Billy Joel made his first ever stop in Quebec City on Friday, July 11, performing a headline show at Quebec City Summer Festival. Fans and festival goers who missed the six-time Grammy winner's dazzling display at FEQ's Bell Stage on the historic Plains of Abraham last night can get a taste of what they missed through a newly posted video footage.
Festival d’été de Québec has posted video footage on July 12 of the multi-Platinum selling singer-songwriter weaving his magic on his hit "Piano Man." The 2:32 minute captures the 65-year-old native New Yorker as he enters the stage area and performs his 1973 classic breakout single as tens of thousand of fans wave their cellphones in the air and sing along.
Joel performed a hefty 23-song setlist that touched on the length and breadth of his massive back catalogue of hits, which spans over four decades. Along with the numerous obligatory greatest hits such as "Uptown Girl," "Only the Good Die Young" "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me" and "You May Be Right," the veteran performer also energized the crowd by covering rockers such as a AC/DC's "Highway To Hell" and The Beatle's pop classic "A Hard Days Night."
In an eclectic pairing, pioneer punk/new wavers Blondie opened the evening, swaggering through a 15-song set. Led by iconic Debbie Harry, the band captured the crowd with classic hits like "The Tide Is High," "One Way Or Another" and "Call Me."
FEQ kicked off its 11-day run on July 3 and has been featuring a diverse set of big name acts like Lady Gaga, Journey, Snoop Dog, Deadmau5, The Killers and The Queens of the Stone Age. Headliners still scheduled to perform include: Bryan Adams, Soundgarden, Pretty Reckless and Third Eye Blind..
FEQ offers over 300 performances in 10 unique indoor and outdoor venues over the course of 11 days from July 3 - July 13. A limited amount of festival passes at $78.00, which give access to all venues and shows on all 11 days, are still available. Day passes priced at $50.00 will be available only after all festival passes have sold out. For daily schedules, pass information and full line up details, see Infofestival.com.