A sold-out Wrigley Field was honored with sixth-time performer, Billy Joel with what has now become a regular summer tradition.

Billy Joel is the record holder for his number of performances at Wrigley Field. He is welcomed back each summer with open arms because he never fails to impress. He is ever the performer, and even though he hasn’t had any new material out since his last appearance here, it doesn’t matter. You can’t fail to enjoy yourself at one of his shows. He doesn’t need new material to draw the crowds because, let’s face it, it’s his numerous classic hits people come to hear.

That’s not to say that each show is the same. Far from it. Of course, there’s always going to be the big-hitters like “Piano Man”, “New York State of Mind” and “Uptown Girl”, but he also went with the “Fielder’s Choice” where the audience got to choose between songs to be performed.

Billy Joel looks at home on the stage, especially on this stage and behind his piano. Remembering the number of bugs that regularly surround him on the Friendly Confines’ stage, this time he came prepared with his fly swatter to make sure he didn’t swallow any of them.

There wasn’t an opening act for tonight, so the Chicago audience was treated to two and a half hours of pure Joel. Besides running through his classics, he also threw in covers of The Beatles’ “A Day In The Life” as well as Chicago’s “26 or 6 to 4”. You don’t have to be a huge Billy Joel fan to know the lyrics to the majority of his songs. However, it is always fun watching an audience trying to sing along with partial memory/knowledge of the lyrics to “We Didn’t Start The Fire”.

There have been a number of tours this summer celebrating various bands’ 40th anniversaries, which is certainly nothing to be scoffed at. However, Joel has now been performing for more than 50 years. With an expansive career such as his, it’s no wonder he can perform a different setlist each night without the aid of new material.

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Event Date: 11-AUG-2017

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Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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