attempted to sing flat-out since the surgery, but has been singing quietly with his one-year-old daughter, Della.

Meanwhile, Joel is looking forward to a special New York-area concert that isn’t at the Garden. Nearly two years ago, he performed the final show at his hometown venue, Long Island’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, before it was closed down for a $261 million renovation. Now, Billy will re-open the venue, reports Newsday, with an April 5 show.

“I’m really looking forward to playing the opening,” says Joel. “I felt a little sad about playing the final show…it was the end of an era in a way, like Long Island had grown up.” He also teases special guests for the show, noting, “A few people may be planning on dropping by.” In addition, he says he offered his “two cents” about the arena’s redesign, the acoustics of which he’d always disliked.

Tickets for the special show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.

Meanwhile, Billy reveals that he’ll continue his Madison Square Garden residency. “I thought there would be a natural curve down in demand, but we’re selling tickets even faster now than we were at the beginning,” he says.

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