It's a no-brainer that Billy Joel has an obvious appeal to the geriatric crowd. After all, here's a guy who has penned his fair share of ballads, with songs such as "New York State of Mind" and "Piano Man" providing fodder for many a lounge crooner's repertoire. But anyone who has seen him in concert especially last year's two-night stint at Broward's BankAtlantic Center, knows that this sometime-South Florida resident is equally prone to rawk. This shouldn't be surprising considering that Joel got started with '60s rock outfit the Hassels and eventually created the psychedelic heavy-metal duo Attila. So don't even try to pigeonhole this 40-year industry veteran, because his trick bag runs deep. And given his ample catalog boasting nearly three dozen Top Ten hits he has plenty of harder-hitting material to tap into "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," "Big Shot," and "You May Be Right" chief among them. By the way, this is the second chance to catch him locally this month; among other distinctions, he just became the only artist asked to sing the national anthem a second time at the Super Bowl. Talk about a big shot!
Billy Joel performs Monday, February 12, at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $51.50 and $87. Call Ticketmaster at 954-523-3309 or 561-966-3309.