I know I am a bit of an oddball in terms of a music site. Which means sometimes people appreciate that my posts are more personal and less music critique – and some don’t. It also means “you win some, you lose some” in terms of requesting to photograph shows. Photographing Billy Joel at Denver’s Coors Field was a big (long) shot for me. But I had to try since he is one of my very favorite artists, he was one of the very few artists my recently deceased mother loved, and – hello – I even named my cat after him.
I already had tickets on the field with some of my best friends (I was clicking the minute they went on sale) but when the photo approval email came in, I actually had tears running down my face. That maybe sounds a bit overly dramatic, but I think all the fans at the show will get where I am coming from. I talked to several people who had flown in from all over because the stadium tour was a limited run.
These ladies made it a 1985 high school reunion.
I got to watch them from side stage as we waited to shoot the first three songs, and they were having a ball. A great reminder of the bond music can have over a lifetime.
My photos below are maybe not my best-ever work but they mean so much to me. I have been listening to Billy Joel my entire life. He is one of the greatest songwriters ever. And he came to Denver, played a special venue on a gorgeous night, with a setlist (below) packed with magical songs. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
Billy Joel – Denver Concert Photos – Coors Field 2019
Here are a few photos from my phone after I stowed my big-girl camera and watched the rest of the show with friends (and my husband). Everyone always asks me what kind of camera I have, but the best one is what you have with you to capture the times of your life with special people.
Much love from a very happy fan.
Billy Joel Setlist
Coors Field Denver
August 8, 2019
A Matter of Trust
Rocky Mountain Way (Joe Walsh cover) (Sung by saxophonist Mark Rivera)
Vienna (Audience choice over Just the Way You Are)
The Ballad of Billy the Kid
Don’t Ask Me Why
The Downeaster Alexa
Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)
New York State of Mind (dedicated to Billy’s former teacher who was in attendance)
Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)
I Go to Extremes
She’s Always a Woman
Only the Good Die Young
The River of Dreams
Take It Easy (Eagles cover) (with The River of Dreams reprise)
Nessun Dorma (Giacomo Puccini cover) (sung by Mike DelGuidice)
Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
We Didn’t Start the Fire
It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me
You May Be Right (with “Rock and Roll” by Led Zeppelin snippet)