Billy Joel isn't sure when his "old ass" will ever be back in UK after Hyde Park show

10 July 2023, 13:42

Billy Joel surprises fans with Joe Jonas duet on 'Uptown Girl' at BST Hyde Park

By Mayer Nissim

Billy Joel wows 65,000 people in London but doesn't know when he'll next be back in the UK.

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Billy Joel will play at Madison Square Garden in New York for the 150th time next summer, but his visits to our shores are a little less frequent.

On Friday (July 7), the singer-songwriter wowed 65,000 fans in London when he headlined the American Express presents BST Hyde Park festival.

Joel took to the stage for a two-hour, 22-song set following supporting performances from a full bill, including Daryl Hall, Natasha Bedingfield and Rumer.

Starting the concert, Joel suggested to fans that it may be a long while yet before he returns to the UK for a live show.

"Thank you, London, England! Good to see ya," he said.

Billy Joel at London's Hyde Park
Billy Joel at London's Hyde Park. Picture: Alamy

"I don't get to come here that much. And I'm not sure when this old ass is going to be back again."

Joining Billy Joel during his five-song encore was The Jonas Brothers' singer Joe Jonas, who duetted with the 74-year-old on his 1983 hit 'Uptown Girl'.

"I'm doing something really exciting today. Bucket list. Major bucket list." Jonas had teased on Instagram earlier.

"Quite nervous. But the person I sang with is incredible and made me feel very comfortable."

Billy Joel in concert
Billy Joel in concert. Picture: Alamy

The full Billy Joel setlist was as follows:

  1. My Life
  2. Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
  3. The Entertainer
  4. Vienna
  5. Zanzibar
  6. An Innocent Man
  7. The Longest Time
  8. Don't Ask Me Why
  9. New York State of Mind
  10. Allentown
  11. She's Always a Woman
  12. Sometimes a Fantasy
  13. Only the Good Die Young
  14. The River of Dreams
  15. Nessun dorma (Sung by Mike Delguidice)
  16. Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
  17. Piano Man
  18. We Didn't Start the Fire
  19. Uptown Girl (with Joe Jonas)
  20. It's Still Rock and Roll to Me
  21. Big Shot
  22. A Hard Day's Night / You May Be Right

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