has grown so sick of performing to front rows full of unimpressed concertgoers at his shows, he created a new policy that the best seats be reserved for his most ardent fans. The singer hated looking into the first few rows at a venue and seeing rich people who were content to just sit and watch him perform, and so he has started insisting that he gets to fill the best seats with true fans.
He explains, "The guy's there with the girlfriend ... 'OK, Piano Man, entertain me,' and they don't do anything. It was a drag and you'd hear all the kids yelling in the back and you know they didn't get a shot at those tickets. So I said, 'To hell with this. No more front row and second row tickets going on sale. We're gonna hold the tickets.'"
"What we do is before the show starts, when the audience starts coming in, we send the road crew out with the tickets and they give the tickets to the kids in the back ... so you look down and see all these good-looking girls ... and that doesn't hurt the show."
Joel even convinced gay pop superstar Elton John to try the idea when they toured together. He adds, "I saw a little light bulb go off ... and the next day we did a show and there were all these cute boys. He was really happy to see an enthusiastic group of people in the front."
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