Billy Joel hits Comerica Park with cameo from Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott

In 2022, Billy Joel is an old pro. His chops are second nature, his routines so well-rehearsed they can almost seem spontaneous, his music catalog so extensive that Saturday night’s Detroit concert could have been a four-hour marathon with songs to spare.

And based on the evidence at Comerica Park, where he finally dispatched with one of the most-awaited concert dates delayed by the pandemic, he still gets a real kick out of it all.

So did the multigenerational fans who packed the sold-out ballpark, 37,000 strong, treated to a crowd-pleasing show full of Las Vegas polish and Long Island moxie from the piano-pop maestro.

Taking the stage with his eight-piece band – right at 9 o’clock on a Saturday – Joel headed to his Steinway grand piano for a buoyant “My Life,” launching a set that for 135 minutes had the concrete of downtown Detroit reverberating with one of the most successful bodies of work in American pop music.

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