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Rock icon Billy Joel plays discarded piano on a New York sidewalk

Thanks to cellphone footage, the 71-year-old was captured playing a Ragtime-type tune on a piano that had been discarded on a Huntington, Long Island curb.
Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
Musician Billy Joel performs during his 100th lifetime performance at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK — It might not have been his biggest show, but Billy Joel definitely impressed some onlookers on a Long Island sidewalk.

Thanks to cellphone footage, the 71-year-old rock icon was captured playing a Ragtime-type tune on a piano that had been discarded on a Huntington, Long Island curb.

According to reports, the "Piano Man" was riding his motorcycle when he saw the instrument and decided to pull over.

Wearing a motorcycle helmet and a backpack, Joel began to tickle the ivories in front of several people last month.

After playing a few notes for about 15 seconds, Joel exclaimed, "Not bad!" He then said, "The action is good. It just needs tuning."

The five-time Grammy winner then began a conversation with a gentleman on the street.

"It's a perfectly good piano. It's a shame to throw it out," Joel commented. 

Joel then suggested donating the piano to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul thrift store.  

As of today, the YouTube clip posted on June 26 has nearly 100,000 views. 

No word on what happened to that piano but Joel definitely gave those few people on the streets of New York a 'live concert' they will never forget. 

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