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Billy Joel to perform at Target Center on May 16

via Billy Joel on Facebook

This morning, Target Center announced that Billy Joel will perform at the Minneapolis arena on May 16. The news came at a press conference preceded by two days of speculation—fueled by a teasing Instagram photo of Times Square in 1999—as to what the venue’s “major concert” announcement would be today. Tickets will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. on Dec. 19, with prices at $53.50, $93.50, and $128.50.

This will be the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s first Twin Cities appearance since his “Face 2 Face Tour” with Elton John stopped at the Xcel Energy Center on May 5, 2009. (John returned to the Xcel Energy Center just over a year ago, on Nov. 22, 2013.)

Joel has a star on a column in Target Center’s lobby as an “inaugural season performer” on Nov. 13, 1990. He last performed at Target Center in 1999—hence, perhaps, the date added to the Times Square photo. The May performance will be Joel’s tenth at Target Center, where he’s sold over 171,000 tickets according to a press release.

The “piano man,” 65, has sold over 150 million records worldwide. He’s continued to tour and perform, with gradually decreasing frequency, since releasing his most recent—and possibly final—album of pop songs, River of Dreams, in 1993.

Joel was recently the subject of an extensive article in The New Yorker. The poignant profile painted Joel as an artist who feels vastly separated from the hitmaker of yesteryear and a performer who’s almost reluctant—despite his perennial success at packing arenas including Madison Square Garden, where he’s been playing an unofficial residency with monthly shows. If all of Joel’s scheduled shows go as planned, on July 1 he’ll break John’s record as the performer with most gigs ever played at the Garden.

The announcement of Joel’s Target Center show comes during the two-week period that falls exactly 25 years after “We Didn’t Start the Fire” was the country’s number-one song.