The concert was simply outstanding. The opening act, Gavin DeGraw, was enjoyable, but he knew that the crowd was there for Billy, so he wisely played for only 30 minutes.
Billy electrified the audience all night, even playing guitar for his opening song, "A Matter of Trust". He played lots of the well-known hits (e.g. "Movin' Out", "She's Always a Woman", "River of Dreams"), but also dusted off a few of his lesser-known hits from earlier years, such as "The Entertainer", "The Ballad of Billy the Kid", and "Zanzibar". That last song featured an over-the-top trumpet solo by one of his band members.
Billy made sure to acknowledge each one of his band members through the course of the night. He truly enjoyed sharing the spotlight with all his band, and readily deflected the attention away from himself. He seemed genuinely humbled by the fact that he can fill a baseball stadium after not having recorded a new album in over 20 years.
He also brought a little local flavor to the show, something he consistently strives for. In the middle of the show, he started playing "Sweet Caroline", didn't sing a word, and just listened to 35,000 people sing it for him. He's no stranger to Fenway traditions. He also brought out a young local girl to sing "Boston State of Mind", a tribute to "New York State of Mind" written after last year's Marathon bombing.
Even though Billy can't quite hit the high notes anymore, he still had plenty of energy for a 65-year-old man, and he bantered with the crowd all night. He invited us all in to his "living room" (even if it was the size of a baseball stadium), and thoroughly enjoyed the shared experience of a night of music. Perhaps the best part of the evening was seeing my kids enjoy the show as much as I did.
4 / 5
Review by alldean LOGE 105 Row DD
July 01, 2014
Billy Joel is Godlike. The duet with Zac Brown, was the cherry on top. Amazing show!
5 / 5
Review by Lou LOGE 98 Row QQ
Billy Joel at Fenway
June 29, 2014
The Billy Joel concert at Fenway Park was one of the best concerts I have ever attended!! Just the atmosphere alone was incredible -- Joel was amazing. He came out at 8:30 and played until 10:45 with no breaks except a quick exit at 10:30, and then back for the encore. He sang and played every song we wanted -- He was fabulous! I wish I could do it all over again! It was magical.
5 / 5
Review by JulieB GRANDSTAND 25 Row 16
Billy Joel at Fenway was awesome
June 29, 2014
Billy Joel and band were great. Great set / lighting etc. Great atmosphere. Loved it :-)
4 / 5
Review by Mer
June 28, 2014
Absolutely one of the best concerts I have ever been to! Billy Joel still has it! It was truly an amazing experience seeing him and being at Fenway Park made it even more incredible. GREAT show! Well worth the money. I'd go again in a heartbeat.
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William Martin “Billy” Joel was born on May 9, 1949 in the Bronx, New York to Howard and Rosalind Joel. Howard Joel was an accomplished classical pianist, but it was Rosalind who pushed Billy to study and practice piano at a young age. His parents divorced in 1960, and by the time he attend... More
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William Martin “Billy” Joel was born on May 9, 1949 in the Bronx, New York to Howard and Rosalind Joel. Howard Joel was an accomplished classical pianist, but it was Rosalind who pushed Billy to study and practice piano at a young age. His parents divorced in 1960, and by the time he attended high school in 1967, Billy Joel played at a piano bar to help his mother make ends meet. Due to this interference with school, Joel did not have enough credits to graduate high school and thus dropped out to pursue his music career. He released his first solo album in 1970 called Cold Spring Harbor, but it proved to be unsuccessful. He quickly bounced back after moving out to Los Angeles, California when Columbia Records gave him a shot to fame. Joel was playing at piano lounges like The Executive Room and an underground record of “Captain Jack” caught Columbia’s attention. Joel’s first album with Columbia was Piano Man and was released in 1973. The title track “Piano Man” became his signature song.
Joel’s second studio album Streetlife Serenade, which was considered one of his weaker albums, still contained popular songs such as “Los Angelanos” and “Root Beer Rag”. In 1976 Joel returned to New York, and eventually released The Stranger in 1977. This album landed him four songs in the Top 25 of the U.S. Billboard charts including “Just the Way You Are”, “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)”, “Only the Good Die Young”, and “She’s Always a Woman”. This was Joel’s first top ten album and The Stranger became multi-platinum. It also outsold Columbia’s previous best-selling album Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water. The Stranger also won Grammy awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year (“Just the Way You Are”).
After the success from The Stranger, there were high expectations for Joel’s next album 52nd Street. Released in 1978, the album sold over seven million copies with hits such as “My Life”, “Big Shot”, and “Honesty”. 52nd Street won Grammy awards for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male and Album of the Year. The 1980s proved to be a successful decade for Billy Joel as well with smash hit singles such as “Tell Her About It”, “Uptown Girl”, “Innocent Man”, and “The Longest Time”. He released Greatest Hits Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 which included a four-sided album and two- CD set with the songs in order in which they were released. Billy Joel became the first American performer to perform a full-scale rock production in the Soviet Union. In 1984, Joel meet and married supermodel Christie Brinkley and they would eventually have their daughter Alexa Ray. Joel was presented with the Grammy Legend Award in 1989 around the same time he released another single, “We Didn’t Start the Fire”. In 1993, Joel divorced Brinkley with received a lot of attention with the legal proceedings. Billy Joel continued to tour sometimes accompanied by artists such as Sir Elton John. The year 1999 was a super successful one for Billy Joel. His songs passed the 100 million mark and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Ray Charles. Billy Joel continues to tour around the world without having to release an album in two decades because his hits have proven to be classics.