Billy Joel paid tribute to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album with a performance of ‘A Day in the Life’ during his show at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
“It was a remarkable album, they were my favorite band and they inspired me to do what I do now,” Joel said of the Beatles as he introduced the tune.
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Prior to his Beatles tribute, Joel also took a moment to honor the people of Manchester, England, following the terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 22 victims and injured 116 at an Ariana Grande concert earlier in the week.
“I’m glad to see that you weren’t terrorized, you came,” Joel said, thanking his audience. “And if they can’t terrorize you, they lose. So thank you.”
The show, which was part of Joel’s monthly residency at Madison Square Garden, also started over 20 minutes late, for which the Piano Man apologized upon taking the stage, explaining that additional security measures were being taken following the Manchester attacks, causing the delayed start time.