The Piano Man, Billy Joel rocked Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park lastnight (May 24) for the sixth consecutive year in a row with yet another sold out spectacular show full of two and a half hours of hit songs, talent, impeccable production and even a surprise guest! Billy Joel makes history for the stadium as he is the first artist to perform at the ballpark for consecutive years.
Joel greeted the sold out stadium after powering through a few songs saying, “Good to be back in Philly, If it wasn’t for you guys I wouldn’t be anywhere. It’s all your fault,” on what was one of the most beautiful nights we have had so far this Spring. Billy Joel celebrated his 70th birthday earlier this month (May 9) but after seeing his fiery set that was a force to be reckoned with, Joel proved that he hasn’t aged a bit, especially not his performing abilities or his vocals as they sounded stronger than they ever have before throughout his entire 26-song setlist.
Joel surprised the sold out crowd pretty early on in his set, bringing out Led Zeppelin’s late drummers son, Jason Bonham, who joined Billy Joel and his band for a back-to-back performance of Led Zeppelin tunes including “Whole Lotta Love” and “Good Times Bad Times.” “first time we’ve ever tried this,” said Joel. Billy Joel’s guitarist/backing vocals Mike Delguidice shined brightly during this portion of the set as he had the difficult task of singing the vocals of Robert Plant during these songs, in which he proved that he could and sounded absolutely amazing doing so. Delguidice also shined during his performance of the Opera songs “Nessun Dorma” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.” Joel also brought out some very special guests during “Goodnight Saigon” with a beautiful tribute to the military and armed forces as he brought out a large group of military on-stage to sing with him during this song reminding the crowd, “it is Memorial Day weekend.”
The production for Billy Joel’s performance was nothing short of exceptional with beautifully vibrant lighting, video walls filling all sides of the stage giving amazing visuals to each and every song performance but also showcasing fans that were highly engaged with the show, even a child that was probably about 5-years old with her dad who danced the night away to every single song without a break. That was not the only child we seen in the crowd however, the crowd on this sold out evening was multi-generational with grandparents who brought their kids with them who brought their kids, making for a family-filled concert.
There was not a dull moment during Joel’s set from the launch of his set as he rocked out on guitar while singing “A Matter of Trust” to the ending keys of “Piano Man” before he returned to the stage for 5-additional songs for his lengthy but spectacular encore which included fan-favorite hits “We Didn’t Start The Fire,” “Uptown Girl,” “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “Big Shot” and ending with “You May Be Right,” which included a verse of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” before exiting the stage to a massive standing ovation for the legendary pianist.