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Thursday, April 6, 2017

April 2017 - #Atozchallenge - Eventually E

E is for Sir Elton John.  We were able to see him when he was doing the Face to Face Tour with Billy Joel.  Our original tickets were for November of 2009 but Elton John got sick and they had to cancel our part of the tour.  Fortunately they rescheduled the show so we saw them in February 2010.




This was an interesting show in which both performers were on stage to start the show, then Billy Joel left and Elton did a solo spot.  He played hit after hit, but with very little interaction with the crowd.

The big screen that they used was more like a series of lights so the pictures did not come out crisp and clear but that night it was impressive.


Without a significant break, Billy Joel then came out and did a set of his tunes.  He was more talkative and told some stories about the songs and joked about how long he's been singing.


I wanted to add a music note to one of the pictures so I used the MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) to help me get the placement right on the picture.





There are several versions of this handy tool out now but it really does make it easier to do stamping since you can stamp in the same spot more than once if it doesn't come out as dark as you would like or if you want to stamp multiple things the same way such as invitations or Christmas cards. 

Finally, Elton John came back out and the two of them did the finale together.  Piano Man was a perfect choice to end the concert with.  For this layout I used the overlays again.  They come with a plain white background but I changed the paper to a blue instead.   I think the piano keys work really well.  



 Rather than just focus on the performers, I tried to get the song images, like the ballerina in "Tiny Dancer," and the Yellow Brick Road.  Funnily, when Billy Joel sang "We Didn't Start the Fire" and the verse came up about "England's got a new Queen," a picture of Elton John was flashed.  There was a really good write up about the show by Jim Harrington of the San Jose Mercury, which I printed and added to the last pages.



In 2012 I read that Billy Joel did not want to do the Face to Face tours anymore because he said it "restricted his set list."  Sir Elton had another reason for not wanting to tour with Billy Joel, stating that he was drinking a little too much.  Last I read, though, they had "patched things up" and were friends again, although no touring together planned.

There is "E."  Have you ever seen Sir Elton or Billy Joel?  Used a MISTI?  Love to hear comments!


You can click over to the main A to Z Challenge page to see what other participants have come up with for this letter, and come back to see what F has for us!

12 comments:

  1. What a great story and a beautiful layout! Sounds like that concert was a once in a lifetime event!

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie. It was really good. Between the two of them they have SO many hits!

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  2. I never knew they had toured together. Our wedding song was The One by Elton John. WeekendsInMaine

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    1. They did tour together for a few years in fact. I don't remember The One. I had to go and listen. It's a great song for a wedding! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Hey Janet! I've been taking a blogging break but am popping in and making the rounds to say Hey to a few friends. So glad I chose today to do that. Love your post and am really impressed with the keepsake you created. It's fabulous! I have seen both Elton John (twice) and Billy Joel in concert but never together. I bet that was a great show. Both are awe-inspiring performers.

    I'll probably check in again before the end of the A-Z but I must say, it's been really nice to take a break from the computer as much as possible. I do miss everybody though so I'll be back to it soon enough...
    Have fun with the Challenge. I'm kinda disappointed that I'm not participating this year, especially because I had a great theme (One-Hit Wonders from the 70s) and had almost half of my posts already done but I just wasn't feeling it this time. At least I have a good start on next year's. :)

    Have a good weekend,
    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Thanks Michele! It was a very good show and I'll bet your One-Hit Wonders would have been a good A to Z. Glad being away from the computer has been helpful for you! Hope it is nothing to serious that is keeping you away. You know you are missed :)

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  4. Janet, I enjoy the music of both men, but I think Billy Joel seems more relatable tot he average person. I am so glad you got to see them after the cancellation. Sometimes schedule preclude any kind of makeup opportunities.

    I am laying out the plot of a new historical fiction novel over my 26 A to Z posts. I’d love to have you stop by.

    The Steel Horse Saviors is a story about three civil war veterans who head west in 1866 with their Steam Locomotive to seek their fortune. They encounter a beautiful redhead trying desperately to save her family business that threatens to complicate their plan to escape their past.

    Joe @ the Fiction Playground visiting from the A to Z Challenge

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  5. Yes, Joe, I agree that Billy Joel is a bit more like the average person. Maybe because Sir Elton is English? I was happy that we did not have any other plans and could go to the makeup show. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the heads up about your A to Z. I'll definitely check it out!

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  6. What a pairing of classic artists!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Yes, Arlee. Sometimes I have to go to these concerts just because of who they are!

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  7. Sounds like a wonderful concert!

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    1. It was a good one for sure. Thanks for stopping by, Mike. I appreciate all your comments!

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