tv KPIX 5 News at 11pm CBS December 29, 2013 10:30pm-11:01pm PST
announcer: ladies and gentlemen, 2005 kennedy center honoree tony bennett. ("new york state of mind" playing) we came of age with the legacy of the great american songbook, created by... george gershwin... jerome kern... the great cole porter... and interpreted by frank sinatra, ella fitzgerald, nat king cole, and then myself. (laughter) the whole world loves these songs. but times change, and there was an opening for another songbook.
enter billy joel. (applause) billy's an exciting performer who can move and electrify audiences. he does it singing the songs of billy joel. great songs on subjects from love to war, from triumph and to loss. and stories about ordinary people with extraordinary emotions. and he puts them to tunes that you can't get out of your head. what a thrill it was for me to perform with billy in front of 110,000 of our fellow new yorkers at shea stadium, singing his ♪ "new york state of mind." ♪ billy joel... (applause) (chuckles) wow. billy joel is no less than a poet, a performer, a philosopher and today's american songbook.
(applause) ♪ bennett: hicksville, long island. billy might have been the kid next door. joel: i knew i was not going to be a concert pianist. i just wanted to play music. ♪ you had to be a big shot, didn't ya ♪ bennett: he tried every style of music... and haircut. nine years of imitating other people, and he was going nowhere. he quit new york to hide out in l.a., and took a job at a piano bar. (piano playing) (harmonica playing) one night, he sat at his piano-- a painter at his easel-- creating a poignant world so real,
you could see it as you heard it. ♪ it's 9:00 on a saturday ♪ the regular crowd shuffles in ♪ ♪ there's an old man... bennett: so began his journey to set to paper a young man's hopes and heartaches. ♪ a bottle of white ♪ a bottle of red ♪ perhaps a bottle of rosé instead ♪ ♪ what's the matter with the clothes i'm wearing ♪ ♪ can't you tell that your tie's too wide? ♪ ♪ well, we're living here in allentown ♪ ♪ and they're closing all the factories down ♪ ♪ out in bethlehem, they're killing time ♪ ♪ tell her about it ♪ tell her everything you feel ♪ give her every reason
♪ to accept that you're for real ♪ bennett: his songs are born at his piano, but they burst into life on his stage. ♪ friday night, i crashed your party ♪ ♪ saturday, i said i'm sorry ♪ sunday came and trashed me out again ♪ dj: look out! billy joel! ♪ i've seen the lights go out on broadway ♪ ♪ i watched the mighty skyline fall ♪ bennett: he's our poet... and our pal. he's bigger than baseball. and he was the first rock musician invited to play in the soviet union. joel: the trip to russia was probably the biggest highlight as a performer.
i'd met these people, and they weren't the enemy. ♪ bennett: for billy, music was the language of friendship and trust. ♪ well, some folks like to get away ♪ ♪ take a holiday from the neighborhood ♪ bennett: he is the heartbeat of his generation, the heartbeat of his city. he's written its hymns and been there in new york's darkest hours. ♪ on the hudson river line his songs, the touchstones of our lives. ♪ i'm in a new york state of mind ♪
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how old is the oldest person you've known? we gave people a sticker and had them show us. we learned a lot of us have known someone who's lived well into their 90s. and that's a great thing. but even though we're living longer, one thing that hasn't changed much is the official retirement age. ♪ the question is how do you make sure you have the money you need to enjoy all of these years. (applause) man: one, two, three, four! ♪
announcer: ladies and gentlemen, from panic! at the disco, brendon urie. ♪ well, you went uptown riding in your limousine ♪ ♪ with your fine park avenue clothes ♪ ♪ you had the dom pérignon in your hand ♪ ♪ and a spoon up your nose ♪ ooh, and you wake up in the morning with your head on fire ♪ ♪ your eyes too bloody to see ♪ go on and cry in your coffee, but don't come bitching to me ♪ ♪ because you had to be a big shot ♪ ♪ didn't ya ♪ had to prove it to the crowd ♪ you had to be a big shot, didn't ya ♪ ♪ all your friends were so knocked out ♪ ♪ you had to have the last word last night ♪ ♪ so much fun to be around ♪ you had to have the front page, bold type ♪ ♪ had to be a big shot last night, whoa ♪
