Billy Joel is a New York City-born rock ‘n roll superstar who dominated the Billboard Charts and album sales in the 1980s. In the decades since, he has continued to display his amazing talents and his natural knack for entertaining audiences of all sizes. His recent announcement that he will play Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia for the sixth time not only breaks a record for the relatively young venue, it creates a platform for the forever youthful superstar to have a huge night in front of adoring fans. Billy Joel 2019 Citizens Bank Arena Tickets are available to the general public now.
Born in New York
Joel was born in early-May of 1949 in The Bronx. It was during a time in which the region was the ultimate global mixing pot, merging all sorts of cultures from a wide array of backgrounds. The five boroughs were comprised of literally millions of families just trying to carve out a place for themselves in the city that represented the first point that many European immigrants touched down upon.
When Billy Joel was just over a year old, his family moved to Long Island. His father straddled the line between a working businessman and a piano player ready and available to play classical ballads whenever a situation arose, especially a paying gig. His father’s Jewish lineage involves an escape from Germany, and a matriculation through Cuba. But his father actually moved back to Europe after divorcing Joel’s mother in the late 1950s. Somewhat incredibly, Joel’s father met, married and procreated with a woman in Austria, giving birth to a son named Alexander who rose to prominence in the European music scene and eventually became the director of a highly esteemed Opera house.
Citizens Bank Park
But back to American soil. Citizens Bank Park was constructed in the early years of the 21st century, and officially opened to the public in early-April 2004. It replaced the old and outdated Veterans Stadium, ushering in a new era of professional baseball in the City of Brotherly Love. Millions of people have filled the three-tiered venue with an amazing view of downtown Philadelphia over the years, and the Phillies have had some successful squads.
The first ever concert staged in Citizens Bank Park starred the great Jimmy Buffett in August of 2005. Billy Joel first performed at the venue during a concert in which he co-headlined with Elton John as part of the Face to Face 2019 Tour. It would be another five years before Joel would play the venue again, and he began to fit it into his regular rotation. At 69 years of age, Billy Joel is a youngster compared to some 70-somethings that came to prominence in the 60s and 70s and are still touring. There is no clear end in sight for the Bronx native who has become an adopted son by fans and metropolises up-and-down the Eastern Seaboard.
The idea of playing in outdoor stadiums in front of 40,000-100,000 fans is not new, but it is something that ballparks such as this one have increasingly embraced over the years. A high definition scoreboard and video board was installed in advance of the 2011 baseball season, and it gives fans who may be a sizable distance away from the stage an up close and personal glimpse of the action unfolding upon it. This means that there is really no bad seat in the house when it comes to purchasing Billy Joel Citizens Bank Park 2019 Tickets.
Joel Tickets and Set Lists
Joel has mixed up the set list during his shows over the years in order to keep fans guessing and introduce some element of surprise, but there are a handful of songs that are almost certain to be played. Joel has 13 studio albums and 15 compilation albums to his name, including a total of 61 singles. This is a legitimate library to comb through when comprising a set list, and his songs range from emotional and moving piano ballads to rollicking celebrations of life in general. His first studio album was released all the way back in 1971, and his second studio release, entitled Piano Man, initially put him on the rock ‘n roll map back in 1973. 52nd Street was released in late-1978, and the vinyl albums spun on turntables around North America throughout the 80s.
Some of his most recognizable songs include Piano Man, New York State of Mind, Just the Way You Are, Only the Good Die Young, Big Shot, It’s Still Rock ‘n Roll to Me, and many others. For all fans interested in securing Billy Joel Citizens Bank Park tickets to what is sure to be one of the biggest concerts in Philadelphia in all of 2019, now is the time, and this is the place.