Billy Joel welcomed shock customer Olivia Rodrigo Wednesday night all through his 82nd consecutive sold-out current at New York’s Madison Sq. Yard for runs through her hit single “Deja Vu” and his private 1983 smash “Uptown Girl,” launched nearly 20 years sooner than Rodrigo was even born.
Decked out in a plunging black excessive, a brown patterned skirt and black leather-based boots, Rodrigo saluted Joel’s have an effect on on her songwriting with “Deja Vu,” which references every Joel and “Uptown Girl.” The pair embraced warmly following the latter.
Previous a delicate stream of hits just like “Merely the Technique You Are,” “Allentown,” “Solely the Good Die Youthful” and “My Life,” Wednesday’s current included rarities such as a result of the opening “A Matter of Perception” (carried out for the first time since 2019 and that features Joel on electrical guitar pretty than piano), “I Go to Extremes” and “The Downeaster Alexa” (with a ripping solo by guitarist Tommy Byrnes).
Joel was in advantageous, self-deprecating form all night, warning the gang that he could not attain a key extreme observe in “An Innocent Man” (he hit it pretty correctly) and thanking Harry Varieties for “taking a night off” from his 15-show MSG residency “so we could squeeze in.”
Rodrigo, 19, isn’t any stranger to along with covers in her private models, principally consisting of songs from inspirations just like Avril Lavigne (“Tough”), Veruca Salt (“Seether”) or No Doubt (“Solely a Girl”). The pop superstar wrapped a tour in assist of her smash hit 2021 debut album “Bitter” with a July 6-7 stand at London’s Eventim Apollo. “Bitter” garnered three Grammy wins, along with most interesting pop vocal album and most interesting new artist for Rodrigo.
Joel, 73, has purchased higher than 1.5 million tickets and grossed higher than $181 million from his MSG residency, which began in 2014 and has beforehand featured shock customer turns from Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Paul Simon, Miley Cyrus and John Mellencamp.
Joel’s closing 4 reveals of the yr on the venue are set for Sept. 9, Oct. 9, Nov. 23 and Dec. 19.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will even go to Houston’s Minute Maid Park on Sept. 23 and the ATLive pageant in Atlanta on Nov. 11 sooner than one-off reveals in Auckland on Dec. 3 and Melbourne on Dec. 10 — his first visits to that part of the world in 14 years.
Watch Joel’s introduction of Rodrigo and the duo’s effectivity beneath.