Billy Joel Dusts Off Rolling Stones Covers In Cincinnati

Watch partial covers of "Brown Sugar" and "Honky Tonk Women" from Friday's concert.

By Scott Bernstein Sep 13, 2021 9:50 am PDT

Billy Joel paid tribute to Charlie Watts on Friday in Cincinnati during his first show since The Rolling Stones drummer died. Joel and his band busted out a partial cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” towards the end of their concert at Great American Ball Park after performing a bit of “Honky Tonk Women” during their main set.

Saxophonist Mark Rivera led the ensemble on what was their first “Brown Sugar” since February 10, 2017 as per Setlist.FM. “That’s for Charlie,” Billy Joel exclaimed at the end of the song. The Rolling Stones originally released “Brown Sugar” as the lead single of their 1971 album Sticky Fingers.

“Brown Sugar” came after Billy Joel began his encore with beloved hits “We Didn’t Start The Fire,” “Uptown Girl” and “It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me.” Joel went on to end the night with “Big Shot” and “You May Be Right.” A poignant moment took place during the main set, when the Piano Man dedicated “New York State Of Mind” to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack one night before the 20th anniversary. Billy also worked a “Honky Tonk Women” interlude into “The River Of Dreams” in the main set.

Watch Billy Joel’s “Brown Sugar” and “Honky Tonk Women” covers captured by Eric Bassham:

Brown Sugar


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Honky Tonk Women


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Setlist

Billy Joel at Great American Ball Park

  • The Natural (The End Title)  
  • Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
  • Pressure
  • The Entertainer
  • Vienna  
  • Zanzibar
  • Don't Ask Me Why
  • A Whiter Shade of Pale  
  • The Downeaster Alexa  
  • New York State of Mind  
  • Allentown
  • Say Goodbye to Hollywood  
  • She's Always a Woman
  • My Life
  • Only the Good Die Young
  • Sometimes a Fantasy
  • The River of Dreams  
  • Nessun dorma  
  • Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
  • Piano Man
Encore
  • We Didn't Start the Fire
  • Uptown Girl
  • It's Still Rock and Roll to Me
  • Brown Sugar  
  • Big Shot
  • You May Be Right  
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