Billy Joel, Glasgow SECC, 24 July 2006

Last Monday saw Billy Joel’s first solo concert in Glasgow for about 12 years. I had seen him when he last performed in Glasgow when the Face To Face tour he did with Elton John came to Ibrox Stadium in 1998. That was great, but this one was even better!

I had a great seat in the middle of the auditorium and as I waited for the concert to start saw one of the best things I’ve seen at a concert in a long time. A few members of BJ’s staff appeared in the arena with small strings of tickets. They then went to some of the not-so-good seats in the arena and asked the people if they would like to move seats. When the people said yes, they were handed the new tickets and pointed in the direction of the nearest security person. The security person then escorted the people to their new seats – one of the front 3 rows right in front of the stage!

The looks on their faces were ones of amazement and bewilderment, but it was great to see and great to think that someone would do something like that as a little surprise for people who take the time to go to one of their concerts.

Personal highlights from the concert itself included the opening, “Miami 2017” immediately being followed by “New York State of Mind”, the band covering AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell” and the last half dozen or so tracks (including the whole Encore). Here’s the setlist.

Prelude/Angry Young Man
My Life
Everybody Loves You Now
The Entertainer
Just the Way You Are
Zanzibar
Miami 2017
New York State of Mind
Downeaster Alexa
She’s Always a Woman
Allentown
Don’t Ask Me Why
Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)
Keepin’ The Faith
Innocent Man
Uptown Girl
River of Dreams
Highway To Hell
We Didn’t Start The Fire
It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me
You May Be Right

Encores
Only The Good Die Young
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
Piano Man

It’s been a long time since he toured and, sadly, it’ll probably be another long time until he tours again. One thing’s for certain, though, I’ll be there!

The Cardman 🙂

P.S. Which concert did I prefer – Guns ‘N Roses or Billy Joel? As good as GNR were, Billy Joel wins it!

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