Billy Joel celebrated his birthday the way he knows best – at Madison Square Garden amongst his fans.
“A little under a decade ago, it would have been very hard to imagine Joel commemorating his 70th birthday with a blowout two-and-a-half-hour show at Madison Square Garden, or anywhere, for that matter. In early 2010, he quietly stepped away from public life after wrapping up a brief co-headlining tour with Elton John. He underwent hip replacement surgery, told his band that he didn’t plan on playing ever again and devoted his time to his motorcycle collection and his family. But a killer set at the 12/12/12 Superstorm Sandy benefit show at the Garden, where he managed to upstage the likes of Roger Waters, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, the Who and even Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band gave him renewed confidence, and the next year Joel dipped his toe back into live performing. That led to an unprecedented monthly residency at Madison Square Garden that began in January 2014 and has continued to this day.” – Rolling Stone
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