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  posted on 11/19/2005 at 01:11 PM
Who's goin? I got my tickets for Feb. 2nd at MSG, not all his dates have been announced yet, so there'll be more dates. This tour I believe is just Billy with a piano, no crazy band and playing Highway to Hell, it should be classic Billy.

 

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  posted on 11/19/2005 at 01:46 PM
There's Classic Billy?

 

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  posted on 11/19/2005 at 02:17 PM
No Elton?

 

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  posted on 11/19/2005 at 02:20 PM

There's Classic Billy?
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Billy Joel is a superb songwriter. His work from the mid seventies for around 10 years was excellent. Just because it ain't screaming guitars doesn't make it bad

 

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  posted on 11/19/2005 at 02:26 PM
Ron you are too much, lol (Elton doesn't drink lol) But seriously, I saw Billy 4 times and always have a blast! He sure puts a great band together. He's no Sir Paul, (but then again nobody has a Show like that). But I still see Joel's shows when possible. Great "Piano Man" His lengthy catalog is surprising!

 

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  posted on 11/19/2005 at 03:01 PM
billy joel?? BJ??? uhh, no thanks
 

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  posted on 11/19/2005 at 04:27 PM
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There's Classic Billy?
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Billy Joel is a superb songwriter. His work from the mid seventies for around 10 years was excellent. Just because it ain't screaming guitars doesn't make it bad


Oh,my bad...LOL...whatever you say!! Hmmmmmmmm...don't care for screamin' guitars much either....

 

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  posted on 11/19/2005 at 05:46 PM
I'll be going to MSG on 1/26. This is one of the very few, and i do mean very few, concerts that my wife will be happy to be going to with me. I also expect it will be very good.

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I'll be going to MSG on 1/26. This is one of the very few, and i do mean very few, concerts that my wife will be happy to be going to with me. I also expect it will be very good.
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  posted on 11/19/2005 at 07:27 PM
I seen him on the Bridge tour around 1987. He was bad to the bone then. The last thing he said before walking off stage was "Don't take no sh*t off anybody".
 

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  posted on 11/19/2005 at 08:08 PM
Can't say I have ever thought about seeing Billy Joel.

 

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  posted on 11/19/2005 at 08:10 PM
I have seen Billy 4 times, and once with Elton.

Killer show everytime

 

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  posted on 11/19/2005 at 11:19 PM
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I have seen Billy 4 times, and once with Elton.

Killer show everytime


The last truly great Billy Joel album was the Stranger in 1978. It's been downhill ever since. In my opinion of course.

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  posted on 11/20/2005 at 07:41 AM
Billy Joel rocks. He's one of the very few artists I can't understand how anybody can NOT like. He has a huge catalogue of great hits that span his entire career. He combines great songwriting sensibility with jazzlike chops, and he can pick a great band. I'd love to go see him sometime.
 

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  posted on 11/20/2005 at 08:50 AM
I've never been a fan of his AT ALL. I always kinda viewed him as one of those fluffy pop artists. I gotta admit, though, his talent kinda won me over a couple years back........he did a one song cameo on the televised Brian Wilson Tribute, which I now own on DVD. (BTW, GET IT, it's worth the $15). Billy did "Don't Worry Baby", on Hammond B-3 and singing, and man, did he rip it!! I was really impressed, it was one of the highlights of the show, and there were a lot of highlights. If anyone is interested, it's also got Paul Simon (solo on acoustic guitar doing "Surfer Girl"), David Crosby, Carly Simon, Darius Rucker, Matthew Sweet, Wilson-Philips, Elton John, Ricky Martin, , Dennis Hopper, and a speech by no less than Sir George Martin. Wilson himself performs a few tunes at the end.

 

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  posted on 11/20/2005 at 08:59 AM
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The last truly great Billy Joel album was the Stranger in 1978. It's been downhill ever since.


I'm guessing you haven't heard 52nd St then...


The first concert I ever saw was Billy Joel. My friend won tickets on the radio, and surprisingly enough, our parents let us go. It was 1979, I was 11.

