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Billy Joel begins Madison Square Garden residency

Billy Joel performs his first show of his Madison Square Garden residency, on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK: Billy Joel has begun his residency at Madison Square Garden with an energetic show that covers a wide swath of his musical catalog.

Joel and his band came out to thunderous applause Monday night and launched into "Miami 2017," a song Joel wrote in the early 1970s about post-apocalyptic New York City. Throughout his set, he covered many of his signature songs, as well as a few more obscure tracks.

The Grammy Award-winning icon announced in December that he will perform at the famed New York City venue every month for as long as New Yorkers demand. He's set to perform sold-out shows until September with more being added later in the year. His next show is on Monday. His May 9 show commemorates his 65th birthday

 

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