Billy comes back to the BOK

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Hannah Prentice

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On Fri., Nov. 11, the musical legend Billy Joel performed at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. for the first time in seven years. The famous pianist performed almost all of his biggest hits from his 43-year musical career.

Joel began performing in 1971 with his first album, “Cold Harbor Spring.” Two years later he came out with his next album, “Piano Man.” Since then, he has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States.

Joel’s numerous achievements include six Grammy awards, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Long Island Music Hall of Fame and the Kennedy Center Honors.

During the concert, Joel started off his set with some of his lesser-known songs, at one point even letting the crowd choose which of his two songs he wanted to hear first. Joel also performed part of the Elton John song, “Tiny Dancer,” as well as the song “Oklahoma” which caused the crowd to erupt in singing with deafening volume. The first few songs he performed were all lesser known, but about 30 minutes into the concert, the musician began performing his big hits.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, the musician brought about ten military service men and women up on stage with him as he performed his song “Goodnight Saigon,” a song about the Vietnam war. At the end of the song, the musician stood up and shook the hands of every veteran on stage. The entire crowd stood up, cheering. The whole experience was very moving and brought tears to my eyes.

The musician not only performed his big hits, but also explained to the crowd his inspirations for the songs. Having the opportunity to sit and listen to him explain some of my favorite songs, such as his song “She’s Always a Woman,” and why he wrote them was amazing.

Joel ended his original set with his arguably most famous song, “Piano Man.” After walking off the stage, the crowd screamed for an encore, turning on the lights of their cell phones. The musician and his band followed up with some of his biggest hits, such as “Uptown Girl” and “Only the Good Die Young,” closing out the concert with his song “You May Be Right.”

Overall, the only thing about the concert that I wasn’t a huge fan of was the fact that he started with so many lesser-known songs. Other than that, the concert was indescribable. For any fans of classic rock music, I would absolutely recommend going to a Billy Joel concert.

The music, the vocals, the variety, all of it made the concert completely unforgettable. Having grown up listening to Billy Joel, experiencing this concert was a lifelong dream come true.

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