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Josh Katz from Cincinnati, OH
LOGAN'S SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE PIANO MAN
The spring semester continued and yes on a school night. For nearly two-and-a-half hours at a jam packed US Bank Arena, piano man Billy Joel reminded us what it is that keeps us coming back. Although he hasn't released an album of new, original material in quite some time, his drawing power is as strong as ever and his spectacular performance this past Tuesday night proved that he still has it! Joel took his place at a grand piano situated atop a revolving pedestal at center stage alongside a superb band (Dave Rosenthal - keyboards, piano, organ, Musical Director, Mark Rivera - Saxophone, flute, harmonica, percussion, vocals, Crystal Taliefero - percussion, saxopohone, harmonica, vocals, Tommy Byrnes - guitars, vocals, Andy Cichon - bass, vocals. Joel mixed nearly two dozen favorites with spirited covers and song snippets, opening with an early number from his 1976 Turnstiles album, "Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway. Joel, now 66, sounded strong, and sharp, and seemed to be in good spirits as he addressed the crowd several times with comical between song banter including a reference to the "other piano player" he sometimes tours with (Elton John), even playing a few lines from John's signature "Your Song" with a dead-on impression of Elton's distinctive vocal style, and a reminder that Elton has plenty of money!. From there, Joel paraded through a variety of hit singles, more lesser-known cuts (played for the diehards, no doubt)and some apropos tribute snippets to regional musicians (Roy Rogers, Dean Martin and The James Gang) from the past, not to mention a rousing edition of Hang on Sloopy that had the crowd singing along OSU style. Joel also gave the audience, as he described a Fielders Choice, with the audience deciding on Vienna over Big Man on Mulberry Street. Throwing in some political satire, Joel facetiously dedicated his early biographical tune "The Entertainer" to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and then came another barrage of hits, a whole lot of them in a row that got a feverish response from the now-revved-up crowd. While Logan was ready to leave after a spirited, crowd pleasing sing-along version of Piano Man, I reminded him of the rule. We don't leave before an encore, which was punctuated with a version of Led Zeppelin's hard rock classic anthem "Rock and Roll" featuring faithful Robert Plant-channeling vocals from guitarist Michael DelGuidice intertwined into Joel's own "You May Be Right." Ending the long night with the classic "Only The Good Die Young," the man worked the crowd and gave us every bit of our money's worth throughout the memorable night. So it was pretty good crowd for a Tuesday, and everyone had a smile because we knew that it was Billy Joel we were coming to see to forget about life for awhile.... and everyone left feeling alright.
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