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Billy Joel on a Trump inauguration: ‘I won’t be anywhere near that place’

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Billy Joel insists he would not want to perform at a Donald Trump inauguration. 

In an interview with Boston-based WGBH on Monday, the singer said, “I won’t be anywhere near that place.” 

{mosads}Joel dedicated a performance of “The Entertainer” at Madison Square Garden to the GOP presidential nominee back in May, and went into further detail about the dedication in the Tuesday interview. 

Many initially assumed that the dedication had been a joke, though Trump tweeted that he was flattered by the acknowledgment. 

“I am an entertainer, and I’m in the entertainment business, and in my opinion, Donald Trump’s political campaign has been very entertaining,” Joel said, explaining. “Look at all the media coverage the guy is getting.”

Joel added that he could have “dedicated a couple of songs to him,” including, “You May Be Right, I May Be Crazy,” “Big Shot” and “I Go To Extremes.”

“Politically, do I think it holds water? But to a lot of people, I guess it does,” Joel added. 

Joel told WGBH that he doesn’t “really know him all that well,” but said he attended Trump’s wedding. 

“I got invited to his wedding, and I thought, what the hell, let’s go,” he said. “I don’t remember much, because I think I drank too much.”

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