Billy Joel Welcomes In 2014, Neil Young Rocks Carnegie Hall
Those New Yorkers get everything. I’d say they’re the luckiest city in the world but residents do have to endure the Mets.
On New Year’s Eve, citizens of the Big Apple will be able to usher in 2014 with a Billy Joel concert. The piano man is scheduled to perform at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Hmm. It’s interesting that the New Yorkiest of all New Yorkers is performing at Barclays Center and not Madison Square Garden. Is this more proof that MSG has been surpassed by Barclays as Gotham’s premiere concert venue?
But I digress…
Opening for Joel is another piano man, Ben Folds. Actually, Joel’s opening act is the Ben Folds Five, but I really wanted to use the previous sentence.
A week later, Joel begins a mini-tour of Florida with two shows in Sunrise (Jan. 7 and Jan. 11), a gig in Tampa (Jan. 17), and a performance in Jacksonville (Jan. 22).
Now, a NYE Billy Joel show is pretty impressive but that’s not why New Yorkers are so lucky. What makes them fortune’s darling and fate’s buddy is on Jan. 6 Neil Young begins a four-night stand at Carnegie Hall.
The “Cinnamon Girl” singer entertains Carnegie Hall visitors on Jan. 6, 7, 9, and 10.
In January, Young’s Carnegie Hall-stand caps off a three-month period in which he performed at his annual Farm Aid (September) concert and his annual Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, California (October).
So in less than a week, New Yorkers can see two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers without ever leaving the city.
Granted, they’re quite different Rock and Roll Hall of Famers but they’re hall of famers nonetheless, and it’s not every day you can say you saw two legends in less than a week’s time.
Billy Joel is one of the bestselling artists of all-time while Neil Young has inspired generations of mopey singer-songwriters.
Also, one is American and the other is Canadian.
Now, if you can only see Joel or Young which artist should you pick? That’s easy, you should see Joel. Not because he’s better (or worse) but for the sole reason that Young tours all the time and Joel does not. I think Joel is one more bout of alcoholism or another embezzling-manager away from retiring.