Music legend Billy Joel can still command a crowd.
On Monday’s “Pat & Stu,” the guys expressed their amazement that the “Piano Man” singer is going strong nearly 24 years after his final rock album, “River of Dreams.” Madison Square Garden announced last week that Joel will play a record-breaking 46th show in October.
Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere thought Joel would likely sell out shows for the rest of his life despite the fact that he hasn’t had a new rock album since 1993.
“Isn’t that amazing?” Pat Gray asked. “So he gets essentially 20,000 people every month and fills up Madison Square Garden with it and he’s gonna continue to do it until he doesn’t fill it …”
“Or he dies,” noted Stu. “I think that would be more likely.”
The sixth-best-selling musician of all time, Joel relies on his beloved hits for concerts rather than new material, something that guarantees a good show for fans. Kyle Smith of National Review noted last week that U2 and Bruce Springsteen are similarly reorganizing their shows around beloved hit songs that their fans will recognize instead of less accessible new material.