Saturday, March 25, 2017

Music: Billy Joel

On Friday night the Wife and I drove down to Lincoln, NE to see Billy Joel in concert.  It was a rainy drive but it was worth it.

There was no warm up act and Billy Joel came on stage shortly after 8:00 PM.  From there it was pretty much non-stop entertainment of the highest caliber.  He interacted with the audience, kept the mood light and full of humor.  Our tickets were up in the nosebleed section and we were beside the stage.  This wasn't too bad since the piano was set up so he was facing us.  To make it better for the audience, the piano was on a turntable so he would spin the piano around ever so often so everyone got a good look at him playing.

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The Billy Joel stage in blue.
Early on he offered the audience a choice of songs which was interesting.  He then did something unexpected.  He let various members of his band perform their own songs.  Guitarist Mike Delguidice gave a great operatic performance of Puccini's "Nessun Dorma".  Another guitarist, Tommy Byrnes, performed a rockin' rendition of "Johnny B. Goode" as a tribute to Chuck Berry.  And kicking off these band performances, guitar roadie "Chainsaw" did an awesome cover of ACDC's "Highway to Hell" (with Billy Joel on guitar).

The rest of the night was all Billy Joel and it was incredible.  The only thing I hoped for, but didn't get, was new verses of "We Didn't Start the Fire" but that is probably for the better.  It was nice to have a couple hours away from politics and the Appalachian Trail and I left the concert a little bit renewed.

Photos of the concert can bee seen in my Billy Joel 2017 Flickr album.

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