Well, last Thursday, I was finally able to check something off my bucket list, something I had been wanting to do for a long time: See my musical mentor, the legendary Billy Joel perform at Madison Square Garden!!
Keep in mind, I’ve been to the Garden before, mostly seeing wrestling shows (SummerSlam 1998, Royal Rumble 2000 and the Monday Night Raw where “Stone Cold” Steve Austin first stunned Mr. McMahon in 1997, to name a few) but this was my first time seeing Billy Joel in his home arena. It was a dream come true, one which might not have come true if not for a wonderful friend of mine, Jason Cohen, which I want to thank immensely for this opportunity.
But I’m getting ahead of myself, maybe I should explain why I was feeling euphoric. As a Billy Joel fan, his music is so appealing, so varied, so relatable that it’s hard not to be a fan of his work. When I moved from my parents house to my current home, I used “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” to clue people in what was going on in my life. When I feel depressed in my life, “You’re only Human (Second Wind) is my go-to song as well as a personal favorite of mine. “All for Leyna”, “The Stranger”, “For the Longest Time” are all known because of how relatable they are in countless lives, to say nothing of his trademark “Piano Man.”
The point in bringing this up is to give an understanding of how deep my knowledge of Billy Joel’s song portfolio, which made last Thursday’s trip to Madison Square Garden so special to me. This event was made even more special by the fact that our seats were totally different than we expected, which was an unexpected surprise for both of us.
The atmosphere of the concert was nothing short of electric (how could it not, it’s Billy Joel) and it was so easy to get swept up in the electricity, if you’ve been to any big sports events with home teams, you know what I mean.)
I had been to an Air Supply concert before but I only knew a few songs, but this was one where I knew most of the songs, playing them many a time before then. Hearing those songs live was an experience unlike any other, but singing with people, with fellow fans, that was a euphoric feeling, it made you feel like you weren’t alone in liking Billy Joel. The set list I have posted should show fans and newcomers alike the talent we all witnessed at the Garden: https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/billy-joel/2019/madison-square-garden-new-york-ny-1b9e9180.html
May we all have friends like Jason and others that will help us make our dreams come true so we can all..