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Billy Joel turns 70 today (May 9) and he’s celebrating by performing another sold-out gig at Madison Square Garden as part of his long-running residency at the iconic New York City venue.

Since his residency began in January 2014, Joel has always tried to keep fans guessing during his monthly MSG shows and has welcomed a variety of special guests.  In honor of The Piano Man’s birthday, here are seven of our favorite residency cameos.


Christie Brinkley

Joel’s August 2014 residency show saw him dust off “Uptown Girl,” which, of course, is about his ex-wife Brinkley, but the audience blew up once they saw the supermodel on the jumbotron in attendance.

Billy Joel Serenades Christie Brinkley

Billy Joel Serenades Christie Brinkley during Uptown Girl Performance over 30 years later


Jimmy Fallon

The Tonight Show host joined Joel at his 25 residency gig in January 2016, where he did his best Mick Jagger impersonation for a performance of “Start Me Up.”  It’s equal parts ridiculous and fun.

Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon 'Start Me Up' (MSG - January 7, 2016)

Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon cover The Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up" during Billy's concert at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, on January 7, 2016.


Brian Johnson

Considering Johnson’s somewhat recent retirement from the stage, this performance of “You Shook Me All Night Long” from Joel’s December 2014 residency show is all the more poignant.

Brian Johnson & Billy Joel - You Shook Me All Night Long (Orlando - Dec. 31, 2014)

AC/DC's Brian Johnson joins Billy Joel on stage for a performance of "You Shook Me All Night Long" at Amway Center in Orlando, FL, on New Year's Eve, December 31, 2014.


John Mellencamp

Indiana’s favorite son made his second guest appearance during Joel’s residency at the March 2017 show.  This time around, Mellencamp and Joel dueted on “Authority Song” to a raucous crowd.

John Mellencamp and Billy Joel - "Authority Song" - Live at MSG 3.3.17

John joins Billy Joel and his band on stage at Madison Square Garden for a scorching performance of John's 1984 hit "Authority Song" on March 3, 2017. Andy York, the lead guitarist from the Mellencamp band, is on stage with Billy's band as well.


Foreigner’s Lou Gramm and Mick Jones

During Joel’s January 2018 MSG show, Gramm and Jones surprised the capacity crowd and performed two of their biggest hits, “Urgent” and “Cold As Ice.”


Bruce Springsteen

For Joel’s 100th show ever at MSG, The Boss joined The Piano Man on stage performed “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” and “Born To Run”

Billy Joel Bruce Springsteen MSG 7/18/18 #BillyJoelMSG100

Billy Joel and band with surprise guest Bruce Springsteen at Billy's 100th career MSG show, July 18 2018. 10th Avenue Freeze Out and Born to Run (2nd half of the latter in the video). Filmed by me from MSG section 105.


John Fogerty

John Fogerty joined Joel for two songs during his March 2019 MSG gig: Creedence Clearwater Revival classics “Up Around The Bend” and “Fortunate Son.”

John Fogerty with Billy Joel at MSG 3-21-19

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Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.