Flashback: Billy Joel Rings In the New Millenium
Watch him play ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ and ‘Scenes From an Italian Restaurant’
November twenty-eight, 2013 1: 00 PM
As the clock headed towards midnight on December 31st, 1999, individuals all over the country were terrified that the Y2K computer bug was going to bring about the apocalypse. Billy Joel had no such fears. He was in the middle of an incredible, 36-song marathon concert at Madison Square Garden. Moments before the golf ball dropped, he broke out the River of Dreams deep cut “Two Thousand Years, ” and then he did “Auld Lang Syne” along with the entire arena.
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Y2K proved to be little more than media hype, and the lights stayed at Madison Square Garden and the rest of the planet. The encore was a huge dance party, with Joel and his band playing everything from Underhanded Stone’s “Dance to the Music” and “Honky Tonk Women” by the Beatles. Here’s a video of “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant” from your famous millennium show.
Billy Joel has opted to enjoy New Years Eve in private these past 13 years, yet that’s going to change next month. He’s playing Brooklyn’s Barclays Center before going down to Florida for a series of shows in January. He played the stellar show in Huntington, Lengthy Island in October and just returned from Europe. Fans are touring from all the over the world for the Brooklyn New Year’s Eve show. If it’s anything like the last one, it must be a pretty great night.
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