The Piano Man is returning for Chicago’s Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs, for a record breaking 5th consecutive year. Billy Joel’s Wrigley performances have become a staple for Chicago summers and 2018 will be no exception.
Tickets for the performance are schedule to go on sale this month, at 10 AM on January 29th. Joel will join Wrigley’s currently announced cast of concerts, which include the Foo Fighters, Journey & Def Leppard and Fall Out Boy.
Check out photos from Billy Joel’s 2015 Wrigley Field performance below.
Last night, a music legend paired with one of the most historic stadiums in the world, as Billy Joel performed for over 40,000 fans at Lambeau Field, the iconic home to the Green Bay Packers. While the Piano Man has been all over the state of Wisconsin, throughout his half-a-decade career in music, history was made Saturday night as Joel performed in Green Bay for his first time, and on the biggest stage in the entire state. With an entertaining opening set from Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, tailgating and grill outs throughout the day, and many families treating the dads in the crowd to an early Fathers Day, the day was set to be a memorable one from the very beginning.
Up first for the night was singer/songwriter, Andrew McMahon, who brought his indie pop act, “Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness”, to the Green Bay crowd. Known first for leading bands like “Something Corporate” and “Jack’s Mannequin”, McMahon’s current endeavors in music are his best yet.
Early in his performance, McMahon made sure to give a big thanks to Joel, for allowing him to kick things off for the night. McMahon credited Joel for jump starting his interest in music, after seeing Joel perform for McMahon’s first concert growing up. Fast forward decades later, McMahon is opening for Billy Joel for 40,000+, and is one of the more entertaining piano players in music today. Andrew McMahon also shouted out another important man from his childhood, his father, who the California-native flew out to Wisconsin for Fathers Day.
McMahon’s set included a number of songs from his 2014 self-titled debut, like ‘High Dive’ and ‘Canyon Moon’, as well as tracks from him time with Jack’s Mannequin, like ‘Dark Blue’ and ‘La La Lie’. If you like what you heard, or weren’t able to make it to Lambeau last night, be sure to catch McMahon this year at Milwaukee’s Summerfest.
“Welcome to Lambeau Field, the Holy Grail of football.”
As Billy Joel greeted the packed (no pun intended) crowd at “Titletown”, Joel’s fans began to chant “Go Pack, Go!” throughout the stadium. Growing up in New York, Joel likely isn’t the biggest Packers fan, but he didn’t shy away from showcasing his humor from the very beginning. “Who’s Pat?”, Joel asked the crowd. The jokes didn’t stop there either, “This is Billy’s dad. He didn’t want to get his hair wet”, Joel told the outdoor crowd.
The entire night was full of laughs, smiles and most importantly, the hits. Although Billy Joel described his setlist as a “fielder’s choice”, where fans could request a song, he ensured his Wisconsin crowd that “we will do all of them.” And all of them he did. Performing a 27-song set for over 2-hours, Billy Joel made sure that his first visit to Green Bay would be one for the ages. From opening his performance with his hit single ‘Movin’ Out’ to an energetic cover of AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell’, to ending the night with a huge 5-song encore of ‘Uptown Girl’, ‘It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me’, ‘Big Shot’, ‘Only The Good Die Young’ and ‘You May Be Right’, the show was one of the most historic performances in Lambeau since the Ice Bowl.
Highlights of the night included the memorable encore, Joel’s attempts to fight off bugs during his outdoor performance (joking that he is afraid he might swallow one), and of course Billy Joel’s performance of his mega-hit and everyone’s favorite, ‘Piano Man’, where everyone in attendance sang along, which could likely be heard for miles. If you missed out last night, you did just that… you missed out, as Billy Joel delivered a great night of music, from endzone to endzone, that the whole city won’t soon forget.
Check out the full setlist and more of our photos from Billy Joel’s legendary night at Lambeau Field below.
Movin’ Out Pressure The Entertainer Vienna The Lion Sleeps Tonight The Longest Time All For Leyna Zanzibar A Day In The Life New York State Of Mind Don’t Ask Me Why And So It Goes Allentown
Sometimes a Fantasy
She’s Always a Woman
Highway To Hell
We Didn’t Start The Fire
The River Of Dreams
Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me
Only The Good Die Young
You May Be Right
“Billy Joel sells more tickets per year at Wrigley Field than the Chicago Cubs,” is a joke I would make if the Cubs were still a horrible baseball team. But either way, Billy Joel sure does play Wrigley Field a ton, and will huge sell out crowds. In fact, not other artist has ever performed at Wrigley Field more than Billy Joel. However the Piano Man isn’t letting his record stop at four Wrigley performances, as this year Billy Joel will perform at the historic baseball field for a fifth time, extending his record by one.
Billy Joel is scheduled to perform on August 26th with tickets ranging from $49.50 to $129.50. Tickets are expected to go on sale at 10 AM on January 23rd via Cubs.com, and check out our photos from Billy Joel’s last Wrigley Field visit below.
Minutes ago, Billy Joel stepped off stage after his sold-out performance at the legendary Wrigley Field in Chicago, the home of the Chicago Cubs and a second home to Billy Joel in the nation’s Second City. Now the only musician to ever perform four shows at Wrigley and the only musician to perform at the ballpark in consecutive years, the Piano Man gave his Windy City fans everything they wanted and more tonight. Fans were also treated to an opening set from ‘Chariot’ and ‘I Don’t Want To Be’ singer, Gavin DeGraw.
Check out our photos from Billy Joel’s Chicago tour stop below and if he is coming to a city near you, get your tickets now (if it’s not too late)!
After originally announcing its 2015 lineup earlier this year, today we now have the daily breakdown for the 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. This year “The Farm” will take place from June 11th to the 14th in Manchester, Tennessee and each day of the four-day festival offers something new! Kicking off the fest on Thursday includes Tovo Lo, Mac DeMarco, Courtney Barnett, Dej Loaf, Benjamin Booker and more.
Friday includes performances from Flying Lotus, Earth Wind and Fire, Run the Jewels, STS9, Alabama Shakes, Ben Folds, Ben Harper and headlining sets from deadmau5 and Kendrick Lamar. Saturday fans will see performances from Childish Gambino, Mumford and Sons, My Morning Jacket, The War on Drugs, Jamie xx, SZA, Hozier, Gary Clark Jr. and more. Finally, to close the festival on Sunday is Billy Joel, Florence and the Machine, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, G-Eazy, Spoon, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters and more. See the full daily lineup below and grab a ticket now while they are still available.
As opposed to just releasing a conventional lineup poster, Bonnaroo switched things up this year by allowing fans to take a part in the lineup announcement. After calling 1-844-ROO-2015, fans could get the name of an artist on this year’s lineup and make the announcement on social media. And who did they announce? Well let’s just say that “The Farm” will be as good as ever in 2015, with scheduled performances by Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Florence + the Machine, Billy Joel, Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5 and many more scheduled to perform. Check out more of the official lineup below.