Axl Rose Joins Billy Joel at Dodger Stadium

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Yup, that Billy Joel playing guitar and Axl Rose at Dodger Stadium

Other than his record-breaking residency at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Billy Joel performs pretty infrequently. He clearly enjoys doing it; he just doesn’t want the rigors of a full-blown tour.

Since January 2014, Joel, who turned 68 on May 9, has played one show per month at The Garden, an unprecedented run of 40 sold-out shows through April 2017. He averages roughly one other show per month which this year includes dates at no less than eight Major League Baseball stadiums.

Speaking of which… on Saturday night, May 13, made his first appearance at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The Piano Man often has a surprise guest or two perform at his concerts. In April, for instance, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts joined him for two songs. The LA gig was no exception. First, Pink joined him for two songs including “New York State of Mind.”

Related: Our review of Billy Joel at MSG

Five songs later, he brought on “a friend of mine… please welcome Axl Rose.” The band then broke into the familiar chords of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell,” with Joel even strapping on a guitar.

Later, Rose returned midway through the five-song encore to join Joel in singing “Big Shot.”

Rose begins Guns N’ Roses’ “Not in This Lifetime” tour on May 27 in Europe and the U.K. through July 15. North American dates begin July 27, followed by South America on September 23.

Tickets for Joel’s 2017 concerts are available here and from our secondary market partner, Ticket Network, here, if your date is sold-out.

Billy Joel 2017 Tour Dates

Jan. 11 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Jan. 27 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
Feb. 10 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Feb. 22 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Mar. 03 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Mar. 24 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
Apr. 05 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
Apr. 14 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Apr. 28 – Atlanta, GA – SunTrust Park
May 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Dodger Stadium
May 25 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
June 06 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
July 05 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
June 17 – Green Bay, WI – Lambeau Field
July 14 – Cleveland, OH – Progressive Field
July 28 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Field
Aug. 11 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field
Aug. 30 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
Sept 09 – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park
Sept 21 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium
Sept 30 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Oct 20 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Nov 03 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Nov 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
Dec 08 – Portland, OR – Moda Center

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