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Local References Abound at Billy Joel’s Hollywood Bowl Debut

At one point during Saturday’s Hollywood Bowl concert, the first of three debut-dates for Billy Joel, he performed “Say Goodbye to Hollywood.” Per a review by Orange County Register critic Ben Wener, he told the audience he hasn’t performed that one live since the 1980s and joked that it might quickly turn into a “rock ’n’ roll screw-up.”

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Meanwhile, in his write-up, LA Times critic Randall Roberts leads with some information shared Saturday that probably surprised many in the 17,000-plus audience. The origins of one of Joel’s most famous hits:

“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.

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Wainwright Huge Draw For H’wood Heavyweights, Homos

rufus.jpegThe combination of Rufus Wainwright and some classic Judy Garland songs proved to be an attraction that some of Hollywood’s elite couldn’t resist.

Thus, Wainwright’s Sunday night show at the Hollywood Bowl was a veritable who’s who of Tinseltown‘s gay bold-faced names along with some female celebs thrown in for good measure.

FBLA was in the mix in a big way with VIP seats just a stone’s throw from the stage (thanks, Michael), surrounded by all the town’s A-listers.

Seated directly in front of us – surrounded by a trio of pretty boys – was David Geffen, who often was the first to rise to two feet with an energetic applause.

And he wasn’t the only one. Also spotted in FBLA’s immediate vicinity were heavyweight industryites Barry Diller, Bill Condon, Donald DeLine, Laurence Mark, Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Swank (with John Campisi), WMA agent Rena Ronson, Bruce Vilanch, Ryan Murphy, Bruce Cohen, Dan Bucatinsky and others like Dita Von Teese, Ann Magnuson and Robert Gant

And though they may be power players, that didn’t stop some of the notable concert-goers – treated to Wainwright’s renditions of Garland’s beloved tunes, at times accompanied by his mother, sister and Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft – from letting loose and sneaking in some party favors.

Yeah, it’s true: FBLA saw what David Geffen was passing around – and it wasn’t a bottle of Pinot. We won’t out everyone we saw indulging in illegal yet typical concert behavior but you know who you are!

- CHRIS GARDNER

FBLA Concert Ticket Giveaway: Rufus Wainwright Sings Judy Garland

rufus.190.1.jpgAre you man enough to admit that you’re dying to see Rufus Wainwright sings Judy Garland at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday? Well, are ya?

No? Fine. Be that way, but at least enter our contest to win some tickets for your lady friends. Or the secret gay lover you hide from your wife. Rufus Wainwright played Judy Garland hits at Carnegie Hall last year to thunderous applause.

Now he’ll perform that famous set at the Hollywood Bowl with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and a handpicked quartet at 7 p.m. on Sunday,

Be the first to e-mail us (at fishbowlla@mediabistro.com)with Judy Garland’s given name, and you’ll win the tix.

Good luck!

Win a VIP Hollywood Bowl Experience

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Our buddies at fanscape.com are once again offering loyal FBLA readers tickets to some hot shows, this time at the Hollywood Bowl.

This time around, the contest will be run on their site — and they’re going to ask you a lot of questions about your cell phone preferences, but the tickets are pretty hot. Plus, the PR guys gave us their IM screen names, so if you’re bombarded with spam, tell us, and we’ll help you get back at them.

There are 15 Grand Prizes, a pair of tickets to each of the following shows:

The Decemberists (July 7th)

Cafe Tacuba (July 15th)

Cool Britannia! With Jamie Cullum (July 21)

Plus a Bristol Farms picnic basket voucher

Check out this link to enter. Good luck!