Joel turned 65 and celebrated the occasion with one of his monthly shows at Madison
Square Garden in New York City. The audience was packed with celebrities and a few of
them, Howard Stern and Jimmy Fallon, turned up on stage
during the 23-song
performance. Stern, who dubbed Joel "Saint Billy," led the crowd in singing "Happy
Birthday" to the legendary performer.
The Piano Man was introduced by Stern, who revealed that Billy was donating the proceeds
from the evening's concert to the North Shore Animal League animal shelter. Howard, Beth
Stern and Billy's girlfriend Alexis each brought puppies on stage with them to show the
beneficiaries of the show. Joel worked through a number of greatest hits, but there was
also a rarity he played. Billy performed "Scandinavian
Skies," a song he recently revealed was about heroin, for the first time since 1982.
Jimmy Fallon came out about halfway through the show to duet with Billy on "The Lion
Sleeps Tonight," reprising March performance from The Tonight
. Fallon than took off his coat to reveal a striped jacket and brought out his
barbershop quartet for a take on Inner Circle's "Sweat (A La La Long)." The audience then
once again sang "Happy Birthday" to Billy. The show, which was played before a capacity
crowd, came to a close with opening act Gavin DeGraw helping out on "You May Be Right."
Watch a few of the highlights of the show via Somewhere In
[Howard Stern Leads Birthday Singalong]
[Jimmy Fallon & Billy Joel Duet On Lion Sleeps Tonight]
[Jimmy Fallon's Barbershop Quartet Makes Billy Sweat]
Here's the setlist from Billy Joel's birthday gala:
[Published on: 5/10/14]