A great, great concert, Joel's piano playing was fantastic, and since it was the late 70's, every tune was a great one.

 

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  posted on 11/20/2005 at 11:20 PM
I think some of these people who don't like him may not have heard enough of his older albums. To me his career is similar to Elton's. The old stuff rocked but the newer stuff turned to fluff. I should've been a rapper dawgs!
 

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I'm guessing you haven't heard 52nd St then...


The first concert I ever saw was Billy Joel. My friend won tickets on the radio, and surprisingly enough, our parents let us go. It was 1979, I was 11.

A great, great concert, Joel's piano playing was fantastic, and since it was the late 70's, every tune was a great one.



Of course I've heard it. I owned it. It's great. But not truly great the way the first four were. Frankly, I even find much of The Stranger to be a dropoff from Piano Man, Streetlight Serenade and Turnstiles. 52d St. has a few tremendous songs but some of lesser quality. Each and every tune on Piano Man is an all time classic.

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  posted on 11/21/2005 at 02:05 AM
I saw Billy 4 or 5 times over a few years during the early '90s. He was fantastic every time. However, after seeing and hearing him on tv and live audio clips in recent years, it seems that his voice has gone downhill considerably. That being said, given the opportunity to see him now, I'd probably give up the coin to see him again. He's certainly worth seeing, and the song catalog he brings to the table is just great.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2005 at 09:08 AM
I can honestly say I haven't listened to ANY Billy Joel music at all in the past 15 years or more...but I did get to see him live twice in his early days including Carnegie Hall around 1977 or 1978. In fact "The Stranger" wasn't even out yet thats how long ago it was. The show at Carnegie Hall was exceptional because he brought along a small orchestra with him for songs like "New York State of Mind" which was a real nice touch. Being from Long Island, He definitely has the New Yawk vibe to him which was cool. I also caught a show at MSG in the early 1980's. HIs first 3 or 4 albums were very good in fact even a bit "Hip" - "Piano Man" especially is excellent. Once "52nd Street" came out though, that was pretty much the end for me with his music. There is no question he is a hell of a piano player and his band is completely top notch - he's always had a phenomenal drummer - Liberty DeVito. I just couldn't connect to the ultra-pop stuff he started doing. I'm sure he still puts on a very good show its just that I've kind of lost touch with him after all these years. I would be open to having a beer with him though...lol.
 
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  posted on 11/21/2005 at 10:09 AM
I saw him a few times in the 80's. I enjoyed it, but I have to be more picky about my concert goin' money these days. I'd go if I had free tix.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2005 at 11:26 AM
I like Billy Joel, but my initial reaction to the news was 'sounds like he needs some money'. His tour schedule seems to reflect this too, five dates in NY and Philly his biggest strongholds, two in Florida in the middle of snowbird season and one in Boston and one in Vegas. So far this tour looks like it's going for the surefire money and that's it. Of course, not that there's anything wrong with that, lol.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2005 at 03:48 PM
hopefully he'll make it out to cali, i know it would be better to see him in new york but i'll be at school then so i'll have to settle for out here in sunny socal.

as for his songs/albums, his early stuff is obviously great, but storm front is a sick album which is definitely later. and also, the duet he did with ray charles, baby grand, is one of my absolute favorite songs, one of my top 25 most played on itunes (with i wish i knew from l@gt being number 1)

 

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  posted on 11/21/2005 at 03:58 PM
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I like Billy Joel, but my initial reaction to the news was 'sounds like he needs some money'. His tour schedule seems to reflect this too, five dates in NY and Philly his biggest strongholds, two in Florida in the middle of snowbird season and one in Boston and one in Vegas. So far this tour looks like it's going for the surefire money and that's it. Of course, not that there's anything wrong with that, lol.


He doesn't need the money. He's doing alright for himself building boats also.

http://www.yachtingmagazine.com/yachting/boatreviews/article/0,12727,110846 4,00.html

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  posted on 11/22/2005 at 07:05 AM
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What about "Glass Houses" that was a good one too.

 
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