The Lords of 52nd Street represent the best of the Big Apple. The band has sold more than 150 million records, helped establish Billy Joel’s formidable sound, and now, they will bring those unforgettable hits to the F.M. Kirby Center on Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. Make plans to attend today!
In 1975, Billy Joel started looking for a new band. He had already released two studio albums with minimal success and was looking for a New York sound for his next record, Turnstiles. His first choice to start to build the band was a fellow Long Islander and bass player, Doug Stegmeyer. Doug suggested former bandmates Liberty Devitto and Russell Javors. Al Stegmeyer, Doug’s brother, was a sound engineer on the album, and recommended Richie Cannata to play saxophone and keyboards.
After a few successful albums, the band turned to record producer Phil Ramone to assist with their next efforts. It was then that Ramone and Joel coined DeVitto, Cannata, Javors and Stegmeyer as The Lords of 52nd Street, and went into Columbia Studios to record The Stranger. The album was a huge commercial success, holding a RIAA diamond certification (10x platinum), and several #1 singles including, “Only The Good Die Young” and “Just The Way You Are.”
The Lords of 52nd Street, alongside the Piano Man, led an international tour, and performed at famous arenas including, Wembley Stadium, Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Nassau Coliseum, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, Budokan, the LA Forum and many others.
The band recorded and toured with Joel for over a decade, and it wasn’t until their induction into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame that they decided to reunite after a 30-year separation. Since then, the band has toured regularly, and they do not plan on stopping anytime soon. Fans declared that The Lords’ live performances sound just like the original recordings with Billy Joel.
Make plans now to see this high-energy event! Tickets to see The Lords of 52nd Street begin at $28 and are available online at www.kirbycenter.org or by phone at (570) 826-1100.
B’nai B’rith Apartments, the premier apartments in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, is inviting friends and neighbors to attend this unforgettable event! So, lace up your shoes and get ready for a local adventure, like no other!
Saturday, May 11, 2019–8:00 PM
Event Venue Location:
F.M. Kirby Center
71 Public Square
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18701