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Billy Joel to hit Coors Field in August

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DENVER -- Billy Joel will be "movin' in" for one night at Coors Field this summer.

Live Nation Colorado and Coors Field announced Thursday that Joel, a Grammy legend, will perform at Coors Field on Aug. 8, at 8 p.m. MT, with gates opening at 6 p.m. American Express card members will have access to purchase presale tickets Monday at 10 a.m. to Jan. 17, at 10 p.m. Tickets go on sale for everyone on Jan. 18, at 10 a.m., and will be available at livenation.com.

DENVER -- Billy Joel will be "movin' in" for one night at Coors Field this summer.

Live Nation Colorado and Coors Field announced Thursday that Joel, a Grammy legend, will perform at Coors Field on Aug. 8, at 8 p.m. MT, with gates opening at 6 p.m. American Express card members will have access to purchase presale tickets Monday at 10 a.m. to Jan. 17, at 10 p.m. Tickets go on sale for everyone on Jan. 18, at 10 a.m., and will be available at livenation.com.

"Three years ago we got in the concert business, and we talked about names that we would want to be associated with and this was the first name that came up," said Greg Feasel, the Rockies' executive vice president/chief operating officer.

Acts such as the Zac Brown Band, The Eagles, Journey, Def Leppard and Jimmy Buffett also have played Coors Field. Last year the park hosted two sold-out, two-act shows -- The Eagles and Jimmy Buffett, and Def Leppard, The Pretenders and Journey -- promoted by Live Nation Colorado, according to the company's president, Eric Pirritt.

"I'm personally a huge fan of ballparks myself, all back to since I was a kid when I used to just stare at them when I was in New York, and I've been in a lot of them across the country and I don't think any of them match Coors Field," Pirritt said.

Joel also is a fan of ballparks and sporting venues. He is set to play six ballparks this year alone. 

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter and like his Facebook page.

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