Root Beer Rag: Billy Joel’s vintage concert tour program from 1984

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Vintage concert program: 1984 US Tour

In 1984, Billy Joel will tour at least 19 East Coast and Midwest cities, starting January 18 in Providence, Rhode Island, and finishing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on February 24.

The tour will feature five new musicians — two background singers and three saxophone players — as well as long-time band members Doug Stegmeyer, Russell Javors, Liberty DeVitto, David Brown, Mark Rivera and David Lebolt.

Tour dates

Below is an itinerary of the dates and cities where “BJ and the Affordables” will be appearing this winter:

Jan. 18 — at the Civic Center in Providence, RI
Jan. 20 — at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, ME
Jan. 22 — at the Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, PA
Jan. 25 — at the Coliseum in New Haven, CT
Jan. 26 — at the Coliseum in New Haven, CT
Jan. 28 — at the Capital Centre in Washington, DC
Jan. 30 — at the War Memorial in Rochester, NY
Feb. 1 — at Centennial Hall in Toledo, OH
Feb. 2 — at Norte Dame University in South Bend, IN
Feb. 4 — at the Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, MI
Feb. 5 — at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 8 — at the Coliseum in Charlotte, NC
Feb. 10 — at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
Feb. 11 — at the UTC Roundhouse in Chattanooga, TN
Feb. 13 — at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA
Feb. 14 — at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA
Feb. 17 — at the Scope in Norfolk, VA
Feb. 19 — at the Murphy Center in Murphreesboro, TN
Feb. 21 — at the Orange County Civic Center in Orlando, FL
Feb. 23 — at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, MS
Feb. 24 — at the LSU Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, LA

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Editor’s Note

This special edition of The Root Beer Rag, Billy Joel’s bi-annual newsletter, celebrates his ten years of recording and touring — from PIANO MAN to AN INNOCENT MAN.

Special guest contributors include Timothy White, a leading rock journalist who has closely followed Billy’s progress over the years. He reflects on the evolution of a suburban “Billy the Kid” into an internationally-respected songwriter and entertainer.

Steve Cohen, Billy’s long-time lighting director, stage designer, and friend, looks back on ten years of life on the road. It’s been a fast decade in which Billy and the band have gone from playing small clubs to giving sold-out concerts in sports arenas, and Steve captures the special camaraderie created by life spent touring the world.

In this issue’s interview, Billy Joel talks about the music video explosion in which he is a trend-setting force. In Backstage Visit, drummer Liberty DeVitto explains why AN INNOCENT MAN has become his favorite BJ album, and how it compared to the other recording sessions he’s been part of over the years. And, as always, Billy personally answers your mail in Rag Bag.

Because of your interest and support, AN INNOCENT MAN remains high on the charts as we usher in a new year. Thanks for “Keeping the Faith”! – Merry Aronson

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