Need A Billy Joel Fix?
I woke up this morning to the Facebook posts of quite a few of my friends at the Billy Joel concert at Target Field in Minneapolis last night. I immediately regretted being such a tightwad and not shelling out the few bucks for tickets to the show. I've been a Billy Joel fan since his first hit, "Piano Man," in 1973. I've enjoyed his music over the years but have never seen him perform live in concert.
From the reviews I've read in the various newspapers and what I've seen online it sounds like Joel really amped up the energy last night and put on one helluva show. According to the Pioneer Press website, TwinCities.com, he was joined by Guns 'N Roses lead singer, Axl Rose, (sorry, Axl, you can sing with AC/DC all you want, I'll never refer to you as AC/DC lead singer) twice. The first time Joel strapped on a guitar and joined Rose for a raucous version of "Highway to Hell." Rose rejoined Joel during "Big Shot" in the encore. Rose is, more than likely, in town for this Sunday's Guns 'N' Roses performance at US Bank Stadium.
Okay, the main thrust of this story is that after seeing all these posts from people I know that were able to go to the show last night, I now have Billy Joel music stuck in my head. So I'm going to perform a little musical exorcism and get some of it out. Enjoy:
This single made it to No. 17 on the Hot 100.
This single made it to No. 14 on the Hot 100.
The last single from Glass Houses went to No. 36 on the Hot 100.
Even though this wasn't released as a single, I love this version from Songs in the Attic.
Another song from Songs in the Attic that was never a single but I really like. In fact, the whole Songs in the Attic album is my favorite Billy Joel release.
This one was a No. 17 hit on the Hot 100.
This is my favorite Billy Joel song by far. Sung from the point of view of a young Marine fighting in Vietnam. It made it to No. 56 on the Hot 100.
From Glass Houses, this single went to No. 7 on the Hot 100.
No. 10 on the Hot 100.
This one shot to No. 6 on the Hot 100 and No. 4 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.