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Billy Joel's first concert at Hollywood Bowl: An L.A. 'Piano Man'
Billy Joel's first concert at Hollywood Bowl: An L.A. 'Piano Man'

"Here's a song I wrote when I was working at Wilshire and Western," Billy Joel said Saturday during his first ever performance at the Hollywood Bowl, introducing "Piano Man" from 1973. The detail no doubt came as a surprise to many who consider Joel an archetypal New Yorker and the record a celebration of city life.  But, no, for a few years in the early 1970s, Joel lived in Los Angeles, where he spent time sparring with labels and lawyers and entertaining the boozers at a piano bar called the Executive Room. There he met the characters who occupied the song he and his band delivered to the sold-out Hollywood Bowl. On "a pretty good night for a...

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