On Friday evening, Billy Joel headed to Philadelphia for a one-off performance at Citizens Bank Park, the home of Major League Baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies.
Midway through Joel’s set, he welcomed drummer Jason Bonham—son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham—to the stage for a pair of Zeppelin covers, “Whole Lotta Love” and “Good Times, Bad Times”. Joel’s guitarist (and sometimes-impersonator) Mike DelGuidice impressively tackled Robert Plant‘s howling vocals on “Whole Lotta Love”, while Joel took the lead on “Good Times, Bad Times”. The collaboration was impressive considering its off-the-cuff nature. As Joel told the audience ahead of the two-song segment, this was the “first time we’ve ever tried this.” You can watch a crowd-shot video of the Billy Joel/Jason Bonham collaboration below:
Billy Joel w/ Jason Bonham – “Whole Lotta Love”, “Good Times, Bad Times”
[Video: Jack Hurst]
The show continued from there with a number of Joel favorites (and an Italian selection sung by DelGuidice) before wrapping up with a 5-song encore. The Piano Man wasn’t content with just two Zeppelin tunes, however, and surprised the crowd one more time by inserting a verse of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” into the show-closing “You May Be Right”.
Billy Joel’s next gig will see him return to Madison Square Garden to continue his record-setting monthly residency on June 2nd. For a full list of Joel’s upcoming dates, head here.
Next up for Jason Bonham is his highly-anticipated appearance with Umphrey’s McGee at Red Rocks on Sunday, June 23rd, where he’ll assist the band on a set of Zeppelin jams during their three-night run at the iconic outdoor venue. For a full list of Bonham’s upcoming performances, head here.
Setlist: Billy Joel | Citizens Bank Park | Philadelphia, PA | 5/24/19
Set: A Matter of Trust, Pressure, Vienna, The Entertainer, Don’t Ask Me Why, Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song), Goodnight Saigon, Allentown, New York State of Mind, Happy Birthday to You, My Life, She’s Always A Woman, Whole Lotta Love*, Good Times, Bad Times*, I Go To Extremes, Captain Jack^, Only The Good Die Young, The River of Dreams&, Nessun Dorma, Scenes From An Italian Restaurant, Piano Man
Encore: We Didn’t Start The Fire, Uptown Girl, It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me, Big Shot, You May Be Right#
*with Jason Bonham, Led Zeppelin cover
^First time played since 2017
&Included elements of “Dancing In The Street”
#Included a verse of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll”
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