Josh Katz from Cincinnati, OH
LOGAN'S SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE PIANO MAN
The spring semester continued and yes on a school night. For nearly two-and-a-half hours at a jam packed US Bank Arena, piano man Billy Joel reminded us what it is that keeps us coming back. Although he hasn't released an album of new, original material in quite some time, his drawing power is as strong as ever and his spectacular performance this past Tuesday night proved that he still has it!
Joel took his place at a grand piano situated atop a revolving pedestal at center stage alongside a superb band (Dave Rosenthal - keyboards, piano, organ, Musical Director, Mark Rivera - Saxophone, flute, harmonica, percussion, vocals, Crystal Taliefero - percussion, saxopohone, harmonica, vocals, Tommy Byrnes - guitars, vocals, Andy Cichon - bass, vocals. Joel mixed nearly two dozen favorites with spirited covers and song snippets, opening with an early number from his 1976 Turnstiles album, "Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway. Joel, now 66, sounded strong, and sharp, and seemed to be in good spirits as he addressed the crowd several times with comical between song banter including a reference to the "other piano player" he sometimes tours with (Elton John), even playing a few lines from John's signature "Your Song" with a dead-on impression of Elton's distinctive vocal style, and a reminder that Elton has plenty of money!.
From there, Joel paraded through a variety of hit singles, more lesser-known cuts (played for the diehards, no doubt)and some apropos tribute snippets to regional musicians (Roy Rogers, Dean Martin and The James Gang) from the past, not to mention a rousing edition of Hang on Sloopy that had the crowd singing along OSU style. Joel also gave the audience, as he described a Fielders Choice, with the audience deciding on Vienna over Big Man on Mulberry Street. Throwing in some political satire, Joel facetiously dedicated his early biographical tune "The Entertainer" to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and then came another barrage of hits, a whole lot of them in a row that got a feverish response from the now-revved-up crowd.
While Logan was ready to leave after a spirited, crowd pleasing sing-along version of Piano Man, I reminded him of the rule. We don't leave before an encore, which was punctuated with a version of Led Zeppelin's hard rock classic anthem "Rock and Roll" featuring faithful Robert Plant-channeling vocals from guitarist Michael DelGuidice intertwined into Joel's own "You May Be Right."
Ending the long night with the classic "Only The Good Die Young," the man worked the crowd and gave us every bit of our money's worth throughout the memorable night.
So it was pretty good crowd for a Tuesday, and everyone had a smile because we knew that it was Billy Joel we were coming to see to forget about life for awhile....
and everyone left feeling alright.
Frank Field from Manorville
BILLY JOEL NEW YEARS EVE
Wow it was a great show. The weather was awlful and we had to wait outside in the pouring
rain to get in but it was worth it. The only thing is that he needs to mix it up a bit. Instead of
sitting at the piano the entire performance, when he came out in the encore with the guitar
that was fabulous! Loved every minute! Happy New year Billy🤩!
Mike from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
We waited for nearly 2 hours due to a rain
delay but it was definitely worth it. Billy played
a great combination of his favorites as well as
a couple that I was nit familiar with. The shows
encore was also fabulous. Really enjoyed the
Doris Davis from Charlotte, North Carolina
Was at Bank of America Stadium last night and I must say that Billy Joel definitely still got it. He looks great and his vocals were on point like always. Glad to have been able to experience his legendary gift of music. I was very pleased.
Daniel Koch from Buffalo, New York
BILLY JOEL AT THE BUFFALO BILLS HIGHMARK STADIUM, AUG 14, 2021
Billy Joel gave a fabulous performance. His arrangement of music was enjoyed by all. Besides playing all his own spectacular hits, he also played a song by ZZ Top and sang a song in Italian. Billy brought a surprise guest on stage; Buffalo native Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls who sang Iris. As Johnny sang the words, "I just want you to know who I am", the crowd went wild because everyone certainly did know who he was. These same words can be found in Johnny's old neighborhood across from the Broadway Market sprawled across the side of a building in a mural by Casey Milbrand. As Billy Joel played his wonderful array of hit music, one couldn't help notice the video display panels on the stage were misaligned. These panels typically move up, down, converge and separate but the controller was broken. The audio in the rear corner speakers was delayed too much causing an awkward echo and the audience was constantly blinded by lights which should have been only directed at the stage.