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

Roger Waters The Wall, 2010 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Colisuem

October 12, 2010
From Uniondale, NY.

When I heard that he was going to do the Wall again I said to myself, not again. Not now, after this long. He could choose from so much, why the Wall?

The night of October 12, 2010 I was reminded why. Roger Waters is the Wall. It is about him. His life, his times, his experiences. His Wall.

The Wall came out back in 1980. It was finally released way overdue and over budget. The Fans were chomping at the bit for new Floyd and they delivered. Straight to number one, smash hits, incredibly memorable guitar riffs and songs that take you far far away. They only did a few shows. London, Uniondale NY, and Los Angeles. They actually built a wall onstage and you couldn't even see the band play. Not many were able to witness the event, only to be told through word of mouth, magazine articles and newspaper clippings.

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