Billy Joel sets record for most solo performances at Madison Square Garden with 65

The crew and band surprised Joel backstage at MSG with at “65” cake before the show.

Billy Joel has celebrated his record-setting 65th appearance at Madison Square Garden (MSG) on July 1st, surpassing Elton John as the artist who has headlined the arena the most times.

The King of Queens star Kevin James stepped out after Joel’s second song, “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” to preside over the banner-raising ceremony to mark the occasion. The occasion also marks Joel as the first person to have two banners hanging in the Garden’s historic rafters. Joel’s other banner marks the most consecutive performances at the arena, a record that currently stands at 19. Both of the Hicksville native’s banners will change monthly, as he continues to break records with his open-ended residency at the Garden.

“Welcome to Madison Square Garden – the center of the universe,” Joel said as 20,000 fans roared. “I didn’t know I’d be here 65 times, amazing. I want to thank you very much for making this possible.”

The crew and band surprised Joel backstage at MSG with at “65” cake before the show.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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