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What does an internationally known performer do when stranded by a snowstorm?

"Absolutely nothing," said Billy Joel. "They shut down the city."

Joel and 15 members of his entourage were to take a charter flight out of Iowa's capital city Sunday night after concerts at Iowa State University at Ames.

Iowa's biggest snowstorm in more than five years struck as the "Storm Front" tour was winding down. Joel and his entourage had their plans disrupted for a rare three-day break in their 15-month, five-continent tour.

To pass the time, Joel and his crew spent Monday visiting a drugstore to stock up on junk food, and shopped at a bookstore, where Joel reportedly bought books on Italy, the Soviet Union and Jimi Hendrix.

Joel left for New York on Monday night. His tour resumes Thursday in Indianapolis, and comes to Buffalo's Memorial Auditorium on Saturday.

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