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Damn, that was fun!

Just got back from the Billy Joel/Elton John show.  Which almost turned into the Billy Joel show with ritual sacrifice of roadies when Elton John's piano malfunctioned (sustain pedal got stuck, causing a minor furor).  After a minor comedy routine in which Billy said "Well, at least you know it's not taped!", offered to trade pianos, and took off his jacket and laid down on stage to try and fix the piano himself, Elton exited stage right, Billy's band came on and a hellaciously fun set commenced.  It was awesome!  Many, many old favorites.

After an hour or so of that (and I suspect the ritual sacrifice of at least one of the road crew), Elton's piano was fixed and he also played a great set.  I'm not as big an Elton John fan, compounded slightly by the fact that Sir Elton likes concert sets of songs, with really, really long intros, instrumental interludes, and extended endings.  I think there was one song (and now I can't remember which one) that was damn near 15 minutes long.  On the other hand, Crocodile Rock was the insane amount of fun it always is. 

Show ended as it was supposed to begin, with both Elton and Billy playing duet versions of both men's songs.  The duet versions of My Life and It's Still Rock and Roll to Me got the place jumping, and the duet of Candle in the Wind was pretty, but the final song - Piano Man, fittingly enough - had the entire stadium singing along.  That's a lotta people all singing at the same time. 

Awfully glad I made it to this one - most fun I've had in a long, long time. 


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Jul. 12th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
I just read your blog
and I am going to see Billy and Elton on
July 18th I have seen Billy 4times before and Elton once
but never the two together
I bet it will be a great show by just reading your blog
the 18th can not get here quick enough. Reading your blog has gotten me more pumped up thank you and I am glad to read yourblog
Jul. 12th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed it! Thank you so much! It was awesome!
Jul. 12th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
I love Billy Joel but am kind of meh about Elton John, so I've never been able/willing to afford the tickets for one of their dual shows. Cool to hear that it was awesome, though! I have seen Billy Joel on his own once though (my first concert--it was his River of Dreams tour) and it was fantastic.
Jul. 14th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
I almost went to that show, and missed it (I seem to remember crazy girlfriend drama, but I'm not sure). This one was great, though. I hope more acts start using Nationals Park - it's a pretty good venue, and awfully convenient!
Jul. 13th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
awesome!!! i loooove billy joel and have always wanted to go to one of his concerts. hopefully i'll get the chance before he retires. :)
Jul. 14th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
You really should - Billy Joel does an amazing show. I was actually kinda surprised it wasn't his piano that broke, the way he was pounding away! A friend of mine who was at his Storm Front show, which I think was '89, said this one was even more fun.
Jul. 14th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
Dude, that sounds AMAZING! I'm glad you had a blast!
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