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The reason Billy Joel loses $20,000 at every show.

Not that he needs the money, but Billy Joel loses $20,000 at every show because he doesn’t sell the seats in the front rows.  We found this story on cheetsheet.com.

Billy plays a lot of shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City and they sell out all the time.  Joel has performed at least one show a month at the venerated arena since 2014.  Joel plays sold-out stadiums across the nation and the globe. He has performed in cities worldwide, including Dublin, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, and Melbourne.  Each show’s total ticket sales can make millions of dollars.

He is 73-years-old now and has played 134 shows at Madison Square Garden throughout his career and has no plans of retiring anytime soon.

 Why Is Billy Joel Losing Money At Every Show

At every show, he never sells front-row tickets.  In fact, he leaves the first few rows unsold.  But that doesn’t mean those seats remain empty.   He explained in an interview on Jimmy Kimmel back in 2014, that the first-row tickets are always scalper tickets.  Billy knows his real fans cannot afford front row tickets and they are stuck way in the back.   So, he decided not to sell the front row seats anymore, he gives them away.   Billy sends crew members to the seats in the back to find enthusiastic ticketholders. The crew upgrades them to free front-row tickets, and Joel enjoys seeing genuine fans’ reactions while he performs.

This loses Joel $20,000 to $50,000 per show, but Joel believes that having real, passionate fans in the front rows is priceless.


This Florida City Has Been Named One Of The Best Cities In The South

A Florida city has been named as one of the best cities in the South by Southern Living. We know that the state of Florida have some great cities, but only one is on the list. The list is voted on by the publication’s readers.

There are ten states on the list with four states that have three cities on their list. Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia are the states with the most cities. Many of these southern cities you have most likely visited and would probably visit again. I am surprised that more Florida cities aren’t on the list. Driving through Florida there are beautiful cities to visit, but this list didn’t name them. Maybe the publication’s readers will visit more cities in Florida and put them on next year’s list.

When looking at this list I can totally understand the top cities. Southern Living says, “The South’s many metros are destinations that do it all. They’re hubs of art, culture, and cuisine, not to mention athletics and yes, even outdoor adventure.”

Even though one Florida cities made the list of best cities in the South we know Florida has the best cities. Check out the list below.

  • 15 - Orlando

    The one Florida city on the list is Orlando. We know that there are many things to do in Orlando. The readers of Southern Living say this is one the best cities in the South.

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  • 5 - Nashville

    Music City makes the list at #5. If you have been there before then you know how great of a city it is. You can see live country music pretty much wherever you go.

    Nashville Tennessee

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  • 4 - Atlanta

    Southern Living says about Atlanta, “Sprawling parks and bustling food halls, huge sports stadiums and the World of Coca-Cola–this city is a veritable choose-your-own adventure destination.”

    Downtown Atlanta center area skyline cityscape of  USA

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  • 3 - Asheville, NC

    This city is absolutely beautiful. Set right in the mountains it has has great places to visit and stay. If you go there make sure you check out the Biltmore.

    Downtown Asheville North Carolina NC Skyline Aerial

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  • 2 - Savannah

    I just got back from Savannah and I agree with the list that it is one of the best southern cities. It is a great walking city with many things to see. Check out the candy stores, the great food and the beautiful squares that are in downtown Savannah.

    Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia

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  • 1 - Charleston, SC

    Charleston is a population tourist destination and a well deserved #1. Southern Living says, “…the vibrant culinary scene, the fantastic shops and boutiques, the coastal breezes blowing in over the Battery–it’s no shock that The Holy City stays at the top of this list year after year.”

    St. Michaels Church and Broad St. in Charleston, SC

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  • The Top 20 Best Southern Cities

    1. Charleston, SC
    2. Savannah, GA
    3. Asheville, NC
    4. Atlanta, GA
    5. Nashville, TN
    6. New Orleans, LA
    7. Greenville, SC
    8. Chattanooga, TN
    9. Alpharetta, GA
    10. Austin, TX
    11. Charlotte, NC
    12. Raleigh, NC
    13. Fort Worth, TX
    14. Franklin, TN
    15. Orlando, FL
    16. Birmingham, AL
    17. Dallas, TX
    18. Huntsville, AL
    19. Bentonville, AR
    20. Richmond, VA