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Great Performances: Kevin Spacey And Friends Perform With Billy Joel

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Billy Joel is someone I consider to be a musical idol of mine. He is the only popular music artist that I've seen at a live concert more than once. His music permeated my youth and continues to inspire and entertain in adulthood. He recently was honored as the sixth recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. He joins the likes of Paul Simon, Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Paul McCartney, and Stevie Wonder.


This video is of the grand finale performance with a number of the performers returning to the stage to sing Billy's seminal closing number "Piano Man". Kevin Spacey takes center stage, playing the harmonica solo with aplomb, while fellow performers Boyz II Men, Natalie Maines, Josh Groban, Gavin DeGraw, Tony Bennett, LeAnn Rimes and Michael Feinstein trade stanzas with Billy Joel as he plays piano.


Kevin Spacey yet again proves that he is not only a consummate performer, but also a gracious and down-to-earth person. The performance, while a bit raw around the edges, is filled with a spirit of sharing. Cuts to audience members singing along and the entire crowd swaying together demonstrate what anyone who has ever been to a Billy Joel has experienced, a legacy of song that invites each of us to share in the story.


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