Consider this the blog version of “the dog ate my homework”. The blogger-in-chief was out too late with the nice people from Verizon at the Billy Joel show in Washington last night at the Verizon Center (formerly MCI Arena). Joel is a great entertainer and didn’t disappoint during his two-hour show, drawing on his full discography. He played a lot of the very old stuff, even opening with “Angry Young Man” from the Turnstiles CD. He even played “Everybody Loves You Now”, a tune from Cold Spring Harbor, his first and little-known album. He included material from mostly all his albums, including Streetlife Serenade, Piano Man, and The Stranger. His song list included (not in this order) “Zanzibar”, “Only the Good Die Young”, “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”, “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me”, “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, “Captain Jack”, “The Entertainer”, the classic “New York State of Mind” (also from Turnstiles), “Movin’ Out”, “She’s Always a Woman”, “My Life”, “You May Be Right”, “Don’t Ask Me Why”, “Allentown”, “Pressure”, Goodnight Saigon” (sung with a cadre of veterans on the stage, who received a rousing, prolonged standing ovation from the crowd), “Innocent Man”, “Keeping the Faith”, “In the Middle of the Night”, “The Downeaster ‘Alexa'”, and “Big Shot”. He closed, of course, with “Piano Man”. Wonder how many times he’s played that tune? The crowd almost drowned him out with their singing and he went with it, letting them sing the chorus. he was backed by a pretty good band and just put on a great show. He ended with the same line he always ends with. Anybody know what that is?
We’ll get some sleep and write something pithy for tomorrow, we promise.
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