I wasn’t a big Billy Joel fan, but won some free tickets which were behind the stage. Thinking they would be crappy seats turned out to be better than sitting on the opposite end of the venue. Similar to the U2 concert where we sat behind the stage, there wasn’t any obstruction and Billy’s piano rotated 360 degrees, so had great view of him from all angles. Bringing some binoculars really helped too and will be used for all future concerts. Unfortunately, only had the camera in my G3 phone, so the pictures pretty much stink, but the video is pretty good.
The concert was pretty much sold out and there were billboards on the way to the show advertising a different date. Billy will also be performing another near sold out show on Saturday (1/11/14).
The guy has style, I think he just hires the best local talent for his band and just shows up and plays. As in “shows up”, I mean he flies in on a helicopter because as we were leaving the venue, a private helicopter took off just as we exited the building. He doesn’t appear to rehearse with the band because he would ask the band questions as to who was supposed to do the lead-ins and if they were “ready”.
I’m more of a fan now, with great respect for his talent, especially doing a 2 hour non-stop set for a guy in his mid 60’s.
Billy Joel Ft Lauderdale Concert @ BB&T Photos
Gavin McGraw was the opening act. According to comments made by Billy, he came through at the last minute after the original opener Tom Odell backed out for unknown reasons.