.... After about a 20 minute set change, Billy Joel and his band took the stage to the approval of the Sold-Out arena. Billy waved to the crowd, sat down at his piano, took a few sips from his coffee cup, that read “Billy Joel In Concert”, and then began to play the opening number of the night, “Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out On Broadway)”. This sounded good and the New York City Skyline on the large screens above the stage looked good, but it was a slow start for a Billy Joel concert that I wasn't used to seeing/hearing. There was a short pause after the song before he went into a very familiar upbeat tune that had everyone on their feet, and some trying to run down the aisles, during, “Pressure”. During the middle of this song, the piano slowly turned to face the other side of the arena as it did throughout the evening.
Billy Joel paused for a moment to reflect on his career and how he used to come to Nashville to play at the Exit In during his early years. I never got the chance to see him perform there, but Sandra and I have seen him perform at the older and smaller arena, the Municipal Auditorium, along at our beloved long-gone amphitheater, Starwood Amphitheater. Once Billy finished reminiscing, he continued his show with another favorite, “The Entertainer”.
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