Billy Joel Cincinnati 2021 concert review at Great American Ball Park

It’s September, and the Reds remain in the playoff hunt, but that doesn’t mean that they can draw a bigger crowd in Cincinnati than Billy Joel.

It was a sellout of 36,395 at Great American Ball Park for Joel, in town on Friday making up a COVID-canceled date from last year.

Performing on a stage built in centerfield and facing home plate, Joel and his eight-person band’s two-hour, 24-song set was thoroughly enjoyable.

“It’s a year later,” said Joel, 72, decked out in a dark shirt, dark tie, dark pants and dark sport coat. “Thank you for waiting.”

Of those 24 songs, most were hits. He understood why people purchased tickets. Joel is not the sort of classic rocker who tests material created in the current millennium on a live audience wanting to hear songs from the previous one. In fact, he hasn’t released an album of new pop songs in nearly 30 years.

“So I got nothing new for you,” he said, seated at a black baby grand with a flyswatter in hand, keeping away the bugs drawn to his spotlight. “Same old (stuff). But we know how to play it by now.”

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Billy Joel sings to a sold-out crowd of 36,395 at Great American Ball Park, on Friday, September 10.

“The Piano Man.” “My Life.” “You May Be Right.” “Always a Woman.” “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” “Uptown Girl.” “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.” “Big Shot.” “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me.” “Only the Good Die Young.” “Movin’ Out.” “New York State of Mind.” That’s half of them. And even the casual Billy Joel fans assembled probably knew most of the other half. 

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