Jon Bon Jovi made an unannounced guest appearance with Billy Joel at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Saturday. The singer received a warm welcome before delivering “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” and “Big Shot” with the Piano Man.
There were two big shots on the stage.
Jon Bon Jovi joined Billy Joel for two songs, “Big Shot “ and “It’s Still Rock ’n’ Roll to Me,” at Joel’s concert Saturday, Jan. 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
“I’m the luckiest kid in Madison Square Garden, sitting onstage with Billy Joel,” said Bon Jovi to the crowd.
The band announced via Twitter that all proceeds from downloads of the charity single will benefit the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides service dogs to veterans and first responders in need.The two traded off on vocals for both songs, with Joel at the piano and Bon Jovi punching air and working the crowd to cheers.
“I was gonna write an autobiography at one time — and I did,” Joel said last May. “There wasn’t enough sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll in it for the publisher, so I gave the advance money back. I said, ‘Fuck it, that’s me.’ I don’t know if I’m interesting enough to make a movie out of. I lived my life. I don’t want to be redundant.”
Bon Jovi expressed a similar sentiment when asked in August if he’d like to have a biopic shot. “I loved Bohemian Rhapsody,” he said. “And I loved Yesterday. I thought that was another different take on the same thing. But now I think that thing is done. It’s the same reason Bon Jovi never did a Broadway jukebox musical. It’s been done. I loved the idea for Bohemian, then Rocketman was different and Yesterday was completely different. … I’d love to see how they’d use our songs, but it’s been done – so, oh well.”
However, Joel did recently agree to let his catalog be used to inspire a TV series titled Scenes From an Italian Restaurant, which will feature his characters and stories in a fictional setting.
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