Album: 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert (2000)
Over the last 20+ years I’ve been to hundreds of concerts and I’ve probably seen a thousand bands play. Some of these bands have been among my favorites and others have been people I respectfully waited through* until the band I came to see took their turn on stage. While only a handful of the shows I’ve attended have been officially released as live records (in their entirety or in part) the internet has made it easy to find unofficial recordings of many shows I’ve attended. This doesn’t mean I have any desire to seek them out.
*The worst people at any concert are people who boo the opening acts just for being the opening act. Knock that shit off. The second worst people are those recording the entire show on their phones. Knock that off too.
One of the unexpected things I’ve taken away from this project is a greater distaste for live albums. I spend my concert dollars for the experience of listening to music I like with people who also like the same music. My concert experience is less about the individual songs than the shared moments and the momentum that builds up during the show. So what if an individual song, like this version of “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” isn’t so great; it’s part of a larger but still fleeting moment that a record can’t accurately capture. Even the best live albums can’t tell you how it felt to be in the audience which is why people still part with large amounts of money to see their favorite artists.
For me, the best thing about this track isn’t the song; it’s Billy Joel’s post song banter about ticket prices. People paid a lot to be there but I don’t think there wasn’t too much buyer’s remorse out in the crowd.