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Billy Joel Memphis 2016

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Billy Joel Memphis 2016

Nathan Armstrong

Photo credits: @TimGSimpson

What can be said about Billy Joel that hasn’t been said before? A timeless treasure, his music and incomparable talent transcend the borders of generation and time alike. He has been delivering riveting and impactful performances for the past 50 years—Friday night at the FedEx forum was no exception.

He began the show in full force, playing hit after hit: “Big Shot,” “My Life,” “The Entertainer,” “The Longest Time.” It was quite clear that this tour is one for the fans. People of all ages throughout the entire forum were singing along to every song. 

One of the incredible things about Billy Joel is his ability to cater every concert to his specific audience at the drop of a hat. He let the audience vote a few times as to what songs they would like to hear. He also covered a couple of Elvis songs, “Green Onions,” and Chuck Berry’s “Memphis,” all in the spirit of the Bluff City.

Photo credit: @TimGSimpson

Photo credit: @TimGSimpson

After hours of non-stop entertainment, his set came to a close with Piano Man. The audience demanded an encore, on which he vivaciously delivered. He saved his best for last, pulling out classics such as “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” and “Only the Good Die Young.” As per the sassiness with which he performed “Uptown Girl,” one would almost believe that he has never really gotten over Elle Macpherson. The concert drew to its end, and all in attendance so obviously did not want the evening to be over. 

Billy Joel is a master in more ways than one, from his exquisite musical abilities, to his timeless lyrics, to his effortless possession of the hearts of a packed out FedEx Forum. He has been a treasure to be enjoyed for so long now; one can hope that he will be here to entertain and bring joy for many more years to come.

- @SarahEAGrisham