John Mellencamp joined Billy Joel on March 3 in New York at The Piano Man's record-breaking residency at Madison Square Garden. The pair of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers punched out Mellencamp's 1983 hit “Authority Song” in front of an ecstatic sold-out audience at The Garden.
Billboard reports on March 5 that the “Hurt So Good” hitmaker strolled on stage towards the end of Joel's set to the delight of fans to perform the single from his classic 1983 studio album Uh Huh. Mellencamp was the final guest in a star-studded evening which also featured a mini-reunion of The Young Rascals' co-founders Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish, who teamed for a rollicking version of their 1966 hit “Good Lovin'.”
In the 5:00 minute fan-shot video, Mellencamp and Joel, who inducted the fellow Grammy winner into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, embrace as MSG fans howl their approval. Joel backs his fellow multi-platinum seller on piano as Mellencamp heads to center stage to strut his stuff, singing, “They like to get you in a compromising position/They like to get you there and smile in your face.”
“Authority Song” was one of three big hits from Uh Huh along with “Pink Houses” and “Crumblin' Down.” Fans can check out the footage from MSG above.
Mellencamp recently announced a 27-city U.S. summer tour that will launch June 5 in Greenwood Village, Colorado, at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre and wrap up Sept. 1 in Essex Junction, Vermont, at Champlain Valley Fair. The tour will be in support of the Heartland rocker's upcoming studio album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, which will hit shelves on April 23 via Republic Records. Tickets for select John Mellencamp dates are available at AXS.
Joel continues his ongoing residency on April 14 in New York at Madison Square Garden. Fans can also catch the six-time Grammy winner during his upcoming tour stops on March 24 in Lincoln, Nebraska, at Pinnacle Bank Arena and April 5 in Long Island, New York, at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Tickets for select Billy Joel dates are available at AXS.