Billy Joel offers an unforgettable show, and his first Dublin date in seven years is well worth every penny. But please, Mr Joel, don’t leave it so long next time.
... "She’s Always a Woman" gets a great swaying and singing reaction, while "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" is a magnificent, multi-act epic. But it’s a spine-tingling rendition of "Piano Man" that is the highlight. It really felt like an “I was there” moment as a sea of waving arms and raised voices greeted one of the finest songs ever put to wax. It would be a suitable close to any show, but as he and the band exit, we know there’ll be a return.
For the encore, Billy the storyteller behind the piano is replaced by Billy the rocker, guitar over his shoulder. "We Didn’t Start the Fire" sees the O2 hopping before the Elvis-like theatrics of "It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me." Joel takes his place back behind the piano for "You May Be Right" before "Only the Good Die Young" closes the night. Joel stands up from the piano before dropping to his knees in exhaustion; but it’s no more than a hint of James Brown-esque showmanship.
Billy Joel Set List - Dublin, Ireland November 1, 2013
- My Life
- Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
- Everybody Loves You Now
- Where's The Orchestra
- The Downeaster 'Alexa'
- New York State Of Mind
- The Great Wall Of China
- She's Always A Woman
- Don't Ask Me Why
- Uptown Girl
- Blonde Over Blue
- Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
- The River Of Dreams
- Piano Man
- We Didn't Start The Fire
- It's Still Rock And Roll To Me
- You May Be Right
- Only The Good Die Young
Photo credit: Daragh McDonagh
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