BILLY JOEL AND VAN HALEN EACH PERFORM FIRST SETS OF 2013
This weekend the inaugural Stone Music Festival took place at the gigantic ANZ Stadium in
Sydney, Australia. Van
Halen headlined the festivities on Saturday night, while Billy Joel
did the honors on Sunday night. For each of the legendary acts it marked their first
public set of 2013.
Van Halen hadn't played since a June 26th, 2012 performance in New Orleans. On Saturday
night they delivered a 20-song, 90-minute set that was heavy on their pre-Sammy
Hagar hits such as "Runnin' With The Devil," "Hot For Teacher," "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love"
and "Jump." All four members of the band took the stage wearing matching outfits, though
lead singer David Lee Roth changed by the time the show was over.
Fan-shot video of "Jump" and "Unchained" has surfaced:
As for Joel, who has mentioned multiple times that he was using the Sydney gig to see
whether he wants to keep performing, he also delivered a career-spanning set that only
included a few deeper cuts. The Piano Man also treated fans to a cover of "Highway To
Hell" by Australian icons AC/DC that was sung by Jon Stevens.
Check out the setlist from Billy Joel's Sydney set: