Billy Joel can hang out in the Carrier Dome any time he wants.
Sure, the Piano Man most likely can pick up the phone and pick up tickets for any Syracuse University football or basketball game he’d want to attend if he had the urge.
But the powers-that-be up on the hill wanted the music guy from Long Island to know how much he’s appreciated always. He’s performed seven concerts in the big stadium, even at times when other performers were avoiding the joint because the acoustics were just too bouncy. So they gave him a banner of his own up on the top rim, joining famous players and championship teams.
I was fortunate enough to attend a handful of those shows, including a twin bill with Elton John. Yes, Joel turned on the magic in the Carrier Dome every time.
I kind of like the way I could frame him with another pretty famous chap from my home turf of Long Island, legendary running back and lacrosse star Jim Brown.
What’s your favorite Billy Joel song, and why? Elton John or Billy Joel, and why? What song would you have liked to hear Elton and Billy play together?