At a ceremony at Madison Square Garden yesterday, the venue unveiled a permanent tribute to mark Billy Joel’s 100th show there: a Steinway piano and a plaque that will sit in front of the main entrance. Billy currently holds MSG’s records for most performances and most shows in a single run. People who got to witness his 100th show last night were treated to a guest performance by Bruce Springsteen!
It’s a piano for The Piano Man. At a ceremony to mark Billy Joel’s 100th Madison Square Garden concert, the venue unveiled a Steinway piano and a plaque that will sit in front of its main entrance off Chase Square, while Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared “Billy Joel Day” in New York. Cuomo hailed Joel as “the quintessential New Yorker” and congratulated the Hicksville native on his “breathtaking accomplishment.” Joel currently holds the Garden’s records for most performances and most shows in a single run. The Steinway piano is a symbol of the magnitude of the 100-show milestone. “What Billy Joel has accomplished could quite possibly never be accomplished again in any of our lifetimes,” said the Madison Square Garden Chairman and CEO. (Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin)
Couldn’t get tickets to see Bruce Springsteen’s one-man show on Broadway? “Springsteen on Broadway” will debut on Netflix on December 15th, the same night as his last show on the Great White Way.
Shawn Mendes, who briefly dated Hailey Baldwin right before she got together with Justin Bieber, is sharing exactly how he reacted to the news of their engagement. He said in a recent interview, “I texted Hailey the day of, and I said congrats. That’s what it is. I think everybody wants there to be more – there’s not.” Shawn and Hailey attended the Met Gala together just weeks before she was spotted hanging out with the Biebs again. He added, “I’m very, very happy for Hailey. I think it’s a good thing. I think Justin’s a cool guy…I pray for them. I hope they’re cool. I hope they’re happy!”
Meantime, Shawn Mendes will be headlining Rolling Stone’s Relaunch event later this month, according to the magazine. The event, presented by YouTube Music, will feature a live performance by Shawn followed by a Q&A moderated by Rolling Stone writer Brittany Spanos. The concert will also be filmed for the series Live from the Artists Den. The event will celebrate the recent redesign of the magazine and website, as well as a brand new, year-long partnership between Rolling Stone and YouTube Music. The event will take place in Brooklyn, New York, on July 26th.
Ed Sheeran’s “Songwriter” documentary will be available worldwide on Apple Music on August 28th.
Talk about Throwback Thursday! Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton were well known “frenemies” in the early 2000’s. We were reminded of that on Instagram yesterday when a Paris Hilton fan account shared an old paparazzi video that shows Lindsay accusing Paris of hitting her, and then backtracking on the story later. Paris actually commented on the post: “#PathologicalLiar” with a laughing emoji!
Paula Faris is leaving “The View” after three seasons and is also exiting her co-anchor gig on the weekend edition of “Good Morning America.” Faris will stay with ABC in a reporting role.
Excited/grateful for the opportunity to cover big stories & talk to the people at the center of them. Thank you to the gracious teams at @GMA Sat./Sun. and @TheView Not going far but I’ll miss you. However, I won’t miss that 3am wake up on weekends! 😉 https://t.co/TlWagcRjpS
— Paula Faris (@paulafaris) July 18, 2018
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