Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: The Piano Man

This week’s oldie is from the star who performs tonight at Milwaukee’s Miller Park.

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Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.

Kevin, you’re doing a forgotten oldie about…Billy Joel?  The guy who’s touring like crazy and has had one memorable recording after another?

You not only may be right, you are right. In the words of the Piano Man himself, “I had more songs than I had hits.”

This famous rocker certainly can’t do them all in one show. That’s where tonight’s oldie comes in. And you can play along.

I went back and looked at Joel’s set lists I could find for concerts so far in 2019 at Madison Square Garden (he’s doing one show a month there all year) and at Chase Field in Phoenix where he had to swat moths while playing.

Musician Billy Joel performs while swatting little white moths at Chase Field on March 9, 2019 in Phoenix.
Photo: Phoenix News Times

You’ll now see a list of Joel songs. Pick the one he hasn’t performed.

A) Don’t Ask Me Why

B) Just The Way You Are

C) Only the Good Die Young

D) Vienna

E) We Didn’t Start the Fire

Have your guess in mind?

Let’s get to the answer by eliminating one-by-one a song that has been on the set lists.

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A) Don’t Ask Me Why

B) Just The Way You Are

C) Only the Good Die Young

D) Vienna

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A) Don’t Ask Me Why

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B) Just The Way You Are

C) Only the Good Die Young

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B) Just The Way You Are

Released in 1977, this Joel smash record that hit #3 the following year was influenced by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Joel turns 70 next month.

“I’ve become very comfortable with that concept of maybe you just don’t retire,” Joel said. “Maybe it just keeps going because people want to keep seeing it. And it’s a great job. I have a great band. I play great venues. And I make great money. So what’s wrong with that? Hopefully, with age comes wisdom. It just seems like it’s not so far-fetched to continue to do what you have learned how to do all your life. And it seems like the natural thing to do. If I stopped, I wonder if my not doing something would contribute to an earlier death.”

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“He’s (Tony Bennett) 92 and he’s still belting it out and the place went crazy when he came out (at Madison Square Garden in March),” Joel said. “I think he’s still enjoying it. I saw that and went, ‘He’s really having a blast’ … He says, ‘You got to keep the energy going. The audience is giving me this energy and I can’t throw that away cause I gotta use that.’ And I think there’s something to that.”

BONUS

Here’s a big radio hit that is on Joel’s set list.

The year is 1983. Joel sings and dances with his future bride and now ex-wife Christie Brinkley.

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UPDATE: What did Billy Joel play Friday night?

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