Review: Billy Joel, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott rock Madison Square Garden Special

Posted Jun 3, 2019 by Markos Papadatos
On June 2, global music superstar Billy Joel performed at Madison Square Garden as part of his monthly residency and he was joined with a special musical rock guest.
Billy Joel at a concert.
Billy Joel at a concert.
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This surprise guest was none other than iconic rocker Joe Elliott, the frontman of the acclaimed rock group Def Leppard, and they delivered a spitfire and upbeat version of Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me," where they took the audience on a trip down memory lane to 1987.
Joel played the piano and sang backing vocals, and joining Elliott were the talented members of Billy Joel's band, which included Tommy Byrnes on lead guitar, Andy Cichon on bass, Chuck Burgi on drums, Mike DelGuidice on backing vocals and guitar, Crystal Taliefero on percussion and background vocals, and musical director David Rosenthal on the keyboard.
This live performance was dynamic, high-octane and well-received. Joel and Elliott embraced afterward, as the crowd kept cheering them on. It was a fitting tribute to Def Leppard, which was just inducted into the coveted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past March.
Def Leppard
Def Leppard
Def Leppard publicity photo
Band member Mike DelGuidice also nailed the lead vocals on the Italian opera "Nessun Dorma," as always, with Joel on piano. In his solo music career, DelGuidice just released his music video for "Mona Lisa," which featured comedian and actor Kevin James.
On May 9, Joel previously performed at Madison Square Garden as part of his residency, where he celebrated his 70th birthday at the "World's Most Famous Arena" in front of a sold-out audience.