Live Concerts

Billy Joel with Howard Stern on Sirius Radio

This past week I was able to hear an interview with one of music's most awesome piano players as well as a great song writer. The Howard Stern show on Sirius satellite radio had Billy Joel as a guest. For almost 2 hours, Billy sat at a piano and talked with Howard and told stories, as well as played some of his best songs.

He talked about being young and going to piano lessons where his teacher would teach him Sonata by Mozart. When he went home to practice it, he would play the first part, but then write a new second part. A musical genius at an early age. At the age 14, he played on the demo of the original recording of Leader of the Pack. He played Captain Jack and Say Goodbye to Hollywood. He played Scenes From An Italian Restaurant and told a story about how he came up with New York State of Mind in a matter of minutes.

One of his favorite artists is Steve Winwood. He said he loved how he always seems to play the right note then proceeded to play Dear Mister Fantasy. He played parts of the Golden Slumbers medley of the Beatles Abbey Road album and said that Paul Macartney had told him those were a couple of unfinished songs put together. This is where Billy got his idea for Scenes From an Italian Restaurant. My favorite song he played was Just the Way You Are. All in all Howard and Robin seemed to ask good questions and request some great songs.

What treat it was to hear Billy and his piano and his stories. I was real glad I got to hear it. And a great shout out to Howard Stern. He is one of the best interviewers out there. He always gets people to talk honestly and openly.

-Whitey

November 23, 2010


Out On The Tiles

Walter Trout - The Return On Stage

walterdanaandlaurence (Photo courtesy of Dana Fuchs)

 

I was only 25 when I first heard Live (No More Fish Jokes) by Walter Trout. That album was, and still is, in my modest opinion, the epitaph of what Blues/Rock should sound like. Very few artists have been able to replicate that energy, vibes and intensity that Trout put on that record or in many of his studio albums he has recorded in his long and successful career but they rarely succeeded to do so.

In the last couple of years, horrible and heavy health issues have been very close to take away forever Trout not only from music and family but from life, in a very cruel way. Through the love and devotion of his family and fans, Trout has been able to overcome such issues and is living now a second life, to the point he struggles himself to believe he made it through.

Many people will remember the Lead Belly Tribute evening at the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 15th for the incredible quality of the line-up. Dana Fuchs (what a dynamite!), Laurence Jones, Paul Jones, Jools Holland, Billy Bragg, Eric Burdon, Van Morrison and many others. But Walter Trout stole the whole show. He just couldn't wait to go on stage, he didn't feel like doing anything else than playing tonight.

When that splendid woman that Marie, Walter's wife is, announced him to the London crowd, the whole Albert Hall rose on their feet for three Standing Ovations through the 10 minutes Trout had been on. Walter, visibly emotional, played a couple of tracks, one homage to the late great B.B. King, the other to Lead Belly, joined on stage by the young and very talented Laurence Jones during the whole performance. Apologies to all the readers at Bluebirdreviews about the fact I didn't take any photos. Purposely. I just wanted to feel and breath the whole emotion of that moment. To see Walter Trout on stage again, where he belongs, performing Live, has been an emotional and intense moment for myself and everyone present that night.

The Trout is back again, this time forever

 

Giovanni "Gio" Pilato

 

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