I’m back from the Billy Joel concert at Centre Bell. I was so concerned of not enjoying myself. Then I remembered that when I concern myself over avoiding anything, I end up not enjoying myself.
So I just said screw it as the lights went out and enjoyed myself. Redundant, but it worked out great. I wasn’t really a fan of the first song, Angry Young Man, but everyone else and me went crazy when he followed with My Life.
The concert was awesome, on all the levels that word has as a meaning. All my favorite songs were played, and that included The Entertainer and Scenes from an Italian Restaurant which are hidden jewels.
In a parenthesis, Billy brings on stage a roadie who’s trying to make it in the business. He then mentions he’s even tried and failed for American Idol, and says to get into the spiritual mood as he’s going to play a religious song. Awkwardness ensues. Then the roadie does a good enough rendition of Highway to Hell. I believe anybody that has half a decent voice can make a good enough rendition with all the music and lights.
Cool and all, but after that song, the sound was screwed up for the next song, which was We Didn’t Start The Fire. That song was once a favorite, but it doesn’t quite sound so good after a few minutes. Luckily everything was ok for the rest of the concert.
It was good to hear old favorites as She’s Always A Woman To Me, It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me and You May Be Right and basically the best of the best from all his albums. A couple of unknowns cruised by, and Billy was humble and even helpful ("this one wasn’t a hit, so you might want to go to the bathroom here").
He made the usual game of saying good bye and turning off the lights before coming back for Only The Good Dye Young.
After that, he took out a contraption that holds the harmonica from his neck while he plays the piano. I knew what was coming up.
It was Piano Man to close the concert with the whole fans joining in. I loved that everyone lowered their voices to make sure that Billy Joel’s voice would prevail – although it wasn’t necessary, he still has the voice and the sound was very good for this song. However Billy did made a point at the end of letting everyone add one more line of "sing us a song you’re the piano man, sing us a song tonite…" and then tying it all up with the harmonica.
Well we’re all in the mood for a melody, and you’ve got us feeling alright…
PS: Saturday, a U2 concert recorded in 3D at the IMAX theater in the Centre de Sciences at the Old Port! And I made it just in time as a member of the S and A group to get a spot. I bought my ticket yesterday.