Billy Joel is in his fourth year as the “fourth franchise” at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, with his upcoming show on May 25 being his 41st residency gig.
(We’ll wait while you wrap your head around just how staggering that number is…)
Since his residency began in January 2014, Joel has always tried to keep fans guessing during his monthly MSG show and has welcomed a variety of special guests. In honor of “The Piano Man’s” birthday, here are five of our favorite residency cameos.
Joel’s August 2014 residency show saw him dust off “Uptown Girl,” which, of course, is about his ex-wife Brinkley, but the audience blew up once they saw the supermodel on the jumbotron in attendance.
Billy Joel Serenades Christie Brinkley during Uptown Girl Performance over 30 years later
The Tonight Show host joined Joel at his 25 residency gig in January 2016, where he did his best Mick Jagger impersonation for a performance of “Start Me Up.” It’s equal parts ridiculous and fun. One might say the video below is ridiculously fun.
Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon cover The Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up" during Billy's concert at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, on January 7, 2016.
The House of Cards actor is the most recent cameo on our list and appeared at Joel’s April 2017 residency show to duet on “New York State of Mind.”
Billy Joel joined on stage by Kevin Spaceat Madison Square Garden on Good Friday, 14th April 2017
Considering Johnson’s somewhat recent retirement from the stage, this performance of “You Shook Me All Night Long” from Joel’s December 2014 residency show is all the more poignant.
AC/DC's Brian Johnson joins Billy Joel on stage for a performance of "You Shook Me All Night Long" at Amway Center in Orlando, FL, on New Year's Eve, December 31, 2014.
Indiana’s favorite son made his second guest appearance during Joel’s residency at the March 2017 show. This time around, Mellencamp and Joel dueted on “Authority Song” to a raucous crowd.
John joins Billy Joel and his band on stage at Madison Square Garden for a scorching performance of John's 1984 hit "Authority Song" on March 3, 2017. Andy York, the lead guitarist from the Mellencamp band, is on stage with Billy's band as well.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel. (True story.)