Ep. 207 – Elton John & Billy Joel @ Sommet Center – Nashville, TN – 05/16/09
May 20th, 2009
Category: Billy Joel, Elton John, Nashville, Sommet Center, Uncategorized, Video Concert Reviews
Chrystal sees what becomes her favorite concert ever, and gathers fan reviews after the show.
Nashville was nuts on Saturday. The Crawfish Boil was going on all day, Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd were performing at the Divas Nashvegas event in town, and then the Sommet Center was filled for Elton John and Billy Joel’s Face 2 Face Tour. Oh. My. God.
The concert was life-changing for me. This is what it is all about – the ultimate goal of a performer. Sir Elton and Billy Boy are the true example of what happens when you are given a talent, and make the most of it. Clearly, writing music and making people happy was the only career option for them. They wouldn’t have it any other way.
I adore Elton John. I saw him a few years ago in Anaheim, CA, and up to this point it was in my top 3 favorite concerts of all time. I’ll never forget running down to the front row of the venue and dancing like a maniac, and Elton smiling and pointing at me.
Why was this show better? Just the whole sense of unity in the room. The LA/Anaheim crowd was dressed in suits and much more intimidated to get up and let loose. The Nashville audience was outstanding. So diverse, and everyone loved each other. Even the ushers were dancing while manning their aisles. It was such a fun and peaceful night.
Elton started off the show which surprised me, but then it made sense. Elton warmed us up with about an hour and a half of all the favs. He’s so in love with the audience, and believe me, it’s mutual. I had chills the entire time he was on stage. Eventually, I couldn’t sit any longer. My body couldn’t handle the urge to get up and dance, so I did. It was scary dancing so high up in the venue, but the view was breathtaking. “Yellow Brick Road”…ahhhh!
Then, Elton left the stage, and immediately Billy Joel came on. Although Elton’s my boyfriend, I totally get why Billy followed Elton in the lineup. He has all the drinking numbers, so by the time Elton was done with his set, we were ready to PARTY!
I love how Billy can treat a HUGE venue like it’s the dive bar down the street, and he’s the local Piano Man. He is so observant. Earlier in the night, I was texting and saw a few others around me doing the same, and I’m like…how can we be doing this right now during this incredible performance? Billy mentioned that the audience needs to be like him and Elton and learn to text without looking. He then, closed his eyes and played a beautiful piano riff. He also said, “Try not to think of Niagara Falls.” LOL! No break between Elton and Billy equals no bathroom break either.
Then, Billy brought out Felix from The Young Rascals to do “Good Lovin’.” It was amazing. It sounded a little odd at first, but then after the song, Billy admitted that we had witnessed a genuine mess up. Billy was playing in C, and the song was in D.
My favorite Billy Joel numbers were “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” and “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” Also, I have NEVER seen anyone work a mic stand like that. He treated that thing like a baton, tossing it in the air, twirling it.
Billy and Elton had more energy than 90 percent of the bands I’ve seen this year. All of which are much younger.
Billy finished his set, and then the kicker. Elton and Billy together. Just when you thought they were out of hits, another one came. Everyone was going crazy.
“The Bitch is Back,” “Uptown Girl,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Piano Man.” They even did some Beatles covers; “Back in the USSR” and “Birthday!”
Check out more live footage on KJastremski’s YouTube Channel.
The most thrilling moment was when the stage went completely silent for a chorus of Piano Man, and the crowd sang it loud and clear. It reminded me of middle school dances when the DJ would play that song at the end of the night, and we’d all hug each other in a circle and sway. I’m tearing up now, just thinking about how awesome it was. At first I was sad that I didn’t get to videotape that moment, but then I thought, it would have just taken away from that memorable moment.
Best concert ever! I don’t know what is going to top that.
Thank you Jason, our county Courtyard Marriott Manager, for the ticket! And also the second Jason I met that gave me his stub so I could closer to the stage. You guys rock!
Upcoming Tour Dates as seen on www.livedaily.com
19 – Indianapolis, IN – Conseco Fieldhouse
21 – Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
23 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
26, 30 – Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
1 – Ottawa, Ontario – Scotiabank Place
3 – Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
11 – Washington, DC – Nationals Park
14 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
16 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field
18 – Foxboro, MA – Gillette Stadium
21 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field
24 – Buffalo, NY – HSBC Arena
30 – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park
1 – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park
4, 7 – Seattle, WA – KeyArena at Seattle Center
14 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
17 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion