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Billy Joel to Speak -- and Sing -- at Tennessee's Vanderbilt University

Jemal Countess/WireImage for Songwriter's Hall of FameThese days, outside of benefit concerts, it's rare to see Billy Joel doing anything in public, which is why the faculty and staff at Tennessee's Vanderbilt University are so lucky.  According to InsideVandy.com, the Piano Man will be appearing at the school on January 30 for the latest installment of a lecture series he calls  "An Evening of Questions and Answers and a Little Bit of Music."

During these lectures, which Joel has given at numerous colleges and universities over the years, he takes questions from students about his music, life and career; gives the kids advice about the music business; and performs a few of his songs -- but usually just to illustrate one of the points he's making, or a story he's telling about how he wrote a particular tune.

Unfortunately, the event is only open to members of the Vanderbilt Community.  Tickets are on sale now if you want to enroll.

Joel's next gig will be on Wednesday, as part of the star-studded lineup of the 12.12.12. Hurricane Sandy relief benefit concert at New York's Madison Square Garden.  He'll play alongside Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Bon Jovi and other big names.

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