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Saturday, December 6 at 9:30 p.m. Billy Joel: The Stranger Live!

(Rochester, NY) In honor of the 30th anniversary of the breakthrough album The Stranger, WXXI airs the U.S. broadcast premiere of Billy Joel’s 1978 British concert debut -- a live television performance on the BBCs Old Grey Whistle Test, a seldom-seen sixty minute cavalcade from 1978 that has aired only once on the UKs BBC2. Billy Joel: The Stranger Live! airs Saturday, December 6 at 9:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1).

During the appearance, the legendary singer/songwriter played a set of now-classic hits, including Only the Good Die Young, Movin’ Out, She’s Always a Woman, and Just the Way You Are, which earned 1978 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Joel and his band also performed New York State of Mind and Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway) off 1976’s Turnstiles as well as Piano Man stomper Ain’t No Crime.

The performance was filmed March 14, 1978 at the BBC Television Theatre in London, England. Band members were Liberty DeVitto (drums), Doug Stegmeyer (bass), Richie Cannata (saxophone/organ), and Russell Javors (guitar).

Stay tuned for an evening with one of the purest and most original voices in American music with Alison Krauss: A Hundred Miles or More at 11 p.m.

For more information, visit www.billyjoel.com.

Pictured: Billy Joel from The Stranger
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