Billy Joel fans who attended his residency show on Jan. 11 in New York at Madison Square Garden received mega bang for their buck. The six-time Grammy winner delighted fans at The Garden by reuniting Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones with ex-lead vocalist Lou Gramm for two songs.
Rolling Stone reports on Jan. 12 that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer introduced the pair after performing his single “The Downeaster Alexa” from his smash 1989 studio album Storm Front, which Jones produced. Joel backed the pair on a powerful rendition of Foreigner's 1981 single “Urgent” and then exited the stage so Jones could take over piano for a cover of Foreigner's 1977 single “Cold As Ice.”
Those who missed the action can check out a 6:12 minute fan-shot YouTube footage of the reunion above. The crowd roars it's approval as Joel welcomes the estranged bandmates on stage with Jones' riffing through the familiar intro to “Urgent.” Their MSG performance of "Cold As Ice" can be viewed here.
The Piano Man brought the two musicians together previously when inducted Jones and Gramm in the Songwriting Hall of Fame in 2013. Earlier this summer, the the classic line up of Foreigner performed together for the first time in 37 years on July 20 in Wantagh, New York, at Jones Beach Theater as part of Foreigner's 40th anniversary celebrations.
Joel recently added his record-breaking 53rd consecutive monthly residency show at The Garden by overwhelming popular demand. The show will take place June 2 in New York at The Garden.
The “Just the Way You Are” hitmaker's new U.S. Stop will take place Feb. 9 in Tampa Bay, Fla., at Amalie Arena. He'll be back in the Big Apple for his next monthly residency show on March 28 at MSG/ Get your Billy Joel tickets now at AXS.
Foreigner's current touring line up will hit the road next on Feb. 22 in McAllen, Texas, at McAllen Performing Arts Center while Lou Gramm and his band will be back in action Jan. 20 in Westbury, New York, at NYCB Theatre At Westbury as part of “The Rock Pack.” Get your Foreigner tickets at AXS.