Billy Joel will ring in 2014 at his first official New York gig since 2008. The Piano Man hitmaker, who has toyed with retirement in recent years, wowed fans at a last-minute warm-up gig for a series of European shows at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, Long Island earlier this month (Oct13), and left the stage hinting that he was planning other shows in his native state. Now he's making devotees' New Year's dreams come true by announcing plans to perform at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on 31 December (13). The holiday show will be his first Big Apple concert since he closed down Shea Stadium over five years ago. The gig is a dream come true for Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark, who admits Joel has been at the top of his wish list of performers ever since the new arena opened last year (12). He says, "When we opened Barclays Center 13 months ago, Billy was one of the must-have artists for our building and we are thrilled that he will be ringing in the New Year on Brooklyn's biggest stage. New York City born and Long Island raised, Billy is an iconic New Yorker and we are looking forward to a memorable evening." Joel stepped away from the concert stage in 2010 after undergoing double hip replacement surgery. He returned briefly at the end of last year (Dec12) when he stole the show at the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy relief benefit show at Madison Square Garden.