The enthusiasts who flocked to the Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show in Miami over the weekend got quite the surprise when none other than the “Piano Man” himself, Billy Joel, rolled in on his bike.
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Show organizer Clare Frost told the Miami Herald that Joel showed up unannounced and incognito, walking around like a normal bike fan.
Then he decided to walk on stage where music was being played.
Frost on Joel’s appearance:
“He walked through the crowd without people really knowing who he was and looked at the over 230 vintage bikes on display and talked to a few of our vendors and out of the blue, he walks up on stage and stood there facing the lead singer, Bob.”
“Bob did a double take, and Billy asked him if he could jam with them. Only about 25 were around them at first but I guess with Facebook, about 100 more showed up, and when he got off the stage after about three songs, he signed autographs and had pics taken. He then got about halfway across the field, got lost in the crowd, got on [his] bike and left.”
Below is a video from his random performance at the Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show.
It’s rare that you get to see high-profile musicians making impromptu performances in the public’s eye.
Joel’s passion for motorcycles is well documented. Forbes did a piece on him a few years back.