, 2022-12-22 10:56:56,
Rising young punk bands, and two alternative-rock titans, turned in some of the finest Pittsburgh concerts of 2022.
Though a 73-year-old piano player delivered the show-of-the-year, in my opinion.
Can’t say I saw them all, but among the dozens of nationally touring headliners I reviewed these past 12 months, I’d rank these 10 concerts as simply the best.
- Billy Joel, Aug. 11, PNC Park.
“I don’t have anything new … We’re gonna do some old (stuff),” The Piano Man said two songs into a 135-minute set of ’70s and ’80s hits and gems performed pretty close to flawlessly. Joel’s voice sounded great, distinct, and full of range, and he kept the lively banter and jokes a-coming. He nimbly tickled the ivories of his slowly revolving piano, while band members like saxophonist Mark Rivera, organist Dave Rosenthal and horn player Carl Fischer added zesty seasoning at ideal volumes. Joel evoked just the right amount of crowd participation.
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2 Idles, Sept. 13, Stage AE.
Intense, unpredictable and utterly exhilarating, British post-punk quintet Idles championed the working class and called out fascists, led by dynamic singer Joe Talbot. The beats made bodies move. Guitarist Lee Kiernan crowd-surfed while soloing. Fellow guitarist, Christina Maynard, filling in for Mark Bowen back home for the birth of his baby, played well, too, and joined in the crowd surfing, which couldn’t have been easy in her asymmetrical cut dress. At one thrilling point,…
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