Billy Joel: 3/4/1987


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)

Piano Man

Scenes From an Italian Restaurant


Goodnight Saigon

Prelude/Angry Young Man

Until the Night

Big Man on Mulberry Street

Baby Grand

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

Uptown Girl

Tell Her About It

Keeping the Faith

Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)

Big Shot