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Billy Joel Plays Hits, Album Cuts & "Biker Anthems" at Aussie Festival

Credit: Noel RushBilly Joel hit the stage Sunday in Sydney, Australia for his first full-length concert in three years, at the first annual Stone Music Festival.  This was the gig that Billy said was going to determine whether or not he'd continue to play live -- he said if he felt he didn't sound good, he'd stop giving concerts -- but YouTube evidence seems to suggest that that isn't going to happen.

According to Australia's Noise 11, Billy joked on stage about playing a festival based on a "stoner movie"; the event was actually named after the 1974 Aussie film Stone, which is about motorcycle-riding Vietnam War vets.  "Why did they want me to headline a concert based on a stoner movie?  Everyone knows 'Piano Man' is a biker theme,” he cracked.  He also referred to his ballad "She's Always a Woman" as "another biker anthem."

In addition, Billy joked about his age, saying, "I haven’t been here for ages.  I’m starting to look like my father.  Last night my mother tried to hit on me."  

As for the set list, it included album cuts and live favorites like "Miami 2017," "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant," "The Entertainer," "Zanzibar" and "Don't Ask Me Why," as well as huge hits like "We Didn't Start the Fire," "You May Be Right," "Allentown," "My Life" and "It's Still Rock 'n Roll to Me."  Billy has hinted that if he did decide to go back out on tour, he'd prefer to play album cuts and obscurities, because he's kinda bored with his hits.

Billy's next performance will be at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 27.  After that, we'll just have to wait and see.

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