Released today (November 4th) on CD, streaming services, and Blu-ray is Billy Joel: Live At Yankee Stadium. The collection contains 22 performances from the “Piano Man’s” historic two-day run at “The House That Ruth Built” on June 22nd and 23rd, 1990. All tracks have been remixed from the original multi-tracks and feature 11 completely unreleased performances, including “Uptown Girl,” “Only The Good Die Young,” “Allentown” and more.
The re-edited 1990 concert shot in 16mm color film, now features new music and unseen behind-the-scenes footage.
Billy Joel, who was born in the Bronx, recalled his emotions of actually playing the hallowed stadium back in 1990: “Yeah, Yankee Stadium was a whole jump in the level of things. I don’t think we had headlined stadiums before that. But that, I think, was our first major stadium gig. And no one had really played Yankee Stadium. We were, I think, the first major headline act to sell a concert at Yankee Stadium on our own. It was really, really exciting. I mean, this is in ‘the House the Ruth built’ — there you are, you’re playing there! They’re comin’ to see you — not the Yankees. It was huge. . . just the hugeness of it all was staggering, I remember that.”
For Billy Joel — who recently celebrated his 60th year as a professional musician — hitting the road and taking the stage just after eight p.m. has always been in his blood: “I’m from the old school, I started out as a performer. Before I ever made a record, I was playing in bands in clubs and bars, and dances, Sweet 16’s; so that’s what I do. I don’t think anything really replaces a live performance.”
IN OTHER BILLY JOEL NEWS
Billy Joel and Steve Nicks have tagged two new stops on what is amounting to a joint spring 2023 stadium tour.
In addition to the Houston date announced earlier this week, the pair will now also play on March 10th at L.A.’s Sofi Stadium and May 19th at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.
UPDATED: Billy Joel tour dates (subject to change):
November 11 – Atlanta, GA – ATLIVE at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (with Lionel Richie and Sheryl Crow)
November 23 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
December 3 – Auckland, New Zealand – Eden Park
December 10 – Melbourne, Australia – Melbourne Cricket Ground
December 19 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
January 13 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
January 27 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live
February 14 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
March 10 – Los Angeles, CA – Sofi Stadium (with Stevie Nicks)
March 26 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
April 8 – Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium (with Stevie Nicks)
May 19 – Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium (with Stevie Nicks)
July 7 – London, England – BST Hyde Park