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The Piano Man is indeed coming to Baltimore.

Billy Joel is playing Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 26, the first-ever concert at the history-making ballpark.

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Oriole Park at Camden Yards

— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) January 10, 2019

As you may have seen, Baltimoreans were tipped off to today’s announcement after the Milwaukee Brewers appeared to spill the beans on their website. An intrepid fan told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel yesterday that a link for–the same URL format for when Ed Sheeran came to town–led to what looked like a ticket page for a Joel concert. Combinations using other superstar artists redirected to the main page.

Tickets for the Baltimore show go on sale Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and Live Nation. For Orioles season ticket holders, there’s a pre-sale starting on Jan. 16 at 10 a.m.

While Oriole Park at Camden Yards is known for creating a new wave of ballpark design, pairing old-time design features with modern amenities and inspiring teams to build in the heart of their city’s downtown, the stadium has somehow never hosted a concert. In terms of events unrelated to baseball, Pope John Paul II held mass there in 1995.

As Baltimore Sun Orioles beat writer Jon Meoli points out, majority owner Peter Angelos had rejected earlier efforts to bring concerts to the stadium, telling the paper in 2000 he didn’t want to “have it become some kind of honky tonk for various and sundry rock ‘n’ roll bands.”

His son John, now an executive vice president with the club, appears to have a different attitude.

“As an entertainment company bringing world class sports, music, and other diverse events to the live venues we manage and to our multimedia television, digital, and radio platforms, there is no greater opportunity than to bring a true music legend in Billy Joel to the ballpark and into our community,” the younger Angelos said in a statement.

The Orioles Charitable Foundation will give a portion of the proceeds from the show to music and arts education programs for children in the Baltimore region.

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore...