People that have not been in Billy Joel‘s corner since the days of The Hassles and Cold Spring Harbor  and Piano Man,  the latter released forty-five years ago this Autumn, truly cannot appreciate the depth of affection millions feel for this guy. But those lucky few who packed Spark’s Saloon to the rafters in Huntington out on Long Island  on a hot July night back in 1981 understood that it was a favorite son coming home to check in, throwing an anchor over the side of the battleship of superstardom that had set sail with him aboard four years earlier with The Stranger.  –Redbeard