Posted in music | tour dates on October 31, 2013

confetti at Amanda Palmer's NYE show last year (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The fact that Phish will play the refurbished Madison Square Garden again this New Year's Eve is old news already, but Barclays Center just announced today (10/31) who will be playing the Brooklyn arena's second-ever New Year's Eve show, and the honor goes to.... Billy Joel (UPDATE: and the recently reunited Ben Folds Five) (last year was Jay-Z and Coldplay).

Here are a few already-announced New Year's Eve shows we're rather be at this year...

Thurston Moore will set up shop at the Stone in the East Village for two special shows on 12/31, one with John Zorn and another with Mike Watt.

Gogol Bordello are at Terminal 5 for two rowdy nights (12/30 & 31) (where Amanda Palmer played last year).

Andrew WK parties at Irving Plaza.

Mykki Blanco will help make Gramercy Theater ghetto fabulous.

Moon Boots plays Output.

Delta Spirit plays Brooklyn Bowl.

DIIV, Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and Nothing play Baby's All Right.

Patti Smith doesn't play on NYE proper, but does play year-end shows right before that on December 29 and 30 at Webster Hall.

Browse more NYC NYE Concert Options in our new year-round concert calendar.

Or maybe just head to Mexico!


P.S. If you're in Austin, you'll want to catch the Breeders.



Comments (25)

And what's wrong with Billy Joel on New Years?

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 4:20 PM

who's gonna drive billy home?

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 4:22 PM

Cool guy alert. BV would rather see Mykki Blanco instead of the always on-point Billy Joel. Typical cocksuckers.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 4:26 PM

i wanna see both. hope i can get billy tix. #actualcocksucker homophobe 4.26

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 4:47 PM

What? Isnt Govt Mule, Widespread Panic, Yo La Tengo, or some other crappy band playing NYE in NYC - Seems like every year we are stuck with the same crap

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 5:15 PM

Ben folds five opening interesting as billy never?? has openers!

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 5:32 PM

Well, Billy Joel solidifies Nassau County's toehold in Brooklyn.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 6:59 PM

can't tell if the trollbait is Amanda Palmer or Billy Joel.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 7:00 PM

I would like to see Billy Joel, would probably be fun.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 7:04 PM

Suck it, BV. You are not too cool for Billy Joel.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 7:19 PM

Look at BV taking a shot at Billy Joel.

Typical hipster idiots.

You wouldn't know good, real rock 'n' roll if it bit you on your collecttive corduroyed ass.

Then again, this is the same blog who did a feature on NYC metal bands and tried to include Sheer Terror in it (and were told to fuck off by ST.)

They also kiss Amanda Palmer's ass at every turn.

Shut it down, BV, shut it down.

Posted by D | October 31, 2013 10:22 PM

You would rather see Andrew fucking W.K. and Mykki Blanco than BILLY JOEL?

Are you fucking kidding me?

Go home BV

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 10:28 PM

Wait, are people legit supporting the idea of watching Billy Joel play at Barclays? Is there no golf to be played in the dead of winter? How old do you have to be to honestly want to see Billy Joel play the hits in that massive, generally poor sounding cavern?

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 12:40 AM

^ You are so wrapped up in how old other people are it's pathetic.

How old are you? Not born or only three when Storm Front came out? Probably.

How does it feel knowing a so-called old guy like me would wipe the sidewalk with you if you ever ran your ageist shit to me to my face in the real world?

You come off like a guy who got his ass beat by an older person moreover someone bummed about missing music before '90. I'd be bummed, too, if I had to grow up listening to Tool, Live, Creed, Nirvana, Radiohead, and Oasis like you.

Posted by D | November 1, 2013 3:05 AM

Hey, man, is that straightedge hardcore?
Yeah, dude, it is.
Well, turn it up!

Posted by Ronco Ktel NYHC the way it was for 19.99 | November 1, 2013 4:12 AM

BJ is one of the great pop songwriters of the 20th century. New York State of Mind, Just The Way You Are, She's Always a Woman, are all standards. Like other classics, they'll be revered 100 years from now. Can you say the same about any of the other artists playing on New Years, BV?

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 7:27 AM

CLUTCH, motherfuckers

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 10:16 AM

4:47 is a (literally!) butt-hurt Californiyyyyaaahhh scarf who can't handle a simple word like cocksucker being thrown around lol.

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 3:45 PM

the craziest part of the Billy Joel show is that, after only just the amex presale, before even the general on-sale this saturday, there are already 4500 tickets on stubhub.....1/4 of the arena, before the general on-sale.


Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2013 1:27 PM

Billy Joel is schlocky elevator music for long island housewives. Dude's not even creative to make new music.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2013 1:30 PM

Billy Joel is a classic secondary market show. The target demographic aren't people who sit around waiting for ticketmaster onsale times and clicking through the nonsense. They make their plans and then execute on making that happen -- whether its 125 or 450, the price doesn't matter, its the convenience and the timing.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2013 1:34 PM

I hate phish, but is rather be there then at Billy Joel...

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2013 1:38 PM

Guaranteed that the only ones insulting this band are the ones doing fuck-all with their own lives too afraid to leave their own comfort zones to try anything new and different.

Posted by Abigail | February 27, 2014 4:11 AM

So you want them to play four instruments with just two guys? It's completely obvious that is not going to be the same song, that's why it's focused on the guitar and the drums needs to be more calm, I think it worked perfectly. A different take of the song and I like it because of that, simple and straight forward.

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