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Billy Joel Performs Record-Breaking 75th MSG Show

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It felt like the first day of summer in New York City with temperatures soaring above 85 degrees. It was Fleet Week 2016 and it seemed like the entire U.S. Navy had stepped off the docks on Manhattan’s Westside. It also was the Friday of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, with Billy taking center stage for his record-breaking 75th concert at Madison Square Garden, “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” and we were feeling alright.

Billy opened his set with “Miami 2017” and powered into “Pressure.” His third song of the evening, “The Entertainer,” was dedicated to Republican candidate Donald Trump and the current election year circus. “The Donald” tweeted back on social media. When asked about it by TIME Magazine, Billy said, “I’m in the entertainment business. Donald Trump’s campaign has been very entertaining. Aside from that, who cares about the political opinions of a piano player?” “The Entertainer” lyrics are linked here for evaluation.

Billy and the band were joined on stage by U.S. servicemen and servicewomen for a performance of “Goodnight Saigon.” The “Fielder’s Choice” winners, voted by the audience, were “Vienna” and “Zanzibar.” We can’t think of a better way to kick off a holiday weekend evening in the city than with Billy Joel at The Garden. See you again on June 17th.

The team at Madison Square Garden replaces Billy Joel’s banner in the rafters to celebrate his unprecedented 75th concert at Madison Square Garden, the most performances by any artist at MSG.

Billy Joel performs live on stage at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, on May 27, 2016

U.S. servicemen and servicewomen on stage with Billy Joel and the band at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, on May 27, 2016.

Billy Joel performs live on stage at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, on May 27, 2016

Billy Joel performs live on stage at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, on May 27, 2016.

Billy Joel performs live on stage at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, on May 27, 2016

Billy Joel and the band perform live on stage at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, on May 27, 2016.

Billy Joel performs live on stage at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, on May 27, 2016

Billy Joel performs live on stage at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, on May 27, 2016.

Billy Joel performs live on stage at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, on May 27, 2016

Fans enjoying Billy Joel’s concert at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, on May 27, 2016.

Billy Joel Set List – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY – May 27, 2016

Set list from Billy Joel MSG New York, NY May 27, 2016

Official photos by Jeff Schock