Billy Joel bests Elton John, sets new Madison Square Garden record

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Billy Joel in show for a record 65th time at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in New York.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015|9:06 p.m.

New York City– Billy Joel set a record for many efficiencies by a single artist at Madison Square Garden with his 65th program Wednesday night, besting Elton John.

The Piano Man teemed with energy as he performed for a feverish crowd of all ages in New York City for more than 2 hours. He sang hits like “Uptown Lady,” “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” and “Only the Excellent Die Young.”

“Welcome to Madison Square Garden– the center of deep space,” he stated as 20,000 fans roared.

“I didn’t know I ‘d be here 65 times, remarkable,” Joel stated. “I wish to thank you very much for making this possible.”

A banner increasinged to the top of the phase in honor of Joel’s 65th show. Actor-comedian Kevin James came onstage to aid the veteran artist celebrate.

“I am so proud and honored to be part of this historical evening,” James stated. “I feel like body surfing, though we ‘d most likely set another record for many injuries at a concert.”

The 66-year-old Joel, who was born in the Bronx, played piano for most of the night, however also rocked on the guitar and harmonica. He has been performing at MSG once a month because in 2014.

“I actually believed a long period of time ago if I didn’t have a record every year on the charts, it would simply disappear. Individuals would stop coming,” he stated. “It’s remarkable– I haven’t had a record on the charts in 22 years.”

Joel was excited throughout his performance, which featured his top notch band. At one point, he was spinning the microphone stand in the air and it arrived at his face. He quickly recuperated, threw the stand in the air and captured it– making yet another standing ovation.

John, 68, formerly had the MSG record with 64 efficiencies. Joel sang John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Roadway” as yellow lights beamed from the phase.

“He’s a good man and a buddy and I want to dedicate this song to him,” Joel said.

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