Billy Joel continues to pull out surprises at his ongoing monthly run at Madison Square Garden. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer performed his 55th residency appearance on Aug. 23 in New York at The World's Greatest Arena, dazzling fans with a hit-filled 24-song setlist, which included a surprise appearance from Bryan Adams.
UltimateClassicRock reports on Aug. 24 that the pair of Grammy winners joined forces during the night's final encore on two vintage rock classics. Adams thrilled the sold-out crowd at The Garden with a cover of his 1985 rock anthem “Summer of 69” and then backed The Piano Man on the night's closing number – Joel's 1980 single “You May Be Right.”
Fans who missed the action can check out fan-shot footage of the performance. The sold-out crowd at The Garden howls with delight as Adams strolls on stage to the instantly familiar chugging guitar intro of his signature song and plays cheerleader as the audience chants the opening verse themselves, singing, “I got my first real six-string/Bought it at the five-and-dime/Played it til my fingers bled/Was the summer of '69.”
Earlier in the show, Joel paid tribute to the late great Aretha Franklin, performing a cover of The Queen of Soul's signature song "Respect." Last month, the legendary New York singer-songwriter performed his 100th lifetime MSG performance at a sold-out show, which featured a surprise appearance by fellow rock icon Bruce Springsteen. Fans can catch Joel at his next U.S. tour stop on Sept. 21 in Kansas City, MO, at Kauffman Stadium or at his next residency appearance, which will take place Sept. 30 at Madison Square Garden. Grab your Billy Joel tickets now at AXS.
Adams wrapped up his 2018 summer trek through Canada on Aug. 3 in Toronto, which included a surprise guest appearance with Taylor Swift. His Ultimate World Tour continues overseas on Oct. 9 in Ahmedabad, India, at Sarder Patel Stadium/