Friday, May 8, 2009

Elton John and Billy Joel

***UPDATED: Pictures and Videos!!**** 5/12/09

Last night I went to the Elton John/Billy Joel Face 2 Face concert. IT WAS AMAZING. The real surprise for me was Billy Joel. He was cracking jokes, dancing like crazy, and just being a great entertainer. I would have thought that Elton would have been the hit of the night, but he proved to be kind of boring. Joel's band was rocking out and everyone was dancing all over the stage. It was just a great experience to see two of the greatest performers play and sing their hits, together. "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" and "Bennie and the Jets" were my favorites of the night. Also a spectacular rendition of "Piano Man" complete with harmonica.



The Piano Man



The Rocket Man


Elton played "Daniel"- a very emotional song for many people. I think the great thing about this song is that it holds a special and different meaning for people. For me, it reminds me of my grandfather, Daniel, who died in the Korean War. He died just two months after my Dad was born- they never met. And now it has a new meaning for me. It also reminds me of my good friend, Dan, who died in Afghanistan a little over two months ago. I can't help but cry whenever I hear this song because, for me, it is so personal.

The lyrics are ambiguous enough that it can have it's own special meaning.

Daniel is traveling tonight on a plane
I can see the red tail lights heading for Spain
Oh and I can see Daniel waving goodbye
God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes

They say Spain is pretty though I've never been
Well Daniel says it's the best place that he's ever seen
Oh and he should know, he's been there enough
Lord I miss Daniel, oh I miss him so much

Daniel my brother you are older than me
Do you still feel the pain of the scars that won't heal
Your eyes have died but you see more than I
Daniel you're a star in the face of the sky

Daniel is traveling tonight on a plane
I can see the red tail lights heading for Spain
Oh and I can see Daniel waving goodbye
God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes
Oh God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes

Enjoy these videos!!



"Scenes from an Italian Restaurant"- Billy Joel




"Moving Out"- Billy Joel




"Your Song"- Elton John and Billy Joel

4 comments:

Doris the Great said...

Sadly, although I like that song, it reminds me of a time of great turmoil in my younger life and someone who was very negative. Still, I would have sung along (and probably shed a few). And I definately would have sung along with Billy Joel. Sounds like you had a great time.

Anita said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time and it's great that you got so much enjoyment!

Dani said...

Thanks Doris for sharing your story. I think your story shows how personal and different it is for every person.

Anita- Yes it was a blast! I have some videos that I want to put up... if I can even figure out how to do that... :)

Joanne said...

I saw Billy Joel perform a couple years ago when he booked four shows here in the spring. The concert was so amazing, we got tickets to a second. He gives an incredible concert.