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Billy Joel plays the oldies…

By Brian | January 9, 2006 | Share on Facebook

My wife and I have tickets to see Billy Joel in Madison Square Garden on Jan 23rd. We originally saw him together in Philadelphia back in 1989, and have long considered it one of our “first dates” (thanks, Heidi, on the off chance you’re reading this, for getting a stomach ache that night & giving up your ticket). At any rate, we got the tickets to this one, primarily for nostalgia purposes, although we both agreed we’d probably we disappointed with a 56-year old recovering alcoholic trying to recapture his (and our) youth.

Well, the tour opened last night in Florida, and check out this setlist (via SleepingPoliceman).

Laura? Sleeping with the Television On? Where’s the Orchestra? She’s Right on Time? ZANZIBAR?!?!?

This seems to be the show all the die-hard fans have always wished Joel would do – eschewing the pop hits for some of the more musical (and more obscure) selections in his vast catalog, and throwing in a few standards for old time’s sake.

Suddenly, I’m very much looking forward to this show…

UPDATE: I see from my server logs that over 500 of you have read this post. God Bless Google! In any case, welcome to my blog. Here’s a review of the show I posted the night of the concert. Also, if you like what you read here, please feel free to leave a comment and/or look around a bit.

UPDATE #2: Readership on this post has now passed 1,000 users. Glad you stopped by! If you liked what you read, please feel free to look around. Billy Joel enthusiasts might appreciate my reviews of the My Lives box set (Disc 1, Disc 2, Disc 3, Disc 4) in particular. Or, just check out the main page and go from there. Enjoy, all!

Topics: Words about Music | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Billy Joel plays the oldies…”

  1. Anonymous says at March 12th, 2006 at 8:58 am :
    Brian, is there a playlist for the concert February 16, 2006 ?

  2. Brian says at March 12th, 2006 at 10:16 pm :
    Sure. For setlists of every concert, just check out Pianomanfan.com.

    The show you asked about is here:

    Prelude/Angry Young Man
    My Life
    Everybody Loves You Now
    The Ballad of Billy The Kid
    New York State of Mind
    Stiletto
    The Entertainer
    Allentown
    Don’t Ask Me Why
    Sometimes A Fantasy
    Captain Jack
    Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)
    The Downeaster Alexa
    Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)
    She’s Always A Woman
    Keeping The Faith
    The River of Dreams
    I Go To Extremes
    Highway To Hell
    We Didn’t Start The Fire
    Big Shot
    It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me
    You May Be Right
    Only The Good Die Young
    Khasmir
    Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
    Piano Man

    I’m guessing “Khasmir” is Led Zepplin’s Kashmir, which with Highway to Hell, would be a second non-Billy Joel song (very unusual in his shows). Also, he doesn’t do the Entertainer that often, so if you saw that show, I think you did allright…

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