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Billy Joel Concert Review, San Antonio, TX, December 9, 2016

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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.

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December 14, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Everyone goes south every now and and then…

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I remember hearing Billy Joel’s The Stranger probably a year or 2 after it came out, maybe even a little later. The title track is such a great tune. Some pretty deep lyrics and some of which hit home to me every couple of years when I get off my normal path.

Well we all have a face
That we hide away forever
And we take them out and show ourselves
When everyone has gone
Some are satin, some are steel
Some are silk and some are leather
They’re the faces of the stranger
But we love to try them on

I’m not a huge Billy Joel fan but this album has stuck with me for a lot of years. Lots of familiars on there Movin’ Out, Just The Way You Are, Only The Good Die Young and She’s Always A Woman. But it’s songs like The Stranger and Scenes From An Italian Restaurant that really set Billy above a lot of the other singer/songwriters of that era. Plus he had such a badass band. C’mon, his drummer’s name is Liberty Devito, how can you go wrong?

Here’s a vid from the recently released 30th Anniversary box set. I went to Encore Music to buy some metal and saw this set and flipped out.

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August 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm