Billy Joel Rings In 2018 With New Year’s Extravaganza & Announces 99th MSG Show

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Legendary artist Billy Joel, like many New York City area 60-somethings, likes to winter in Florida. The Piano Man ended 2017 and started with 2018 with a 28-song New Year’s Eve concert at the BB&T Center in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Sunrise. Joel also announced the latest show on his unprecedented monthly run at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Billy Joel will play his 99th show at The Garden on June 2. The performance marks the 53rd of his monthly residency at the venue, which started in January 2014. All 52 have sold-out and the same is likely of #53. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 12 at 10 a.m. ET.

Joel opened his New Year’s Eve performance in South Florida with the fitting “Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway).” The three-hour concert included an impressive mix of hits, deep cuts and covers. “Joel sounded as powerful and vibrant as he did when he sold out show after show after show at venues like Philadelphia’s Spectrum in the 80s. The BB&T Center was sold out as well — filled not only by fans who likely saw him in the 80s, but their kids, too. Joel is one of those rare artists whose music truly spans generations. … Billy Joel may be the elder statesman of rock/pop at this point, but he’s an elder statesman who leads by example. He knows what he’s doing, clearly respects his audience, and is still having fun,” wrote Boca News Now.

Billy made mention of his daughter Alexa Ray’s engagement, which took place just hours earlier. As usual, Joel gave fans plenty of choices of what he and the band played. On New Year’s Eve, “She’s Got A Way” won over “Everybody Loves You Now,” then “The Longest Time” garnered more cheers than “This Night,” while “Zanzibar” and “Vienna” took the honors over “Stiletto” and “Just The Way You Are” respectively.

The Piano Man for just the 10th documented version of “Stop In Nevada” and just the 24th “All About Soul.” Billy loves to work covers into the mix and he played either full versions or snippets of “Purple Haze,” “Bennie & The Jets,” “Twist & Shout” and “Be-Bop-A-Lula.” Joel rocked out “Honky Tonk Women” ahead of a countdown to 2017, which was followed by the traditional “Auld Lang Syne.” A six-song encore included “We Didn’t Start The Fire,” “Uptown Girl,” “It’s Still Rock & Roll To Me,” “Big Shot,” “Only The Good Die Young” and “You May Be Right.”

Watch pro-shot footage of the countdown:

Here’s 15 minutes of fan-shot footage featuring the end of 2017 and the start of 2018 captured by Hartsfelder18:

Setlist

Billy Joel at BB&T Center

  • Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)
  • Pressure
  • She's Got a Way  
  • This Is the Time
  • The Longest Time  
  • Zanzibar  
  • Vienna  
  • Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)  
  • Stop in Nevada
  • Purple Haze  
  • New York State of Mind
  • Don't Ask Me Why
  • All About Soul
  • Allentown
  • She's Always a Woman
  • Honky Tonk Women  
  • Auld lang syne  
  • My Life  
  • 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