William Joseph Martin Joel

Last night, we had the great fortune of going to Billy Joel’s sold out show, the first for his new tour. It was AMAZING! He opened with “Piano Man” and sang for two and a half hours non-stop. He included a lot of his early work from “Turnstiles”, “52nd Street”, “the Stranger”, “The Nylon Curtain” and “The Bridge”, and included a few of his major hits like “New York State of Mind”, “I go to Extremes”, “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, “You May be Right”, and “Allentown”. There were more, I just can’t remember them all. The last three songs were “Only the Good Die Young”, “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”, and Famous Last Words”. As I sat there, I realized that I can’t really pick a few favorites, much less one. They are all incredible songs.
This is the fourth time I see this wonderful showman. I’ve seen him twice with Elton John (INCREDIBLE CONCERTS!) and twice on solo tours. The man is amazing! I would say he’s gotten better with age. He may not have the falsetto of his early days, but his voice is still clear and crisp, and he engages the audience. If I could, I’d go see him next week when he returns for a second show!
Here are a few shots I was able to take, using quite a clever technique with the zoom on my camera and my binoculars. Sorry they are so grainy, but we were pretty high up. And here’s the review of the concert from the Miami Herald.
the Piano Man doing what he does best…
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Playing the guitar during “We Didn’t Start the Fire”
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Waving Brenda and Eddie goodbye during “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”
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Accepting the audience’s standing ovation.

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