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You have seen and will continue to see many articles about Billy Joel on MasterClassLady.Com. I think he is one of the most prolific and gifted performers on the planet. His compositions cross multiple genres, having broad appeal to the mass audience.
Additionally, he is one of the most generous performers. He embraces his audience and they embrace him back. It is truly a mutual admiration society.
Case in point: Billy recently dedicated his concert at Madison Square Garden in New York to the victims from the Orlando tragedy last week. In particular, he performed his uplifting song, “You’re Only Human (Second Wind)” for the first time since 1987.
It is such a great song – very catchy and in contrast to the many ballads that have been dedicated to the Orlando victims by other artists. I confess – I was expecting a slower song. Weren’t you? It punctuates strength and courage in the face of opposition. Very, very nice.
Here is what he said on his website:
“We’re gonna do a song I haven’t done in, I don’t know, 25 years or something. We may screw this up, but at least you know we’re not on tape,” Joel said of the Greatest Hits – Volumes I & II track. “It’ll be an authentic rock n’ roll fuck up.”
Prior to the performance, Joel spoke of “the shock and the sorrow” of the terror attack on the Pulse nightclub that killed 49 people in Orlando.
“We’re no strangers to terrorism and mayhem and grief, maybe here in New York more than any other city in America,” Joel said. “Us guys have been to Orlando many times, and we will be back there again, and I just want to dedicate tonight’s concert to the people of Orlando, especially the families and friends and the loved ones of the victims of this senseless massacre, you’re with us and we’re with you.”
And below, you can enjoy the performance. #OrlandoStrong