Singer Billy Joel’s New Year’s Eve Concert Tuesday night at Barclays Center set the arena’s single-event attendance record, with more than 18,000 people attending, according to a Barclays Center representative.
The concert and Barclays Center also received worldwide exposure when, moments after the ball dropped in Times Square, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest cut to a live broadcast from Barclays Center of Joel singing a spirited ‘You May Be Right.’
“We are thrilled that so many people wanted to ring in the New Year at Billy Joel’s first arena show in New York City since 2006,” said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. “In this city, being first matters, and we are proud that Billy, an iconic New Yorker, chose Barclays Center to make his dramatic return.”
Billy told the crowd that it was his first performance in Brooklyn since he was about 17 years old.