EP 057 – Concert Classics: Kirin Dry Gigs ’88 – Tokyo, Japan

With the appearance of the Kirin Dry Gigs from 1988 appearing on YouTube earlier this year, a long-lost footnote in Billy Joel history has finally resurfaced. 

This one-off gig in Japan finds Billy performing with just one member of his longtime touring band. They’re joined by players who performed on other tours in the 80s, musicians who would go on to tour with Billy in support of Storm Front, and a few guests who would only share the stage this one time. 

That combination of musicians makes BIlly’s only major concert appearance from this year a unique and intriguing listen. The arrangements stay close to the Bridge tour and Russia shows, but streamline in places and stray in others. 

And, the discerning ear may even notice a mistake or two from the temporary ensemble. 

Join us, as we dig deep into BIlly’s show at the Tokyo Domein Japan on July 24, 1988.

Date: July 14, 1988
City/Country: Tokyo, Japan
Venue: Tokyo Dome
Event/Festival: Kirin Dry Gigs ’88

The band:

  • Billy Joel – Vocals, Piano, Keyboards, Guitar
  • Liberty DeVitto – Drums
  • David Lebolt – Keyboards
  • Schuyler Deale – Bass
  • Peter Hewlett – Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
  • John McCurry – Lead Guitar
  • Eric Bazilian – Saxophone

The Setlist:

  1. A Matter of Trust
  2. Pressure
  3. Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)
  4. Honesty
  5. The Stranger
  6. An Innocent Man
  7. Big Man On Mulberry Street
  8. Only The Good Die Young
  9. It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me
  10. You May Be Right
  11. Big Shot
  12. My Life
  13. Keeping The Fatih
  14. Back In The U.S.S.R.
  15. I Saw Her Standing There


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