When you’ve been in the music business as long as Billy Joel has — and this is his 50th year as a professional musician — you’ve earned the right to dig deep into your playbook and play a few hidden gems.
…And Joel certainly played a lot of well-known songs. The final run of “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” “Piano Man,” “Big Shot,” “It’s Still Rock ‘n’ Roll to Me” and “Only the Good Die Young” didn’t leave anyone disappointed.
He plays with a crack band, particularly sax man Mark Rivera, who has been playing with Joel since 1982 and knows how to spice up a song, whether it’s a wailing solo on “Italian Restaurant” or just adding sweet touches to “New York State of Mind.”
Joel has been such a prolific hitmaker for such a long time that it’s easy to forget just what a good piano player he is. Then, on “River of Dreams,” he tears through a blistering solo that reminds you that they don’t call him the Piano Man just because he wrote a song of that name.
Read the complete review at The Florida Times-Union, and listen to the concert set list below, using tracks from Billy’s albums on Spotify.
Photo credit: Karl Schweinfurth/Jacksonville.com
- Billy Joel To Headline Concert In Jacksonville, Florida January 22 – November 7, 2013