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We saw Billy Joel last night at Key Arena. This was Mike’s 14th time to see Billy Joel and my first. Mike has seen over 200+ concerts in his lifetime, but most of them were during the 70s, a magical decade when tickets weren’t more than three dollars.

If you didn’t have enough money, you could chop down a tree and use the wood to barter your way to the front row. Or you could stand outside the stadium with the other street urchins and shine the shoes of those who survived the Wall Street crash of 1929.

I brought my dinky minolta point-and-shoot with me. It’s still held together by duct tape and hope that I’ll fetch a good estimate on Antiques Roadshow.

It was so light that holding it felt like I was holding a newborn, which is really strange because whenever I hold a newborn, I feel like I’m holding my minolta.

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  1. Did you enjoy it? I saw him with Elton John a long a time ago and had a great time. But some of it was nostalgia I guess–Billy Joel was the first record I ever owned.

  2. grrltraveler says:

    I’m so old, it’s hard to remember if I’ve seen him in concert or not. Chances are, I have. My favorite album is 52nd Street, with The Stranger (is that the album title?) a close 2nd. Now I’ve given my age away I’m sure but since you already met me, you already know how old I am!

  3. Mrs. Blogoway says:

    This is a different Crystal but maybe I’m in an alternate universe because my first 45 record was Billy Joel’s “It’s still rock-n-roll to me.” I can remember buying it with my allowance. I was so excited.

  4. hello insomnia says:

    crystal 1: I LOVED IT. He was really funny and started off by introducing himself as “Billy’s dad.”

    grrltraveler: I love 52nd Street. That’d have to be my favorite, too.

    crystal 2: the first CD I ever bought with my own money was Ace of Base’s “The Sign.” Billy Joel would have been a better investment.

  5. Butrfly Garden says:

    Ummm…It was Billy Joel Night on Next Great American Band.

    Yeah. I’m a loser.

    Glad you had fun.

  6. More than 200 concerts?! Wow. It’s kind of pathetic, but I’ve never been to a concert before.

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