Billy Joel Honors Dusty Hill on Return to Stage

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Billy Joel and guitarist Mike Delguidice perform “Tush” at Boston’s Fenway Park, August 4, 2021

Billy Joel paid tribute to ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill when he returned to the stage on August 4, 2021. The Piano Man’s performance at Boston’s Fenway Park was his first full-length concert since March 6, 2020. The 24-song set included such classic rock favorites as “You May Be Right,” “Uptown Girl,” and “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant.”

Fourteen songs in, Joel and his band started playing “The River of Dreams.” Halfway through, guitarist Mike Delguidice started the familiar chords of ZZ Top’s 1975 favorite “Tush,” as the lyrics “I get up, I get down…” began, with the crowd cheering enthusiastically. Watch it below.

Joel often combines “The River of Dreams” with another classic rock song including Eagles’ “Take it Easy” and the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night.”

For years, Joel has scaled back his live performance schedule, playing a monthly show at New York’s Madison Square Garden while usually performing one other concert each month elsewhere. He has shows in Buffalo, Cincinnati and Austin before he finally resumes his MSG residency on November 5.

Related: Looking back at Joel’s historic MSG residency and surprise guests

Watch Joel and his band perform “The River of Dreams” and “Tush” at Fenway Park

Billy Joel 2021-22 Concert Dates (Tickets are available here and here)

Aug 14 – Buffalo, NY – Highmark Stadium (rescheduled from Aug. 15, 2020)
Sep 10 – Cincinnati, OH – Great American Ball Park (rescheduled from Sep. 11, 2020)
Oct 23 – Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Super Stage
Nov 05 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from Sep 26 – was originally Mar. 19)
Dec 20 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from Oct 11 – was originally Apr. 10)
Jan 14, 2022 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from Nov 13 – was originally May 2)
Feb 12, 2022 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from Dec 20 – was originally June 6)
Mar 24, 2022 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from Jan 13, 2021 – was originally July 23, 2020)
Apr 08, 2022 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from Feb 3, 2021 – was originally Aug. 3, 2020)
Apr 23, 2022 – Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Stadium (rescheduled from Apr 18, 2020)
Jun 25, 2022 – South Bend, IN – Notre Dame Stadium (rescheduled from June 20, 2020)
Jul 09, 2022 – Detroit, MI – Comerica Park (rescheduled from July 10, 2020)

Watch the Fenway Park finale, “Piano Man”

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