Last week was a busy one in New York; Pope Francis visited the Big Apple for the first time, the Giants had their first victory after beginning the season 0-2, and the Yankees continued to battle it out for first place in the American League East. Even with all of that going on, the biggest story to come out of the city may have been Pizza Rat. What exactly is Pizza Rat? Well, he or she is a rat who attempted to bring a slice of pizza down the stairs of a New York City subway station. Someone captured the event on video and uploaded it to YouTube. Quickly going viral, the clip has already garnered well over 6 million views on the video-sharing website.
Fans at AT&T Park just before Billy Joel came on stage.
On September 5 during a trip to San Francisco, CA, I attended a concert by the Piano Man himself, Billy Joel. This was a very special night for him since it was the first time in 43 years that he was performing in the city. He last had a gig there all the way back in 1972, performing at the now-shuttered nightclub The Boarding House.
He played a great mix of his best known hits while also adding in some of his lesser known songs. There was "Piano Man" and "New York State of Mind" and "It's All Still Rock and Roll To Me," but also "Vienna" and "Zanzibar." It was an excellent show all around. It had great music, a great location on the water, and everybody was having a great time. There was definitely a good vibe going on in that ballpark, and some people were dancing the entire time (no doubt assisted in this endeavor by a drink or two).
Since then, I've had some time to think about why Billy Joel has held up as a popular touring artist all these years. I've come up with a few ideas which are, with the exception of the final one, in no particular order.
New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra passed away in his sleep late Tuesday night in West Caldwell, New Jersey. He was 90 years old.
Yogi Berra was one of baseball’s most beloved players of all-time, playing almost his entire 19-year career with the New York Yankees from 1946 until 1963. Often regarded as one the greatest catchers in Major League Baseball history, during his tenure in pinstripes, Berra was selected to the All-Star team during 15 seasons, including 14 consecutive seasons between 1948 and 1961. Berra was also the AL MVP three times, in 1951, 1954, and 1955.
Last month, One Direction announced they will begin an extended hiatus “at some point next year,” which came as a shock to 1D fans across the globe. As upset as the band’s millions of fans were to hear this, they knew there was a silver lining to all of this; One Direction was to release a new album before they begin their hiatus. Well now, new details about the upcoming album have emerged.
With the specifics coming via a 15-second video uploaded to the group’s Twitter account, it is now known the album will be titled Made In the A.M. Currently available for pre-order, barring any setbacks, the album will be released on November 13 of this year.