Watch Billy Joel Sit in With His Own Tribute Band
Billy Joel fans attending the performance of tribute band Big Shot got a dose of the real thing last night (June 24). He sat in with the group at the Paramount in the Long Island town of Huntington, N.Y.
According to Newsday, Joel had been sitting in the VIP section with his wife when he came down onto the stage midway through their set. They played three songs, two of which were covers -- the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women," Joe Cocker's arrangement (complete with impression) of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" and his own "You May Be Right," which, as Joel does in concert, had a bit of Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" thrown in. Video of "Honky Tonk Women" is embedded above, and the other two songs can be found below.
If Joel's performance is a little too lock-step with the group, there's a good reason. Three of its members -- guitarist Tommy Byrnes, drummer Chuck Burgi and Big Shot frontman Michael DelGuidice -- are also part of Joel's band. “My man Mike!” Joel said. “I only live down the road from here."
Fans in attendance were elated. “We were so surprised,” said Christi Battaglia, who was in the front row. “People pay big money to see him. We got it for cheap!” Another fan, Kim Guerriero, got a nice 46th birthday present, saying, “This was the best gift. What an amazing night for all of us!”
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