Billy Joel II


MSG Panorama

Yes, two posts in a row about Billy Joel because he’s that important.  This one will include a semi-review of the concert last night though, so it’s better.  Check it out, complete with pictures and video after the click, or whatever:

The show was scheduled to start at 8:00pm, but he didn’t come out until 8:30.  I’m sorry, I will never understand this show business mentality of starting concerts late.  It’s rude.  But whatever, I’m not here to complain about that.  I’m here to review, sorta.  At 8:30, the lights dimmed, and the band started playing, it was a faster song, and as soon as you saw Billy jog to the front of the stage with a guitar in hand I knew what the song was.  The Greatest song of all time.  And I have recorded it for you below:

I’ll credit it to it being the first song he performed for the evening, but his voice was a little off for that one.  But it could be because I have every word phrase and pause of that song memorized, so I’m a harsh critic.  As the show went on longer, his voice got better and more like what you would expect.

I can’t remember the exact set list, I’m not a dedicated person who wrote down each and every song, I just don’t care enough, but some of the ones I remember, in no particular order:

  • Allentown
  • Pressure
  • The Entertainer
  • The Downeaster “Alexa”
  • River of Dreams
  • Zanzibar
  • New York State of Mind
  • Vienna
  • Sometimes a Fantasy
  • She’s Always a Woman
  • Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
  • Piano Man
  • Big Shot
  • My Life
  • It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me
  • Only the Good Die Young

I know I’m missing some, but like I said, I don’t really care, and neither do you.  I recorded a part of Vienna, you can see it below:

Jimmy Fallon came out for a song or two in the middle of the show, they did Start Me Up, that I remember.  Jimmy came out in the encore also and did 2 songs, I can’t remember which ones they were.  He has a good voice but his energy is just way more then Billy Joel’s, that’s easy to see.  It was fun though, he came out in a Rangers Sweater with Joel 25 on the back since it was Billy Joel’s 25th show in his MSG residency.  That was neat.

Billy Joel concert

Overall I’d say the show was very well done, it seemed like Billy Joel was having fun and enjoying himself, and really that’s what it’s all about.  It was nice hearing some of the non single songs played in the middle of the show.  I wish he had chosen a few different ones, but hey it’s his show.  I’ll have to go to another one to see how he changes it up.  He kept the big singles for the encore.  That was nice because it allowed us to sit back and enjoy the show and the few stories he told about the less popular songs.  Then at the end we were all on our feet singing along to the classics.

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