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BILLY JOEL PLAYS FIRST FULL-SCALE CONCERT SINCE 2010

4/23/2013

Billy Joel performed his first full-scale concert since wrapping his 2010 Face To Face tour with Elton John. Billy, who performed on April 21st in Sydney, Australia at the Stone Music Festival, has said that the Sydney show and his April 27th appearance at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will play a role in deciding if the soon-to-be 64-year-old rocker will pack it in and retire from the road. He's said that if the shows are enjoyable, he's eying performing full album shows in select cities. Former INXS frontman Jon Stevens joined Billy and the band to pay homage to local heroes AC/DC on a cover of "Highway To Hell."

The Sydney show featured a hit-packed setlist, including his 1977 classic, "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)." Billy recalled the genesis behind the crowd favorite: "Well, it's the old thing, 'Ay, if you work hard, y'know, you get a house in the suburbs and you get a nice car. . .' I always -- I grew up in the suburbs. I always wanted to get back to the city, exactly where my parents couldn't wait to move out of the city; y'know, the kid couldn't wait to move back in, because the city was always magic. And especially there's an area in New York and people. . . it's called Little Italy. And they've got great restaurants, and there's guys walking around with guitars (sings in Italian) -- and people (go) 'Wow!' -- with mobsters drivin' around in limos, and just a great area."

Billy Joel's setlist on April 21st at Stone Music Festival 2013 (via Setlist.FM)

"Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)"
"Pressure"
"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"
"The Entertainer"
"My Life"
"Allentown"
"Born To Be Wild" (Steppenwolf cover)
"Don't Ask Me Why"
"Zanzibar"
"She's Always A Woman"
"Keeping The Faith"
"Scenes From An Italian Restaurant"
"The River Of Dreams"
"We Didn't Start The Fire"
"Highway To Hell" (AC/DC cover)
"It's Still Rock And Roll To Me"
"You May Be Right"
Encore:
"Only The Good Die Young"
"Piano Man"


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