Billy Joel Welcomes Zac Brown, Covers Neil Diamond at Fenway Park
Billy Joel headlined Fenway Park last night and brought out some special guests. First, Joel welcomed 13-year old Emma Stanganelli of Salem, NH who sang a re-worked version of his original “New York State of Mind” to fit the hometown crowd. Stanganelli recorded Pat Garrett’s “Boston State of Mind” last year to raise awareness of the One Fund Boston Campaign.
Towards the end of the night, Joel welcomed out Zac Brown, who will perform at the famed ballpark this weekend with his band. Brown, who plays a cover of Joel’s “Piano Man” at his shows nowadays, jumped on stage for “You May Be Right” in the encore before “Only the Good Die Young” closed the show.
Additional notes from the show include a staple cover of “Sweet Caroline,” which is played in the middle of the eighth inning at every Red Sox home game. Joel also delivered ballpark staples “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and worked in a snippet of Jimmy Buffet’s “Volcano” in “Don’t Ask Me Why.”