Billy Joel made his Twin Cities debut at the old Marigold Ballroom in downtown Minneapolis in 1974. He played the first concert ever at Target Center in 1990. And on Friday he played his first outdoor concert in the Twin Cities at Target Field. … Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses joined a guitar-wielding Joel for a rollicking cover of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell.” … Other high points included a harmonica-punctuated singalong “Piano Man,” the spunky “Big Shot” (featuring Rose again) and a heartfelt “New York State of Mind,” on which Joel demonstrated the range left in his voice — nuanced, belting, high notes and low notes. – Star Tribune
His performance Friday was big, energetic and loud, much more so than the last time we saw him in May 2015, across the street at Target Center. The sold-out crowd seemed to feed off that energy, as well as the gorgeous summer evening. The only complaint about playing outside came from Joel, who was dressed in a full suit and tie. He kept a fly swatter atop his piano and told the crowd at one point he wasn’t worried about getting bitten, he was worried about inadvertently swallowing a fly. – Pioneer Press
Joel reminisced about his earliest shows in town, at the Marigold Ballroom (formerly on Nicollet and Grant), a venue more suited, he said, to Lawrence Welk, before the obligatory winter weather quips led into a Minneapolis-acknowledging instrumental jaunt through “Love Is All Around.” … There were bits of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “You May Be Right” veered into Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll,” “River of Dreams” flowed into Motown for a bit of “Heat Wave,” Joel even perfectly recreated the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” in its entirety. – City Pages
While it makes sense for Rose, the substitute AC/DC singer, to deliver the band’s 1979 classic, Joel has actually been performing “Highway to Hell” during his main set for years, with his roadie “Chainsaw” tackling lead vocals. The Rose-Joel redux was thanks to some fortuitous timing: Guns N’ Roses’ latest North American leg of their Not in This Lifetime tour brought the reunited rockers to Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday night. – Rolling Stone
Billy Joel & Axl Rose – Highway to Hell
Fan video by Taylor Jackson
Billy Joel & Axl Rose – Big Shot
Fan video by Todd Ginter
Billy, Alexis and Della Rose Joel ride in a golf cart to tour the stadium before Billy’s concert at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN, on July 28, 2017.
Billy Joel readies his fly swatter during his concert at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN, on July 28, 2017.
Axl Rose joins Billy Joel on stage to perform “Highway to Hell” during Billy’s concert at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN, on July 28, 2017.
Gavin DeGraw joins Billy Joel and the band on stage for “You May Be Right” during Billy’s concert at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN, on July 28, 2017.
Billy Joel on piano at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN, on July 28, 2017.
Billy Joel Set List – Target Field – Minneapolis, MN – July 28, 2017
Official photos by Jeff Schock