Billy Joel brought out surprise guest Olivia Rodrigo at his Madison Square Garden concert.
The 'Piano Man' hitmaker, 73, was joined on stage at the world-famous venue in New York City on Wednesday night (24.08.22) by the 19-year-old pop superstar for renditions of her 2021 mega-hit ‘deja vu’ and his 80s' classic ‘Uptown Girl’.
Billy Joel fans found it very special that Billy Joel brought out a younger talented singer showing that music brings everyone together, despite the 'generation gap'.
"This is what music is supposed to do. It’s supposed to bring us together, even generations apart" one wrote.
"Love all of this so much. Her adoration of Billy Joel is sincere and well-deserevd!" another wrote.
"I was there with my 14 year old daughter... who love's Billy Joel.... And also loves Olivia Rodrigo.... This took a magical night ...and shot it to the moon.... I love how Billy brought the younger generation to his show.... We will never forget this priceless experience," a third wrote.
Introducing Olivia on stage, Billy said: “I’m going to bring up another young musician. This is a very talented singer-songwriter.
“She’s very talented. I like her music and so do my kids. Please say hello to Olivia Rodrigo."
She responded: “Thank you so much for having me, Billy.
“I’m such a huge fan, and I kind of wrote this next song about you" the tripple Grammy winner said.
The 19-year-old singer sang the lyrics of her song with Billy accompanying her on the piano.
Olivia sang: “And I bet that she knows Billy Joel / ‘Cause you played her ‘Uptown Girl'."
She later belts: “Play her piano, but she doesn’t know / That I was the one who taught you, Billy Joel.”