Just in case having a two-part Beatles tribute on “Glee” was not enough for you, try this on for size: The show is getting ready on November 21 (just a week before Thanksgiving) to also tribute one of the other most-popular singers of all time in Billy Joel.
The “Just the Way You Are” performer confirmed the news today on his official website, and it also included a song list featuring the following tunes: “Piano Man,” “Movin’ Out,” “Honesty,” “My Life,” “An Innocent Man,” and “Just the Way You Are.” It’s a small song list compared to some past tributes, but maybe “Glee” has to an extent learned from their other tributes over the years in that most of them tend to be a little too over-stuffed with music to the point where almost nothing else at all shines through.
There are still two major questions that we have after seeing some of these songs:
1. Hasn’t “Glee” already covered “Piano Man” once before? It was all the way back in the first season, when Neil Patrick Harris and Matthew Morrison did the song. Have we already gotten to the point where the show is going to do the same songs multiple times, and they just don’t care anymore?
2. We’re a little surprised that “New York State of Mind” is not on the list, given that it is one of Billy’s most-iconic songs, and that it seems appropriate for Rachel Berry or many of the other characters to actually cover. How can you have a Billy Joel episode and not have “New York State of Mind”?
This could be a pretty cool episode, but it is ultimately going to depend on one thing: Whether or not there is some sort of story to actually go along with the music.
What do you think about the idea of “Glee” doing a tribute to Billy Joel? Be sure to share some of your thoughts below! Meanwhile, click here if you want to see a little bit more news on the Cory Monteith tribute via Lea Michele.
Update: As a commenter notes, Rachel and Marley did “New York State of Mind” last year during the premiere, but let us say this: Why are you going to repeat “Piano Man” and not it? It still seems selective / strange to even have a Joel theme at all.