Last night I went to the much-anticipated Billy Joel concert in Orlando at the Amway Arena. I’ve been blogging for months about it, so I’m sure you all are glad it’s over so I’ll stop talking about it! ♥
Anyway, the concert was absolutely amazing and inspiring. The traffic to get there, however, was not. I left at 6:45pm; the show was at 8pm. The traffic on I-4 was so terrible – I sat in stopped traffic in the last quarter mile for 45 minutes. That made me twenty minutes late for the show. Luckily, I found my seat. It was pretty shitty, yes, because I only paid $100 for my ticket (plus service charge). When the usher was helping me to my seat, he asked “You came by yourself? That’s pretty cool.” Hah, whatev!
So when I sat down, the seat was next to a very attractive boy with black sxene glasses. I leaned over said, “Man these seats are pretty shitty!” He replied that he bought his tickets a couple weeks ago. Unfair! I got mine the day they went on sale! Bitches. And five seconds later, Billy Joel said that the seats behind the stage were “shitty seats.” What happened was the show sold out and the venue decided to open up the section behind the stage, which in turn, sold out as well. Unfortunately, this couple showed up and said we were in their seats. I was actually the row in front of them, so I had to move. DAMN.
Billy was quite an entertainer, he was funny and amazing on stage. He was commenting about his hair, in which he said “It’s not about getting less hair, it’s about getting more head.” Bestill my heart! he also joked that he had to go on tour because his “Car insurance is really high now.” His voice sounds much like on the records even though he is fifty-seven now. His speaking voice is really sexy, too. Really sexy!
Here are the songs he performed (that I could remember)! Click on the numbers next to them to hear audio clips I took from the show.
Piano Man (1973)
nbsp; nbsp; Piano Man: 1
Streetlife Serenade (1974)
nbsp; nbsp; The Entertainer
52nd Street (1978)
nbsp; nbsp; Big Shot
nbsp; nbsp; My Life
nbsp; nbsp; Zanzibar
Glass Houses (1980)
nbsp; nbsp; You May Be Right
nbsp; nbsp; Don’t Ask Me Why
nbsp; nbsp; It’s Still Rock ‘n Roll to Me
Nylon Curtain (1982)
nbsp; nbsp; Allentown
An Innocent Man (1983)
nbsp; nbsp; An Innocent Man
nbsp; nbsp; Tell Her About It
Storm Front (1989)
nbsp; nbsp; We Didn’t Start the Fire: 1
River of Dreams (1993)
nbsp; nbsp; In the Middle of the Night
… as a bonus, they performed “Highway to Hell”. Their roadie sang it & Billy played guitar. Listen to him introduce the singer here.
And since you all are just dying to know, my five favorite Billy songs are as follows ( he played three of them!):
nbsp; nbsp; Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
nbsp; nbsp; All for Leyna
nbsp; nbsp; Vienna
nbsp; nbsp; New York State of Mind
nbsp; nbsp; Zanzibar
During the show, he asked if the crowd wanted to hear “Vienna” or “Summer, Highland Falls.” I wanted “Vienna” because it’s very inspiring to me, but we can’t always get what we want! … speaking of inspiring, the piano solos were absolutely amazing. I’ve studied his music and theory since about 1997 when my piano instructor introduced the rock-style of playing through “It’s Still Rock ‘n Roll to Me.” People actually left before hearing “Piano Man,” which of course, was his last song. Overall, this was probably the most extraordinary show I’ve ever been to, right in front of Andre Rieu. You do get what you pay for when it comes to mainstream music shows. I took some photos with my still camera, so I’ll post those when I get them developed.
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want to will marry Billy Joel. Then he can write fueled music when we get divorced.
After the show, I met my friend Joe downtown because he had been to a show at The Social (where I was for the Less Than Jake show with Punk Rock Boy on Wednesday). It took about 45 minutes to get out of the parking lot, parked and downtown (about a quarter mile away). I love Orlando! Ha! Anyway, it was 80s/Gawf night at I-Bar & Joe had never been there before. I think he really liked it; he is one of those guys that turn their nose up at dancing, so this bar is a little different. I got him to dance with me a few times, because I’m awesome! Also, in a glorious chance of events, da I-Bar crew I went with when my sister was here (Bentley & Nicole) and also Michelle showed up with their entourage! It was such a fun night, one gawfful boy (that Bentley remarked was really cute) danced with me for a song then asked the hideous question, “Do you want hang out later?” Then later, he cornered me at the bar,
“Do you want to dance again?”
“Oh, uh.. no. I have a friend here.”
“You were just so beautiful, I had to ask.”
Haha, lame. I did get a free beer & shot from a more attractive gentleman that decided it would be cool to talk my ear off about his philosophy on living life day-to-day for five minutes. It’s fun going with people because you can use the “I should really be getting back to my friend…” Wind it up! Joe was kind of jealous, I think… he has a tendency to be that way if you go off and do something without him. I just kind of ignored it because I don’t like dealing with drama. The best part of I-Bar was the fact they played, “We Didn’t Start The Fire”! I’ve never heard them play Billy Joel, so this was absolutely amazing! I dragged Joe out on da floor and danced my ass off, the proceeded to drunktastically act out “Hold Me Now.” Me, Michelle, Nicole Bentley also got really silly dancing to “Genius of Love.” So fun… and when “Jet Boy, Jet Girl” came on, there’s the part where they bleeped out “head” and I took that as an opportunity to yell “HEAD!”
Who needs to think when your feet just go…
I don’t wanna eat burritos…
Conclusion: This whole experience has made me want to move to New York like, now. This past week has been hands down the best week of my life!