Kevin Mazur/WireImage“It’s a pretty good crowd for a birthday,” sang Billy Joel on Friday night in New York City. The Piano Man turned 65 on Friday, and marked that milestone in grand style: onstage at Madison Square Garden, in front of 20,000 screaming fans.
Billy was introduced to the crowd Friday night by his good pal, Howard Stern, who said he hoped that the singer would continue to play once a month at Madison Square Garden for the rest of his life — “and even after he dies, we should stuff him and bring him out here, and we’ll have more Billy Joel!” Stern added.
Stern was joined onstage by his wife, Beth, as well as Billy’s girlfriend, Alexis, and several young girls, all of whom were carrying adorable puppies. He then announced that Billy was donating 100% of the proceeds from the evening’s concert to the North Shore Animal League, a shelter in Long Island, New York from which the Piano Man had adopted his pug, Rosie. At that point, Stern brought Billy onstage, calling him “Saint Billy Joel” for supporting the animals, and the entire …read more