‘Piano Man’ Billy Joel hasn’t been in New Zealand since his last show in 2008, which he said was “good news and bad news”.
“Good evening New Zealand. Long time no see,” he told the crowd.
“The bad news is I haven’t recorded anything since 1993, so basically you're gonna hear the same s**t you wanted to hear the last time,” he joked honestly to the crowd.
“The good news is I haven’t recorded anything new since 1993, so basically you’re gonna hear the same s**t you heard last time.”
The news didn’t bother the Kiwis who stood out in the cold wind and rain, already standing up and having a good boogie to ‘My Life’.
Billy Joel also brought up his two young daughters, Della and Remy onto the stage. They sat near his feat, beside the piano, and watched their dad and crowd in awe.
We don't know about his other crowds, but Billy Joel was really impressed by our singing.
"Sometimes you get an audience, they’re way out of key,” he joked before breaking back into a badly-sung chorus of the last song to prove a point." Billy Joel said to the crowd.
“You guys are pretty good,” he added,
“Just stay in key, OK.”
And of course, no night at Billy Joel would be complete without a performance of ‘Piano Man’ that the entire stadium of 35,000 fans held up their torches and passionately sang along to.
It was just incredible to hear everyone at the stadium sing the lines with Billy Joel.
For Encore, Billy Joel did not just have one song, but he had 5!
Some of the people may have been sitting down during the show, but after Encore started, almost everyone got up and had the time of their lives dancing and singing with Billy Joel.
Starting off with the iconic We didn't Start The Fire, followed by more iconic ones Uptown Girl, It's Still Rock and Roll to Me, Big Shot and lastly, You May Be Right.
Here's the entire setlist from the night:
1. A Matter of Trust
2. My life
3. The Entertainer
5. An Innocent Man
7. Just the Way You Are
8. Movin' Out
9. She's Always a Woman
12. She's Always a Woman
13. I Go To Extremes
14. All for Leyna
15. Sometimes A Fantasy
16. The Downeaster Alexa
17. Only The Good Die Young
18. The Rive of Dreams
19. Nessun dorma
20. Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
21. Piano Man
22. We Didn't Start The Fire
23. Uptown Girl
24. It's Still Rock and Roll to Me
25. Big Shot
26. You May Be Right
Check out some of the photos from the incredible night!
Photo Credits: JACK RANGOONI & TOM GRUT.