Billy Joel played his landmark 100th show at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, and the Piano Man managed to orchestrate a massive meeting of the Tri-State musical minds for a Manhattan collision of Long Island’s finest and New Jersey’s best, when Bruce Springsteen joined Joel and his band for a couple tunes that absolutely rocked The Garden to its foundation.
The collaboration took place after Joel ran through hits like “Big Shot,” “Movin’ Out,” and “New York State of Mind” and before (even more) hits like “Only the Good Die Young,” “Piano Man” and an encore featuring “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” “Uptown Girl,” “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” and “You May Be Right.”
Even as Joel was introducing The Boss—as an Oscar winner, Grammy winner and (recently) Tony winner—shouts of “Bruce” resounded around the stadium, peaking when Springsteen finally emerged to take his place at center stage and help Joel and company rip through his classics “10th Avenue Freeze Out” and “Born to Run.”
Thanks to a great video (see below) from fan Dennis Farrell, even those who couldn’t score tickets to Joel’s 100th show can get a feeling for how crazy The Garden was last night. Joel and Springsteen are both obviously well-acquainted with playing to massive crowds, and putting them together on a night like last night made for an incredible melding of arena-rocking powerhouses.