Billy Joel Is Coming To Cleveland
Start writing a post
Entertainment

Billy Joel Is Coming To Cleveland

What the return of the stadium concert should mean to you, regardless of your taste in music.

3
Billy Joel Is Coming To Cleveland
Performing Songwriter

July 14, 2017 is going to be a great day for Cleveland. On Thursday Jan. 5, it was announced that for the first time in 21 years this city is going to host a true Rock and Roll stadium concert, with none other than 1999 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Billy Joel packing Progressive Stadium. I’m not trying to shill for the concert’s promoters, or even argue it is imperative that everyone attend the show in person. I’m probably not going to be able to afford tickets myself, unless Billy Joel is reading this article himself and feels generous (and if you are, Mr. Joel, I’m flattered that you’d take the time and I prefer an aisle seat.) But even if, God forbid, you aren’t a fan of the Piano Man, as residents of Cleveland I think it’s important to reflect on what this performance means both with regard to our history and to the future.

Cleveland is the undisputed home of Rock and Roll, ever since radio jockey Alan "Moondog" Freed coined the term here in the early fifties. That we haven’t had a rock and roll concert in any of our stadiums since the opening of the Rock Hall itself is a travesty, considering Municipal Stadium used to draw massive crowds of rock lovers for the World Series of Rock Concert series in the late seventies.

Other performers have appeared here, and some have performed at Progressive Field or FirstEnergy Stadium, to be sure, but even though those other performers, including but not limited to Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffet and One Direction are all fine artists, they aren’t rock icons. The last time true Rock and Roll played in one of our stadiums, it commemorated the opening of the Rock Hall itself, and the dearth of programming which followed is very nearly a travesty. To quote: “everyone’s talking ‘bout the new sound, funny, but it’s still rock and roll to me.”It isn’t the Pop, Country or Jazz Hall of Fame which is so deeply ingrained in our collective conscious, one of the cornerstones of our identity as Clevelanders. However you may feel about it, Rock and Roll is part of Cleveland’s cultural heritage, and that it should make such a triumphant “return” of sorts should be a point of pride for everyone who lives here, another jewel in the crown of the city’s recent upswing, on par with the rousing success of the Republican National Convention last year. Regardless of your political leanings, anyone with a personal stake in Cleveland’s prestige could look at how we acquitted ourselves that week and be proud of how the city rose to the occasion, while all eyes were focused squarely on the edge of Lake Erie.

Then there’s the distinct possibility that the Billy Joel show will attract other famous rock artists to Cleveland. Guns N’ Roses, Pearl Jam and U2 are all planning stadium tours for the summer months, and Pearl Jam is the biggest name to come out of this year’s list of Rock Hall inductees, so anything is possible. Tickets go on sale starting at 10 a.m. on Jan. 9 and will be on sale through Jan. 12, 10 p.m. If you’re interested in attending, and taking someone whose writing inspired you to go with you, I’ll leave a link here. We’ve been hearing stories for a long time now about how Cleveland is flourishing, experiencing a Golden Age, or a Renaissance, whichever you prefer. The return of live Rock and Roll to our shores, and our stadiums, after such an extended hiatus is just one more example of why right now is a really great time to be living, working, or growing up in Cleveland. Regardless of whether or not I can get tickets.


Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

Are New Year’s Resolutions Overrated? Why Not?

Every year, the same debates spark around the idea of new year’s resolutions. Some people think it’s the perfect time to turn over a new leaf, while others point to studies that show the failure rate of these resolutions. Spoiler alert: most fail.

11027
New Year’s Resolutions Overrated

Every year, the same debates spark around the idea of new year’s resolutions. Some people think it’s the perfect time to turn over a new leaf, while others point to studies that show the failure rate of these resolutions. Spoiler alert: most fail.

Keep Reading... Show less
How to Use Your Passion for Writing to Complete Academic Essays

Academic paper writing is often considered one of the most dreaded parts of college for students. Most people hate it, even if they are into writing in general. Many students feel like it puts them into a box where no creative expression is possible. Like having to use a more formal tone of voice and thinking about referencing restricts one’s flow of thought.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

How Long Would It Take To Mine A Bitcoin?

No one will give you the correct answer to this question because there are a lot of details that they need to know. But, you can roughly estimate it based on the equipment you have a few more factors. One thing that needs to be mentioned is that mining has changed a lot over the years.

63330
Mine A Bitcoin

they need to know. But, you can roughly estimate it based on the equipment you have a few more factors. One thing that needs to be mentioned is that mining has changed a lot over the years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

5 Cakes You Need to Try This Winter

Spending the winter trying different cakes can be a great way to combat seasonal depression. Lift the spirits of your entire family by trying these five cakes.

60278
Try This Winter

The winter can be a dull time spent indoors with very little change. But, it doesn't have to be that way. There are plenty of ways to spice up your daily routine, and dessert is one of them.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

5 Reasons to Consider a Career as a Defense Lawyer

Lawyers are supposed to be unbiased. Lawyers are trained to look at both sides of an issue and give equal weight to each side. It is meant to be their mantra, "My client is innocent until proven guilty."

121039
Career as a Defense Lawyer

Lawyers are supposed to be unbiased. Lawyers are trained to look at both sides of an issue and give equal weight to each side. It is meant to be their mantra, "My client is innocent until proven guilty." But if you're thinking about becoming a defense attorney, it's not this pretty simple. Defense lawyers argue that their clients are innocent because they don't want their actions to seem suspect in any way. They essentially say for the sake of the argument itself. If you're trying to decide whether or not becoming a defense attorney is something you would like to do, here are five reasons why it's worth considering:

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments