Billy JoelPosted by on May 13, 2014
Piano Man Billy Joel Celebrates His 65th Birthday - And Gives All His Gifts to Bianca’s Furry Friends!
The house was packed, and by “house,” we mean Madison Square Garden. The energy could have lit up the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. At once.
It was a big party, all right. And the reason?
Billy Joel, legendary singer/songwriter and avid Long Islander, was about to share his Birthday with more than 20,000 fans — plus every single animal at North Shore Animal League America, present and future.
Before the two-hour, star-studded, once-in-a-lifetime concert began, Howard Stern took center stage to introduce his friend, explaining that Billy had called him last summer and said he wanted to make a generous donation from his birthday concert proceeds to NSALA — specifically to Howard and Beth Stern’s “pet project,” the feline adoption and wellness center named Bianca’s Furry Friends.
And the crowd went wild.
With that, out walked Beth Stern, Billy’s girlfriend, Alexis, his goddaughter, and friend — each carrying a bundle of adorable, adoptable puppies.
And did that crowd ever go wild.
Howard told the roaring crowd that an NSALA adoption unit was parked outside the Garden, if anyone was looking to adopt, adding that Bianca’s Furry Friends will save many, many more cats and dogs by expanding NSALA’s capacity for no-kill care.
“Billy Joel is a Long Island guy who gives back,” said Howard. “And tonight, Billy is the new saint of all animals. Ladies and Gentleman, I give you St. Billy Joel!”
And you guessed it, the crowd went wild.
It was a great night, a great party, and a great gesture of affection and care from a great friend.
Thank you, Billy Joel. Happy Birthday, Piano Man,
and many, many more!
Billy Joel packs 65th birthday party with surprises, Newsday.com
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Billy Joel's 65th birthday concert at MSG packed with surprises, AMNewYork.com
Billy Joel’s Birthday Concert Helps Animals in Need, DogTipper.com
Howard Stern & Jimmy Fallon Help Billy Joel Celebrate Birthday, JamBase.com