...But a legitimate one.
I saw Billy Joel in concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on 2006-04-09. He put on an awsome show.
In fact, that concert is the primary reason I came to Vegas this weekend. It was worth it.
I've been a fan since the mid-eighties, and while his style has changed, the quality of his music has not. From his start in the early 70s, he writes with a raw passion and energy that makes the songs just jump up and grab you. His career spans decades with good reason.
Billy Joel is a superstar. How do we know he's a superstar?
- He put on a 2.5+ hour concert, without a break.
- By song two, the show had turned into a sing-along.
- The audience sang his last encore for him.
- He took one of his most popular songs, Big Shot, and by changing only his gestures and posture, and putting on a backwards baseball cap, turned it into a Gangsta Rap performance.
- He did random Elvis impersonations.
- He made a room of 12,000 feel like a room of 12.
- I watched him on stage, instead of him on video the whole night.
- He didn't play his most popular songs, or even open with his hits. He played the songs he felt like playing.
- The king of Adult Comteporary asked a Roadie, named Chainsaw, to get on stage and sing AC/DC's heavey metal classic Highway to Hell (not to be confused wiht Weird Al's Nature Trail to Hell). Chainsaw was really good. Billy played guitar.
- He looked like he was having the time of his life.
I saw him in 1989, as well. This time, while he didn't have the same energy, he made it a more intimate performance, and had complete confidence about him.
Absolutely awesome show.
Check out Jon's blog for his take on the concert.