♪ oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh ♪ oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh ♪ ♪ well, it's no big sin to stick your two cents in ♪ ♪ if you know when to leave it alone ♪ ♪ but you went over the line ♪ you couldn't see it was time to go home ♪ ♪ no, no, no, no, no, no, no, you had to be a big shot ♪ ♪ didn't ya ♪ had to open up your mouth ♪ you had to be a big shot, didn't ya ♪ ♪ all your friends were so knocked out ♪ ♪ had to have the last word last night ♪ ♪ so much fun to be around ♪ you had to have the white-hot spotlight ♪ ♪ you had to be a big shot last night ♪ ♪ oh, oh ♪ oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh ♪ oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh ♪ (scatting)
♪ big shot! (song ends) (crowd cheering) announcer: ladies and gentlemen, don henley. ♪ ♪ she's got a way about her (applause) ♪ i don't know what it is ♪ but i know that i can't live without her ♪ ♪ she's got a way of pleasing ♪ mm, i don't know why it is ♪ but there doesn't have to be a reason ♪ ♪ anyway ♪ she's got a smile that heals me ♪
♪ don't know why it is ♪ but i have to laugh when she reveals me ♪ ♪ she's got a way of talking ♪ mm, i don't know why it is ♪ but it lifts me up when we are walking ♪ ♪ anywhere ♪ she moves to me when i'm feeling down ♪ ♪ inspires me without a sound ♪ she touches me ♪ i get turned around ♪ oh... oh ♪ she's got a smile that heals me ♪
♪ i don't know why it is ♪ but i have to laugh when she reveals me ♪ ♪ she's got a way about her ♪ mm, i don't know what it is ♪ but i know that i can't live without her ♪ ♪ anyway ♪ mm... (applause) announcer: ladies and gentlemen, garth brooks. (crowd cheering) ♪ well, we're living here in allentown ♪ ♪ and they're closing all the factories down ♪
♪ out in bethlehem, they're killing time ♪ ♪ filling out forms, standing in line ♪ ♪ well, our fathers fought the second world war ♪ ♪ spent their weekends on the jersey shore ♪ ♪ met our mothers in the uso ♪ asked them to dance ♪ danced with them slow ♪ and we're living here in allentown ♪ ♪ but the restlessness was handed down ♪ ♪ and it's getting pretty hard ♪ to stay... ♪ stay ♪ ♪ every child had a pretty good shot ♪ ♪ to get at least as far as their old man got ♪
♪ but something happened on the way to that place ♪ ♪ they threw an american flag in our face ♪ ♪ face ♪ oh, oh-oh ♪ and it's getting pretty hard ♪ to stay... ♪ ♪ and we're living here in allentown. ♪ (song ends) ("goodnight saigon" playing) ♪ we met as soul mates ♪ on parris island ♪ we left as inmates ♪ from an asylum ♪ and we were sharp ♪ as sharp as knives ♪ and we were so gung ho to lay down our lives ♪
♪ we had no cameras ♪ to shoot the landscape ♪ we passed the hash pipe ♪ and played our doors tapes ♪ and it was dark ♪ so dark at night, night, night, night, night ♪ ♪ they heard the hum of the motors ♪ ♪ they counted the rotors ♪ and they waited for us to arrive ♪ ♪ and we would all go down together ♪ ♪ we said we'd all go down together ♪ ♪ yes, we would all go down together ♪
announcer: ladies and gentlemen, rufus wainwright. ("new york state of mind" playing) ♪ some folks like to get away ♪ take a holiday from the neighborhood ♪ ♪ hop a flight to miami beach or to hollywood ♪ ♪ but i'm taking a greyhound ♪ on the hudson river line ♪ i'm in a new york state of mind ♪ ♪ it was so easy living day by day ♪
♪ out of touch with the rhythm and blues ♪ ♪ but now i need a little give and take ♪ ♪ the new york times ♪ the daily news ♪ it comes down to reality ♪ and it's fine with me 'cause i've let it slide ♪ ♪ don't care if it's chinatown or on riverside ♪ ♪ i don't have any reasons ♪ i've left them all behind ♪ i'm in a new york state of mind ♪
♪ i'm just taking that greyhound ♪ ♪ on the hudson river line ♪ i'm in a new york ♪ state of mind. ("piano man" playing) ♪ oh, oh, yeah ♪ ♪ sing us a song, you're the piano man ♪ ♪ sing us a song tonight ♪ 'cause we're all in the mood for a melody ♪ ♪ and you've got us feeling all right ♪ ♪ oh, oh, la, da-da, la-da-da ♪ ♪ la, da-da, la-di-da, ah, ah
all right, everybody, let's do it. here we go. ♪ sing us a song, you're the piano man ♪ ♪ sing us a song tonight ♪ for we're all in the mood for a melody ♪ ♪ you've got us feeling all right ♪ ♪ sing us a song, you're the piano man ♪ ♪ sing us a song tonight ♪ 'cause we're all in the mood for a melody ♪ ♪ and you've got us feeling all right ♪ ♪ you've got us feeling all right... ♪ ♪ sing us a song ♪ ♪ sing us a song ♪ sing us a song ♪ you're the piano man. (song ends)
announcer: travel provided by delta, the official airline of the kennedy center honors. so now it's time to bring down the curtain. tonight's celebration has come to an end. but for our honorees, for you, the show will always go on. you have graced our stages, you have graced our lives, you have graced our history. now it's time for you to take another bow and for us to show our gratitude. (applause) ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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