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Top stars stayed away from Coliseum in 2013

“In 2014, Billy Joel will be established as the 4th franchise at Madison Square Garden - joining the Knicks, Rangers and Liberty…”

Billy Joel seems to be avoiding the Nasau Coliseum.
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Though Billy Joel lives only a few miles from the Nassau Coliseum, the piano man has taken up musical residence at Madison Square Garden. He’s not the only artist who seems to be avoiding the Uniondale arena these days.

The highest grossing tours didn’t stop at the Coliseum

According to, Bon Jovi had the highest grossing concert tour for 2013. Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, by Cirque Du Soleil, came in at number two.

Billboard notes “The Top 25 Tours of 2013 are ranked by gross, compiled from Billboard Box scores reported from Nov. 14, 2012, to Nov. 12, 2013.”

It wasn’t just Bon Jovi and Cirque Du Soleil

In December, Billy Joel announced he has officially become a Madison Square Garden franchise. Then, a string of shows were added that will take place just about every month in 2014. In fact, January through July is already sold out.

It appears as though Billy is done with Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum, at least for now. The Coliseum website states Joel has performed there 19 times. Oh well, so much for hometown sentiment.

Imagine if Nassau County could have struck a similar deal with Billy Joel, to become the resident keyboardist of the Nassau Coliseum. After all, he has always prided himself on being someone who maintains hometown ties. What’s more, the venue is only minutes from his house.

If Billy Joel could have done for the Coliseum, what he is currently doing with Madison Square Garden, the revenue could have been used to revamp, or even rebuild the historic Uniondale site. If that were the case, the Islanders would have never hightailed it to the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. But that just goes to show the difference between the business acumen of the people in local government and private industry.

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