So, there was something really cool about this concert, I mean, seeing Billy Joel in the 80’s was cool, but something specific about this show. This was actually the third night that he performed at the Hollywood Sportatorium on the tour, and the reason was that the first show sold out in minutes and scalpers bought up a lot of the tickets. So Joel announced he would keep adding shows so that everyone could get tickets and scalpers would get stuck with their tickets. To me, that is the epitome of cool. Billy Joel earned my respect that day and it never wavered.
Anyway, after the first two shows sold out, my girlfriend Ruth and I got tickets to the third concert. She was a huge Billy Joel fan, so it was really exciting for her to see him live.
The concert was excellent. Even in the Sporto, which was notorious for its horrible acoustics, he sounded great. The crowd was engaged and Billy was energetic. And while there were some songs I would have liked to hear that he didn’t play (“Captain Jack” in particular), his set was solid and I left totally happy.
I found the setlist online, so here it is.
A Matter of Trust
You’re Only Human (Second Wind)
Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
Prelude/Angry Young Man
Until the Night
Big Man on Mulberry Street
An Innocent Man
The Longest Time
Only the Good Die Young
It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me
Sometimes a Fantasy
You May Be Right
Tell Her About It
Keeping the Faith
Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)