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Billy Joel set to appear on Harry Connick Jr.’s talk show

Billy Joel performs at MSG in Manhattan May

Billy Joel performs at MSG in Manhattan May 25, 2017. Credit: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy

Billy Joel will make a rare daytime talk show appearance on “Harry,” to kick off the second season of Harry Connick Jr.’s program on Sept. 12.

According to the show, Joel will perform solo and Connick will join him to perform a duet of one of Joel’s classics. The appearance will be his first on a daytime talk show since he was on “Oprah” in 2008.

Joel is in the midst of another summer stadium tour, stopping at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, and Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and Busch Stadium in St. Louis in September. His monthly residency at Madison Square Garden is currently scheduled through the end of the year, though a decision on whether it will be extended is expected in the coming weeks.

At his Garden show last week, Joel made uncharacteristic political references in his show, wearing a Star of David during his encore in response to the recent heightened profile of neo-Nazis and poking fun at former Trump administration officials when Scandal’s Patty Smyth joined him to perform “Goodbye to You.” Joel had no comment on the show, though he did issue a statement quoting British philosopher/statesman Edmund Burke, saying“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Before the show, Joel told Newsday that he was looking to work with grass roots organizations to help improve arts education on Long Island in addition to awarding a $20,000 scholarship to Bellmore’s Jeremy Kaplan so that the Long Island High School of the Arts graduate could attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston this fall.

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