Billy Joel performed his 100th-lifetime performance on July 17 in New York, during his massively successful monthly residency at Madison Square Garden. The six-time Grammy winner dazzled fans at The World's Most Famous Arena with a hit-filled 26-song setlist, which included a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen.
Billboard reports on July 19 that The Piano Man floored fans at The Garden by bringing out The Boss about half way through the evening. The pair of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers paired up to perform Springsteen's classic singles “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” and “Born to Run.”
Fans who missed the milestone performance at MSG can watch this rare teaming of rock royalty courtesy of fan-shot footage. Even before Joel finishes Springsteen's introduction, the pumped audience have been provided with enough clues to begin chanting “Bruuuuce!”
Absolute pandemonium breaks loose at The Garden as Springsteen casually saunters onstage, embracing Joel and congratulating his old friend on his 100th show. Excitement continues to build as the band kick into the familiar layered intro of Springsteen's classic 1975 single “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” with Joel and Springsteen trading off verses. Check out the action in the clip above.
The show was a landmark event for Joel, marking his record-breaking 54th residency appearance along with his 100th performance overall at Madison Square Garden. In recognition of the achievement, Governor Andrew Cuomo honored the New York native by proclaiming Wednesday as “Billy Joel Day.”
Fans can catch Joel on the road during his upcoming U.S. stadium tour. His next will take place July 27 in Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. The “Just the Way You Are” hitmaker recently expanded his monthly New York run into December and will make next residency appearance on Aug. 23 at Madison Square Garden.