FILE - In this April 5, 2017 file photo, Billy Joel performs in concert for the grand re-opening of the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., earlier this spring. Joel wore a bright yellow Star of David on his black suit during an encore at Madison Square Garden. Billy Joel wore a bright yellow Star of David on his black suit during an encore at Madison Square Garden. Monday’s performance by ‘The Piano Man’ came more than a week after a rally by neo-Nazis and other groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended in deadly violence against counterprotesters. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)

Billy Joel dons Star of David jacket during NYC show encore

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — Billy Joel wore a bright yellow Star of David on his black suit during an encore at Madison Square Garden.

Monday’s performance by “The Piano Man” came more than a week after a rally by neo-Nazis and other groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended in deadly violence against counterprotesters.

When asked about Joel’s attire, his spokeswoman on Tuesday quoted Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Joel joined with Patty Smyth on stage in taking a swipe at President Donald Trump’s administration. Photos of fired officials appeared on screen as Smyth sang her hit, “Goodbye to You.”

Joel’s ex-wife Christie Brinkley and their daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, attended the concert. Many of his relatives died in the Holocaust.


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