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Published: 2014/05/10

Jimmy Fallon Joins Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden

Billy Joel celebrated his 65th birthday last night with a show at Madison Square Garden, continuing his lifetime residency at the famed arena. With celebrities in the house joining Joel for his birthday, he managed to incorporate them into the show as Howard Stern (who helped Joel launch his Sirius XM channel earlier this month) introduced the Piano Man to start the show, even leading the crowd in “Happy Birthday.”

After the first few songs stuck to the blueprint from the ones before it, The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon jumped on stage to perform “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” as a duet with Joel. The two performed the song in March when Joel was a guest on The Tonight Show.

As the song ended and Jimmy ditched his coat to reveal the striped jacket underneath, The Ragtime Gals joined him (members of Fallon’s writing team) to do Inner Circle’s “Sweat” in a barbershop quartet style. Fallon then once again led the Garden in “Happy Birthday” before exiting.

The rest of the twenty three-song set included a variety of Joel’s hits and closed with another guest spot, this time from Gavin DeGraw, on “You May Be Right.”

Here’s a look at the full setlist:

My Live
Movin’ Out
The Ballad of Billy the Kid
The Entertainer
Everybody Loves You Now
Goodnight Saigon
The Lion Sleeps Tonight*
Happy Birthday^
New York State of Mind
Scandinavian Skies
Sometimes a Fantasy
She’s Always a Woman
Don’t Ask Me Why
The River of Dreams >
A Hard Day’s Night
Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
Piano Man

Uptown Girl
It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me
Big Shot
You May Be Right+

*w/Jimmy Fallon
^w/Jimmy Fallon and the Ragtime Gals
+w/Gavin DeGraw

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