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Seems like it’s been forever since I’ve posted a review. I’ve been busy working out of town and haven’t been able to see as much in the last 2 months.
I had never seen Billy Joel before but have loved him since I was a kid, especially The Stranger album. Great one from front to back. I was surprised whe I read up on his current band lineup that he has both Chuck Burgi and David Rosenthal playing drums and keyboards, respectively. They were both on my favorite Rainbow album, Bent Out of Shape. I sent a message to Chuck a week before the show to see if maybe we could meet and have him sign my Rainbow stuff, but never heard back. Worth a shot, eh?
We had seats behind the stage and while we had a great view of Billy, I could only see Chuck’s cymbals, which was a bummer. He sounded great though. The entire band was great and especially Billy’s vocals. I didn’t expect him to hit some of the notes he hit and to still sing so clearly.
He was pretty jovial with the crowd and in three spots, the crowd would get to decide on which song would be played next. He’d offer up 2 songs and the one with the loudest applause got played. He also played a bunch of snippets of Texas artists like ZZ Top, Buddy Holly and Janis Joplin. They also did Highway to Hell with one of the roadies on vocals and Billy played rhythm guitar. He played it in a couple of songs.
Overall the show was great and highlights were all 5 songs from The Stranger (unfortunately he didn’t play the title track), Sometimes a Fantasy which I hadn’t though about in 20 years, Vienna, Miami 2017, and The Ballad of Billy the Kid.
Heart played to a sold out crowd last night in Austin at my favorite venue, The Moody Theater at ACL Live.
It was a good set but seemed to be over as fast as it had begun. The Wilson sisters sounded great and the backing band was flawless. It was a nice surprise to hear Mistral Wind from Dog and Butterfly. Easily the highlight of the show for me. Having seen the setlist from a few nights before, I knew that they were going to play 3 Led Zeppelin songs as their encore and I had no interest in that, so we left just as No Quarter had started.
Throughout the show I couldn’t help but think about my Aunt Dianne who died earlier this year. She and her sister, my Aunt Debbie, were big Heart fans and the trips to Pennsylvania sitting in Grandma’s listening to their Heart records with my cousins are some really special memories.
Short set for that price and I’m not sure I’d go see them again to be honest unless they started doing full album shows. I’d love to see them do all of Dog and Butterfly or Dreamboat Annie.