This past Thursday night (Nov. 19), Billy Joel completed his latest residency at one of New York City's biggest venues, Madison Square Garden, where he performed with jazz legend Chick Corea, and paid tribute to Paris, saying of the terrorists who committed the dreadful acts last week, "F**k 'em!"
The New York City native, who even has his own joint MSG website at this point, opened his set with his own version of the French National Anthem, which then fed into his first song of the night, his classic track, "My Life." According to a fan's post to Instagram, the singer told the crowd "Thanks for coming tonight. A lot of people are scared, but we have to keep doing what we do as free people...so f**k 'em!"
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Jam Base reported that in typical fashion, Joel had fans vote on whether they wanted to hear "Vienna" or "Just The Way You Are," the first of which won, and "The Stranger" or "Say Goodbye To Hollywood," the latter of which was performed. Chick Corea performed on "Big Man On Mulberry Street," "Zanzibar" and the Piano Man's classic, "New York State Of Mind."
As always, the singer/pianist, who recently performed at Game 3 of the New York Mets' losing 2015 World Series (which was ill-advised by superstitionists considering the singer had performed the last time the Mets lost), performed a few cover songs including one of The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night," as well as "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen.
Joel will perform at MSG one last time this year on December 17, but don't worry, he'll be back there in 2016 with three dates already scheduled on January 7, February 13 and March 15.