Billy performed six songs at last night's historic 12.12.12 The Concert For Sandy Relief, joining other music greats including Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and more to raise awareness and money to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The show, which included tributes to first responders and those affected by the storm, was broadcast to an estimated 2 billion viewers and already raised $32 million in funds before anyone took the stage. Billy, who is proud of his personal connection to Long Island and the tri-state area impacted by the storm, told the audience, "We’re going to get through all this. This is New York and New Jersey and Long Island, and we’re just too mean to lay down and die."
12.12.12 The Concert For Sandy Relief is still collecting donations through its official website and an exclusive charity auction of memorabilia related to the show. If you were moved by any part of the concert, or by the stories of those impacted by the storm, it's not too late to contribute.
Rolling Stone said Billy's performance was one of 10 great moments in the show:
Billy Joel hasn't lost a step. Joel was the only performer of the night who has been out of the public eye for a few years. The time off seems to have treated him well. He may look more than a bit like Brian Dennehy these days, but his voice is absolutely unreal. If you closed your eyes you'd think you were listening to Songs in the Attic. It's impossible to pick one highlight from his six-song set. Backed by his longtime touring band, Joel played "Miami 2017," "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)," "New York State of Mind," "The River of Dreams," "You May Be Right" and "Only the Good Die Young." He almost blew every other performer off the stage.
Here is a video of Billy performing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "New York State Of Mind" (Flash only), courtesy of CBS News, and an interview clip from backstage, courtesy of Fuse.
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