Billy Joel Hosts Foreigner Reunion At Madison Square Garden

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Legendary performer Billy Joel continued his unprecedented run of sold-out concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Thursday night. The 48th show of Billy’s monthly residency and his 94th overall at The Garden featured a reunion of the two men best associated with iconic rock band Foreigner.

In the middle of his show, Billy Joel mentioned Mick Jones produced his 1989 studio album, Storm Front. The Piano Man went on to discuss Jones’ role behind all of Foreigner’s huge hits and that Lou Gramm was the voice in those hits. With that, Joel welcomed Jones and Gramm to the stage. Mick Jones has been touring for years without Lou Gramm, though the pair reunited a few times last year including for the encore of a Foreigner show at the nearby Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater.

Billy Joel and his band backed Lou Gramm and Mick Jones on two of Foreigner’s most beloved songs, “Urgent” and “Cold As Ice.” Joel had previously inducted the pair into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2013, one of the few times the duo performed together in recent years. The rest of The Piano Man’s concert featured his usual mix of fan favorites, deep cuts, greatest hits and snippets of such covers as “Midnight Rider” and “Layla.” Billy let the audience decide between a few songs played and “A Matter Of Trust,” “Vienna” and “Don’t Ask Me Why” were among the winners.

Watch footage of the mini-Foreigner reunion thanks to Jim Powers:

[Urgent]

[Cold As Ice]

Setlist

Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden

  • Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)
  • Pressure
  • A Matter of Trust  
  • She's Got a Way
  • Vienna  
  • The Entertainer  
  • Zanzibar  
  • Don't Ask Me Why  
  • Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
  • Stop in Nevada
  • Allentown
  • New York State of Mind
  • The Downeaster Alexa
  • Urgent  
  • Cold as Ice  
  • My Life
  • Sometimes a Fantasy
  • She's Always a Woman
  • The River of Dreams
  • Nessun dorma  
  • Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
  • Piano Man
Encore
  • We Didn't Start the Fire
  • Uptown Girl
  • It's Still Rock and Roll to Me
  • Big Shot
  • Only the Good Die Young
  • You May Be Right  

Tour Dates for
Billy Joel

  • Oct
    27
    2018
  • Nov
    10
    2018
  • Dec
    19
    2018
  • Dec
    31
    2018
  • Jan
    11
    2019
  • Jun
    22
    2019