Olivia Rodrigo surprises fans at Billy Joel’s recent MSG concert in NYC – Aumag The Talks Today

Billy Joel found a new “Uptown Girl” at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night – one who was born long after the classic 1983 single became one of his biggest hits.

That would be Olivia Rodrigo – the 19-year-old pop sensation – who checked out Piano Man’s name in her 2021 hit ‘Deja Vu’: “And I bet she knows Billy Joel/’Cause you’re her ‘Uptown’ Girl’ played/ You sing it together.”

Olivia Rodrigo and Billy Joel perform “Deja Vu” and “Uptown Girl” at Madison Square Garden on August 24, 2022 in New York City.
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Olivia Rodrigo surprised fans while attending Billy Joel's final MSG concert on August 24, 2022 in New York.
Olivia Rodrigo surprised fans while attending Billy Joel’s final MSG concert on August 24, 2022 in New York.
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And fittingly, Rodrigo joined Joel in singing both “Deja Vu” and “Uptown Girl” for some in the audience old enough to be her grandparents. But there were surprisingly more people in the crowd who knew the words to sing along to “Deja Vu” than you might have expected. Meanwhile, Joel smiled and nodded appreciatively from his piano bench.

As bittersweet as a breakup song like “Deja Vu” can be, it was all love between Rodrigo and Joel when the giddy young star made a surprise appearance during the New York legend’s final concert in his monthly residency at MSG.

“I love their music – and so do my kids,” Joel said from his rotary grand piano as he introduced the three-time Grammy winner. And after letting Rodrigo do all the focus on “Deja Vu,” Joel got up from his piano and joined her for an “Uptown Girl” duet that was hilarious. It showed how much the 73-year-old’s music survives generations.

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It was the latest in a string of surprise guests – from Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi to Tony Bennett and Miley Cyrus – who welcomed Joel since the beginning of his Garden residency in January 2014. And this one is certainly among the most surprising of them all.

Olivia Rodrigo wraps her arm around Billy Joel during her appearance at MSG on August 24, 2022 in New York.
Olivia Rodrigo puts her arm around Billy Joel during her appearance at MSG on August 24, 2022 in New York City.
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But it was also quite ironic that in the middle of Harry Styles’ 15th show at the Garden, which kicked off on Saturday, Joel found himself hugged – and hugged – by one of the hottest young performers. It was almost as if he wanted to let New York know he wasn’t going to be the irrelevant old guy in his own house.

“I want to thank Harry Styles for taking the day off so we can squeeze in here,” he said cheekily.

Billy Joel rocks the stage at MSG during his performance on August 24, 2022 in New York City.
Billy Joel rocks the stage at MSG during his performance on August 24, 2022 in New York City.
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Joel then thanked the audience for waiting two years for this COVID makeup show, which was postponed from 2020.

“I don’t know if I would do that for myself,” he said. “At least it’s good to be back in the garden. We’re the house band now.”