Throughout his long-running residency at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Billy Joel has often brought out special guest stars. At last night’s show, he had some help from John Mellencamp and helped stage a mini-reunion of two members of the Young Rascals, Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish.
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 07: (L-R) Felix Cavaliere, GRAMMY Museum executive director Bob Santelli, Gene Cornish, Dino Danelli and Eddie Brigati onstage Members-only event at the Grammy Museum days before the West Coast premiere of their new touring show, Once Upon a Dream Starring The Rascals which is playing at The Greek on October 7, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
After six songs, Joel, who has often cited the Young Rascals as a major influence, brought out Cavaliere and Cornish by saying that they were the best band he ever in his life, so much so that he almost gave up music rather than try to compete. They proceeded to play their biggest hit, “Good Lovin’,” with Cavaliere reprising his famous Hammond B-3 organ break.
Towards the end of the main set, John Mellencamp joined him for “Authority Song.” During the breakdown in the middle of the song, they threw in a bit of Wilson Pickett’s “Land of 1,000 Dances,” complete with call-and-response with the audience, for good measure.
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 03: John Mellencamp performs with Billy Joel at Joel’s 39th consecutive sold out show at Madison Square Garden on March 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Myrna M. Suarez/Getty Images)
Here are the songs for those who missed the night!