Billy Joel Performs at 12.12.12 The Concert For Sandy Relief

Billy Joel Performs at 12.12.12 The Concert For Sandy Relief

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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Re: Billy Joel Performs at 12.12.12 The Concert For Sandy Relief

Simply put Billy is the quintessential New York son made good. With that big mantle he really delivered here. There's two performances that define this concert and one is most certainly Billy's along with The Who. The juxtaposition of the home town boy and the Brit invaders makes for something quite sublime. As I write this I'm revisiting the concert and it seems Billy's performance is the most intimate while The Who's is the most impassioned. Somehow this seems "just right" as The Who get major points with the New York connection because of the 2001 Concert For New York. No one, not Bruce or Bon Jovi, can eclipse the fact that Billy is NY's favorite son who seems to be in semi-retirement yet gives an incendiary performance here. I will always love NYC and Billy Joel as a package deal. True, I miss his original band, but this performance preserves all that BJ and his original musical vision has paved. Thank you Billy for this special treat.

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Re: Billy Joel Performs at 12.12.12 The Concert For Sandy Relief

Amazing performances from Billy Joel, BonJovi, Paul McCartney, Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton and the others..I say Thank you to all of you for getting this concert together and helping the Robin Hood foundation help those in need from Hurricane Sandy. I am a former Long Islander born and raised in Queens NY. No matter my location now...I am always in a
"New York State of Mind" in my heart and soul and determination. Bless you all !

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Re: Billy Joel Performs at 12.12.12 The Concert For Sandy Relief

Amazing performances from Billy Joel, BonJovi, Paul McCartney, Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton and the others..I say Thank you to all of you for getting this concert together and helping the Robin Hood foundation help those in need from Hurricane Sandy. I am a former Long Islander born and raised in Queens NY. No matter my location now...I am always in a
"New York State of Mind" in my heart and soul and determination. Bless you all !

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Re: Billy Joel Performs at 12.12.12 The Concert For Sandy Relief

Billy Joel was hands-down the best performance I saw on the night. Such an engaging performer when on stage, amazing voice.
Despite only watching from my PC (I was at work at the time!), I had to stop everything and watch him. I also enjoyed Bon Jovi and Springsteen.

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Re: Billy Joel Performs at 12.12.12 The Concert For Sandy Relief

Billy Joel brought his "A" game to this concert. Best entertainer of the night. Springsteen and Bon Jovi right behind, followed by the British guys who were just OK. One exception was Eric Clapton who is one of the greatest rock guitarists of all times, and who came out playing an acoustic and then did his Cream song, Crossroads. Good stuff. But Billy Joel, unassuming and underpublicized, surprised them all.

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