Billy Joel Concert At Citizens Bank Park Philadelphia, PA - August 2, 2014

Aug 2 2014
Philadelphia, PA
Citizens Bank Park

By the time the perfect night of cool August breezes (and no rain) ended, Saturday's sold-out Billy Joel show at Citizens Bank Park had made one thing evident: They don't write them like that anymore. ...Playing rarities - the softly arch, jaggedly jazzy ballad "Vienna," a stammering "Zanzibar" with an oddball "Rocky Theme" intro - along with fever-pitched hits, Joel and his tight band sounded so crisp, it was like listening to one of his albums. Magnificent. - The Philadelphia Inquirer

It’s not easy for Joel to create a set list considering his vast canon. Stadium shows don’t usually allow changeups, even at a baseball park, but Joel surprised fans by offering "The Longest Time." “I haven’t played this one in a really long time,” Joel said as he introduced Philly’s Boyz II Men, who delivered spot-on three-part harmony. The requisite hits "Piano Man," "Don’t Ask Me Why" and "Big Shot" were delivered. But Joel’s complicated narrative-driven portraits, such as "Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)," "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" and "New York State of Mind," which should be regarded as a standard, elicited the greatest response from the effusive generation-crossing crowd. He knocked one out of the park on a cool summer night to the delight of the 50,000 who provided considerable electricity to a venue that hosts a moribund team. - The Intelligencer

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Re: Billy Joel Concert At Citizens Bank Park Philadelphia, PA - August 2, 2014

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3

While this was a good concert, it was pretty predictable. With the exception of The Longest Time with Boys to Men (great), there was nothing my wife and I had not heard many times before. This is the reason we stopped going to see Billy 10 years ago.

As a fan from the Academy of Music days, it was a little disappointing not to hear some of the songs Billy has been playing regularly on this tour. I just saw the set list from the Garden from August 7. I get that this is NYC and Billy's home turf, but lets not forget how influential Philly was at the start of his career. It would have been nice to hear Miami 2017, Sometimes a Fantasy, The Stranger, etc.

This is just my perspective. Billy's performance was very strong and the show was enjoyable, but here's hoping Billy will reward a very, very loyal fan base next time!

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Re: Billy Joel Concert At Citizens Bank Park Philadelphia, PA - August 2, 2014

Rating: 
5

Great Concert.. Billy was at his best.. The wife and I really enjoyed the show!!

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