Looking for a night out to see a “Piano Man”? Looks like Billy Joel might just be the “Entertainer” you’re looking for! On August 2, 2014 Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies welcomed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Billy Joel. Billy played to a sold out crowd that night in late August. The crowd was filled with people of all ages. Billy played all the hits you would want to see at a Billy Joel concert.
The setlist was hit after hit. A few songs had been played and about 30 minutes into the concert Billy welcomed Philadelphia’s own Boys II Men on stage to play “The Longest Time” together. This really got the crowd going because after that came the big songs like “New York State Of Mind,” “Movin Out (Anthony’s Song),” and also “My Life.” These are all hits that had the crowd moving. I was fortunate enough to be close to the front, so I had an excellent view of him and everyone that was on stage.
Billy had eight versatile players that were backing him, each with their own unique instrument. Most notably Mark Rivera, Billy’s saxophone player. Mark showed his awesome skills on songs such as, “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant” and also “You May Be Right”. The whole evening was enjoyable from start to finish. Shortly before the famous “Piano Man” was played, Billy brought out his guitar tech to sing a song for the crowd. Billy told all of Citizens Bank Park that he would be singing a religious song. The crowd kind of cheered, but then he came out and sang a cover of AC/DC’s, “Highway To Hell” that absolutely shook the crowd. You could have closed your eyes and thought Brian Johnson was up there singing. Not to mention when almost 50,000 people were singing “Piano Man” in key! That was probably the best moment of the concert.
Once Billy came back on stage for the encore the crowd went nuts because that’s when you know you are going to be just singing along to all the major hits. He came back out and immediately started with, “Uptown Girl,” “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me,” “Big Shot,” “You May Be Right,” and finally closing his show with “Only The Good Die Young”.
Overall, Billy Joel puts on an unforgettable show that everyone should see. You never have to worry about not hearing a hit because that’s all he has anyway. If you are in the mood for a night out with someone and want to go to a sing along concert, this is one for you!
Concert Rating: 10/10 (Must Attend!)