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Billy Joel’s backup, Wade Preston, performs after Christmas in Hawley

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From a press release:

On Saturday, Dec. 27, Wade Preston, Billy Joel’s backup, returns for two shows in one night at Harmony Presents in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill.

It’s not often a man can sit in front of a piano and command full attention. Wade Preston’s dexterity alone is enough to drop a stadium full of jaws. Embodying enough blazing talent to ignite the stage solo, this excellent musician and performer is best known for his role as the piano man in Billy Joel’s Broadway hit “Movin’ Out.” He is an original cast member doing the full three and a half year run on Broadway and often guested on both tours. When rehearsals of the Billy Joel band are required, Joel hires Wade as his stand-in.

Show times are at 6 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m. at the Hawley Silk Mill (8 Silk Mill Dr., Hawley). Audiences are encouraged to arrive early for preferred seating. Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door and can be purchased in advance online at or in person at AMSkier Insurance Agency (209 Main Ave., Hawley).

Cocoon caters wine, beer, snacks, and mixed drinks on site at the shows, and an advance ticket serves as a coupon for 20 percent off Ledges Hotel for a limited time.

For more information or help purchasing tickets, call Harmony Presents at 570-588-8077.