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Review: Billy Joel talks, laughs and even sings a little at the Palladium in St. Petersburg




No part of legendary songwriter Billy Joel's career was off limits Monday at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg, the latest stop on his ongoing Q&A tour of college campuses.

For more than two hours, Joel moved from the microphone to piano to organ, taking questions from the audience about the inspirations — many of them female — that molded his hefty songbook.

Produced by Ruth Eckerd Hall's Friends of Music education outreach, the event was open exclusively to SPC students, faculty and staff — and with only 850 seats inside the Palladium, each ticket was a treasure. The day seats went on sale, fans started lining up outside the Palladium box office as early as 2 a.m.

Monday's event, billed as "An Evening of Questions & Answers . . . And a Little Music," found the barrel-chested Joel in freewheeling, fun-loving, self-deprecating form, spinning yarns, playing music and offering snippets of advice to the aspiring musicians in the house.

"When I was starting out in the music business, I didn't have anybody to ask how to do this," he said at the outset. "I made every mistake you can possibly make."

For our full review of Billy Joel's appearance at the Palladium in St. Pete, click here.

Photo: James Borchuck, tbt*

[Last modified: Monday, March 19, 2012 11:59pm]


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