Billy Joel

Live at Yankee Stadium [Video]

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Bill Joel's triumphant performance at New York's Yankee Stadium was filmed and released first on VHS and then later on DVD. The show was supposedly the first rock concert at the "house that Ruth built," and was recorded over two nights in June of 1990. Songs include "Storm Front," "I Go to Extremes," "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant," "New York State of Mind," "We Didn't Start the Fire," and, of course, "Piano Man." The 85-minute DVD includes a six-minute build-up to the show, which is a good set up, but not when it takes away what could have been at least one song from a paltry 12-song set. The DVD features a discography, but no interesting or rare extras. The concert itself was much longer, so to snip it to a length of half of one show for is unacceptable. The concert itself is filmed horribly, with headache-inducing jerky cuts and blurry photography. Some may find it completely unwatchable; the music is listenable, but there is simply not enough of it. A sad excuse for an official Bill Joel release. Avoid it unless you like migraines. Billy Joel fans beware: this DVD will let you down, no matter how much you want to like it.

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