With a set list spanning from 1973 (“Piano Man”) to 1993 (“The River of Dreams”), Billy Joel's two exuberant hours shared with an all-ages Wrigley crowd were a testament to the Entertainer’s staying power.…His gift is a McCartneyesque type of craftsmanship that triggers an urge to sing along with hook after hook. And so they did at Wrigley. When you hear these songs clustered together, you realize that Joel has a special knack for group-participation. …And there he was, uplifting multiple generations in a packed Wrigley Field, the Entertainer till the end. – Chicago Tribune
His first solo engagement in Chicago since 2007 (yet another sell out) definitely took a more considerate overview of a career that’s sold over 150 million albums. Sure, many of the most obvious hits were included, but he also fittingly uncovered long lost treasures, such as the ode to aging gracefully “Vienna” (one of five cuts from 1977’s breakthrough The Stranger), the jazzy “Zanzibar” and the frenetic rocker “Sometimes A Fantasy.” … There were moments of poignancy that shined a light on this troubadour’s sometimes underappreciated lyrical depth with “Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)” being recast as a post 9/11 tribute to New York City. – Illinois Entertainer,br />
Billy Joel Set List – Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL – July 18, 2014
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Top photo by Michael Grosvenor. Additional photos by Michael Grosvenor, Stephen Wright and Mark Rivera.