Billy Joel thrilled fans in Hamburg

Billy Joel thrilled fans in Hamburg

Stand: 12:14 clock | Reading time: 3 minutes Billy Joel thrilled 30,000 fans in Hamburg. Photo: Daniel Reinhardt Source: dpa-infocom GmbH He came, sang – and pulled off a show at its best: “Piano Man” Billy Joel gave his only Germany concert in Hamburg. However, he did not say a word about his special relationship to Germany. H amburg (dpa) – It’s been twelve years since Billy Joel last played in Hamburg. At that time just 8000 fans wanted to see him. On Saturday, Volksparkstadion presented a completely different picture: 30,000 people celebrate the “Piano Man”, who has sold 150 million records during his five-decade career at his only German concert this year. The audience in Hamburg grew up with Billy Joels songs. The older listeners usually recognize his innumerable hits already at the first few bars, acknowledge this with a deep sigh, sing along, dance, rock or cuddle. Presumably, it has gotten around in this country that a Joel ticket in new York City is a coveted commodity: since 2014, the piano bard plays there once a month at Madison Square Garden – the 20,000 tickets per gig are far out of print. A touch of big Apple Also blowing through the stadium in Hamburg, as the piano entertainer opened his set with the groovy “My Life”. With his eight-piece band he brings a fat sound to the stage. Nobody keeps it in the seat. Joel is also in a good mood when he flirts with the photographers in the ditch: “Hey, you there! I am 69. I am an old man. But good luck with the photos, “he jokes. His bald head gleams in the spotlight, his chin is decorated with a gray beard, his pounding body wrapped in a black suit. He can be seen – and hear anyway. It’s unbelievable how many hits the man behind the piano has accumulated since his solo debut in 1971. From the ballad “She’s always a woman” to the working-class hymn “Allentown,” which culminates in a hissing “Chu Ah Ah,” to the “New York state of mind” with its saxophone solo the screens next to and above the stage images of the Big Apple are displayed at night. He also has the “Leningrad,” which he seldom presents, on this wonderfully warm summer evening in the program, for in Germany the piece is a classic. “Do you speak German? I speak it a bit », he says accented and reaps rejoicing. About his tragic family history – his grandfather had to flee Nazi Germany – he does not say a word. After all, he is an entertainer with heart and soul. He also does not mention his half-brother, the conductor Alexander Joel, who lives in Hamburg. He prefers to have fun. “Now we’re playing a religious song, something very spiritual. I’ve got to put myself in the mood for religion and all the shit, “he says, hanging on an electric guitar and introducing his roadie chainsaw. Joel plays the signature riffs of AC / DC’s “Highway to hell,” Chainsaw takes on the vocals, and the stadium suddenly becomes a hard-rock arena. Not surprising at all, Joel dreamed in his early days to become a successful rocker. Like a berserker, he throws “It’s still” at the end skirt and Roll to me »his microphone stand to a crew member. But also for tenor Mike, who presents Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma”, there is room in his show. “It’s a pretty good crowd for a saturday” – the line from the classic “Piano Man” Joel seems particularly easy to go over the lips this evening. The master will give his next concert on July 18th, then back in the familiar terrain of Madison Square Garden. It will be his 100th appearance at the famous venue. Madison Square Garden

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