Billy Joel takes the stage at Lambeau Field

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ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WBAY) — Outside Lambeau Field this weekend, it feels like Packers season started early.

Around 4,500 fans camped out in Lambeau’s parking lot Saturday afternoon, tailgating ahead of Billy Joel concert.

Around 4 o’clock fans started setting up shop, where they could be heard cranking Joel’s greatest hits, doing their best impressions of the star, and of course grilling and cracking open a few cold drinks.

Ahead of the concert, many fans gushed that the event was bringing together two of everyone’s favorite things: Billy Joel and the historic Green Bay Packers.

“Just a little pregame, I guess ‘pregame’ celebration,” says Patrick Boomer of Green Bay. “Getting a little tuned up for Packers season, but also getting tuned up for the concert.”

“You can’t beat the atmosphere,” says Rob Mckindles of Suamico. “Whether it’s a packers game or a concert, but it’s all about the ambiance with the packers stadium. With the fans that are here, they’re packers fans. And billy Joel fans. And it’s all good.”

Fans headed into Lambeau Field around 6:30. Joel’s opening act, Andrwe McMahon in the Wilderness took the stage around 8:00, and finally the Piano Man himself took the stage just before 9:00.

“He’s amazing live, lots of energy,” says Billy Joel fan Aaron Zitzelsberger. “I can only hope that I have that much energy when I’m his age.”

For those seeing Joel perform live for the first time, it was a nice to remember.

“It’s all our first time getting to see him,” says Mckindles. “And it’s kind of like a bucket list thing for us. So we’re really excited about it”

Even the chance of rain and thunderstorms couldn’t stop the party.

“Rain coats,” Debbie Follett of Winneconne explains. “We were Girl Scouts. We came prepared.”

Saturday’s concert marks the first show at Lambeau Field since Kenny Chesney performed there back in 2015. •