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Long Long Time: The Sigma Reunion Film Premiere

Concert film premiere and panel discussion with Billy Joel's original band!

In early 1972, only a few months into Billy Joel’s debut tour of the US, Philadelphia radio station, WMMR, invited Billy and his 3-piece band to their Sigma Sound Studios to perform a set, live on air, as part of a series of radio shows featuring unknown artists. It was during this radio show that Billy and the band performed one of his new songs, “Captain Jack” as part of the set. The show was taped, and DJs at WMMR started to play this live version of “Captain Jack” on their radio shows: it became the most requested song in WMMR’s history. The excitement at the station, generated by the song and the young, unknown singer-songwriter, eventually reached Clive Davis at Columbia Records, who signed Billy Joel to the label.

This electrifying live concert movie captures the reunion, 41 years later, of bassist, Larry Russell, (from that original 1971-72 touring band), drummer, Rhys Clark, (also in that original 1971-72 touring band and who also played on Billy Joel's debut album, Cold Spring Harbor), and guitarist, Don Evans, who also played on that first Billy Joel's solo album. Recorded live at the iconic Greenwich Village music club, The Bitter End, on Sunday, September 22, 2013, and recreating Billy Joel's breakthrough Sigma concert from April 1972, Elio Pace from the UK and David Clark from the USA "fill Billy Joel's shoes" with six sensational performances each, whilst 15-year old, Kenny Ingram from Canada proves the incredible reach of Billy Joel's music with two magnificent performances.

This historic performance will be released and become available to the world on DVD and digitally online on Friday, September 22, 2023 – exactly 10 years TO THE DAY that the Sigma reunion took place at The Bitter End in New York City.

All proceeds from ticket sales will support Penn State Great Valley's arts and culture programming.

Date & Time

September 21, 2023

7:00PM - 9:30PM


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