Billy Joel, the Piano Man, returned to Atlanta on Saturday night and electrified the sold out Philips Arena crowd with a set that lasted more than two hours. Joel was back in Georgia for the first time in eight years and it was like he'd never been away such was the reception he received from the crowd.

His enduring appeal is remarkable given that he relies on a catalog of music whose most recent composition is more than twenty years old. But the faithful fans that filled Philips reacted, like fans at all of his shows, to the fact that he is the consummate entertainer and also that his music stands the test of time. Timeless is an often over-used term but in Billy Joel's case it's a perfect description, his music is as relevant and compelling as ever. Furthermore his voice is as strong as it ever was and his enthusiasm on stage is unmatched.
Throwing into the set several songs relevant to Georgia residents didn't hurt either; "Georgia On My Mind", "I Feel Good", and "Midnight Rider" were all played and all received a euphoric reception.

Opening for Billy Joel was a strong set from Gavin DeGraw, and testimony to DeGraw's appeal, Philips Arena was quite full for the duration of his set. Splitting time between the piano and the mic stand, DeGraw repeatedly demonstrated that, despite already being a grammy-nominated artist, that his star is still rising.


Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway) ?

Pressure ?

Georgia On My Mind (Hoagy Carmichael cover) ?

Your Song (Elton John cover) ?

Summer, Highland Falls ?

My Life ?

Vienna ?

I Feel Good (James Brown cover) ?

Zanzibar ?

The Entertainer ?

Movin' Out

Midnight Rider (Allman Brothers cover) ?

New York State Of Mind ?

Allentown ?

The Ballad of Billy the Kid ?

Sometimes a Fantasy ?

She's Always a Woman ?

Don't Ask Me Why ?

Highway to Hell ?(AC/DC cover)

We Didn't Start the Fire ?

The River of Dreams ?

Tush (ZZ Top cover)

Scenes From an Italian Restaurant ?

Piano Man ?


Uptown Girl ?

It's Still Rock and Roll to Me ?

You May Be Right ?

Only The Good Die Young

edit @ 22 Sep 2015 05:46:50 by boringthrill1835