Billy Joel Is Coming to Denver

Billy Joel will return to Denver on September 16 for a show at the Pepsi Center. This will be his first show here in five years and one of only ten non-New York shows scheduled in 2015. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 6, at 10 a.m. through Altitude Tickets.

There was a press conference held this afternoon at the Blue Sky Grill inside the Pepsi Center to announce the show (and, yes, that's very unusual these days). At it, G. Brown of the Colorado Music Hall of fame relayed the legendary songwriter's particular connection to the Centennial State.

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Joel, we learned, spent some time at Caribou Ranch outside Nederland in the mid-'70s working on his fourth album,


. He had no permanent backing band at that point, and some fits and starts at the studio eventually led him to hire a group of musicians that became the Billy Joel Band. He produced the album himself in New York but brought the band back to Colorado to work at Caribou Ranch.

According to Brown, Joel has credited his time here as critical to the formation of the band's identity during the fruitful decades that followed.

So it was a good press conference. Plus, there were cookies shaped like pianos:

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