Last night Billy Joel continued his record-breaking residency at Madison Square Garden in New York City, where he made a few mentions of the terrorist attacks in Paris and welcomed a pair of special guests including jazz legend Chick Corea.
Billy and his band opened the show with a stirring rendition of the French National Anthem that they transitioned into “My Life.” Joel told the crowd, “Thanks for coming tonight. A lot of people are scared, but we have to keep doing what we do as free people…so fuck ’em!” As per tradition, The Piano Man let fans vote on certain songs with “Vienna” winning out over “Just The Way You Are” and “The Stranger” losing to “Say Goodbye To Hollywood.” Six songs in Corea emerged to help out on “Big Man On Mulberry Street,” “Zanzibar” and “New York State Of Mind.”
Later in the show, Billy welcomed flutist Cindy Ruggles for “She’s Always A Woman.” Throughout the night the New York native worked portions of covers into the performance such as The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen and Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away.” The evening came to a close with a long string of Joel’s biggest hits.
Watch the beginning of the show captured by Daniel Maldonado:
Here’s video of Corea’s guest spot thanks to SomewhereInJersey: