Billy Joel Lets His Long Island Roots Shine Through

Jan 19th, 2009 // 4 Comments

It probably shouldn’t be too surprising that Billy Joel took some time out of a recent show to pay tribute to AC/DC—after all, the two artists have been sharing playlist space on the Long Island rock-radio bastion WBAB for some time—but, well, I was shocked by the headline “Billy Joel covers AC/DC” when I scrolled past it earlier this afternoon. After the jump, video of this semi-momentous event. (I should note here that Joel’s roadie took the vocal duties while he played rhythm guitar, and according to Blabbermouth this is actually the second time this happened in his long live-music career—the first time, in 2002, the Piano Man was joined by Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams.) Is this cover the result of some synergistic impulses between members of the Sony Music family, or is this little air-kiss to hard rock an oblique sign that a reissue of the Attila album is coming soon?

Billy Joel plays AC/DC’s Highway to Hell [YouTube via Blabbermouth]


  1. Anonymous

    I LOVE the Attila LP!!!

  2. Anonymous

    Is there a Billy set list site somewhere? I was at a Billy Joel show that he played in Vegas a year ago during the WSA Show (footwear trade show). It was a benefit for the Souls4Souls Chariy and he did this exact cover – Highway to Hell with the roadie singing. It appeared to be a pretty standard part of his set and I’d be surprised if he has played it as rarely as you think.

  3. Anonymous

    Yeah, Billy’s been doing this in almost every show for quite a while now.

  4. Maura Johnston

    @bbernardini: he didn’t do it at shea!

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