Billy Joel celebrates 100th show at Madison Square Garden
NEW YORK - Agence France-Presse
“Let’s be real -- I’m from New York,” the 69-year-old engine of pop favorites, donning a baseball cap, told a news conference ahead of his 100th performance at the Midtown Manhattan arena.
“So I’m very fortunate just because of where I’m from -- not to take the shine off of it.”
More than two million people have seen Joel at Madison Square Garden, according to the iconic venue. He has cruised past Elton John after surpassing the English legend’s record when Joel performed his 65th show in 2015.
Cuomo called Joel a “quintessential New Yorker” who embodied the values of the city’s middle class.
“Forty years in this town, which is one of the toughest audiences on the globe, and after 40 years, the same tough, hometown crowd loves him,” Cuomo told the news conference.
“Why? Because there is an authenticity about Billy and his music. You can’t fool New Yorkers for 40 years,” he said.
With a stream of hits from “Uptown Girl” to “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” Joel has sold more than 150 million records around the world, according to his representatives.