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Billy Joel Talks Lifelong Beatles Fandom

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With Billy Joel’s two-song cameo on Tuesday night (September 26th) at Paul McCartney’s Nassau Coliseum concert on Long Island, Billy is slowly racking up landmark New York performances with the former Beatle. Billy joined “Macca” for the encores at the show, playing McCartney’s “magical” rainbow piano on “Get Back” and “Birthday.”

Over the years, the pair — who both were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the same 1999 class — have performed together during Billy’s 2008 closing show at Shea Stadium, with McCartney taking the stage for the venue’s closing songs. In 2009, McCartney — an admitted Yankees fan — made history by becoming the first artist to play the Mets’ new stadium, Citi Field — with Billy joining in on the opening night of the three night stand. Two years after that, he once again tickled the ivories when McCartney played the second of two nights at Yankee Stadium.

We caught up with Billy Joel just prior to his cameo at McCartney’s 2011 Yankee Stadium show and asked him whether or not there’s a chance we might see him jumping on stage with his idol: “Well, I’m gonna go see him. I mean, if he invites me to come up — hell yeah. Yeah, y’don’t say ‘no’ to McCartney (laughs).” at New York City’s Madison Square Garden
Paul McCartney next performs on October 1st and 2nd at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena.

Photo Courtesy of Sony Legacy

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