Billy Joel 11/1/98

Billy Joel

11/1/98 @ Bryce Jordan Center - State College, PA


Setlist:

You May Be Right
Allentown
Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
You're My Home
Pressure
Innocent Man
My Life
I Go To Extremes
Monster Mash
Prelude/Angry Young Man
Goodnight Saigon
Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel)
The River Of Dreams
We Didn't Start The Fire
Sometimes A Fantasy
Still Rock 'N' Roll to Me
Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
Encore:
Only The Good Die Young
Captain Jack
Piano Man

Wow.

It'll be hard for me to put into words how much I enjoyed this concert. It was my first time ever seeing Billy, and perhaps my last if he stops touring with his pop stuff. At any rate, the only thing I own of his is the complete hits collection that just came out this past summer. I don't know the words to all the songs. But I have a very fond memory of him - the earliest memories I have about music are of Glass Houses and another album of his that our family had on 8-track when I was a kid. I remember listening to Glass Houses all the time... they're great memories. I've always liked the stuff of his I'd heard. Recently, I caught his Storytellers episode on VH-1 and also saw the Behind The Music special they did on him. Then I found out about this show and was able to get decent seats on the floor. By that time I had gotten the hits collection and basically, I was pretty damn hyped to see him live.

Janelle (grad school pal and Billy Joel FANATIC) was convinced to go with me... and when the time finally came, we left for the show a little later then we planned. I thought we had plenty of time, though - until we got about a mile from the venue and the traffic came to a dead halt. We hoped it wouldn't start on time and it didn't - when we arrived about 20 after, the lights were still on. We made our way towards the seats... found them, and some guy was sitting in one of them. I asked him what his seat was and told him that I thought he was in the wrong one, and he said "oh, my bad, bro... no big deal, sorry about that, I'll be going now... it's ok, man, it's cool..." as he wafted down the center aisle and slyly sat down in another empty seat. heheh. We sat down and literally 3 seconds after we had been seated, the house lights go down! High fives all around! What timing.

The show was amazing. They played almost all of my faves, and I was brought to tears a few times, just realizing the grand moment I was witnessing. And remembering back to my childhood and how much fun I had listening to those songs on the old 8-track, and hearing Sometimes a Fantasy for probably the first time since I was 9. (I remembered the phone-dial intro but didn't know the title). It was so, so, so, so, so coooool.


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