Billy Joel continues to pull out surprises at his record-breaking Madison Square Garden residency. The hometown hero performed on Feb. 21 in New York at The World's Greatest Arena and dazzled the audience with a hit-filled 27-song setlist, which included the first-ever live performance of his 1993 pop-rocker “A Minor Variation.”
Fans who missed the action can check out The Piano Man's live debut performance of the song courtesy of fan-filmed footage, which was posted on Feb. 22 at YouTube. The show was the six-time Grammy winner's 49th consecutive sold-out performance at The Garden as Joel prepares to celebrate his record-setting 50th consecutive show at MSG on March 28.
“A Minor Variation” was originally recorded on the multi-platinum seller's chart-topping 12th studio album River of Dreams. Released in 1993, it is Joel's last studio effort to date with the title track becoming the legendary New York singer-songwriter's final top five U.S. single.
The three minute and 53 second clip begins with Joel giving brief bandmember introductions. He then tantalizes the audience with a few bars of “A Minor Variation" on piano, followed by a prologue before actually debuting the song.
“So we were rehearsing this song at soundcheck today and we're not sure if we're going to do it live yet,” says Joel during the song's teaser intro. “I'll run a little of it by you guys to see if it's something we should continue to work on.”
The “Just the Way You Are” hitmaker sold his one millionth MSG residency ticket earlier this month and has extended his monthly run into the fall with a newly added show scheduled to take place Sept. 30. Grab your Billy Joel tickets now at AXS. For all the latest details on Billy Joel, click here.