Watch Olivia Rodrigo sing ‘Deja Vu’ and ‘Uptown Girl’ with Billy Joel

Billy Joel and Olivia Rodrigo perform at Madison Square Garden – Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

A little bit more A year after introducing teenagers across America to the existence of a singer named Billy Joel and his 1983 tune “Uptown Girl” thanks to the hit “Deja Vu,” Olivia Rodrigo took the stage at Joel’s show at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night to finally sing both. songs with the man himself.

The first sign that Rodrigo was in the house came in the middle of the night when the band began to quietly play the intro to “Deja Vu,” though few people in the arena seemed to recognize what was happening. “I’m going to raise a young musician,” Joel said. “She’s a three-time Grammy winner. She won the Billboard 2022 Woman of the Year award. He has received the American Music Award. He has won all kinds of awards. She is very talented. I like her music and so do my kids. She is very talented. Say hello to Olivia Rodrigo.”

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Young members of the crowd screamed with joy as he walked out, while their parents tried to figure out what was going on. “Hey guys,” she said, addressing perhaps the most restrained crowd of her short career as a touring artist. “Thank you so much for inviting me, Billy. I am such a huge fan. I couldn’t have written this next song without you, so thank you.”

A big smile came to Joel’s face when she got to the part of the song “I’ll bet she knows Billy Joel/’Cause you played her ‘Uptown Girl'” and pointed right at him. And when it was over, he grabbed a microphone, hugged her and said they were going to do “a song that referenced the last song.”

Billy Joel and Olivia Rodrigo perform at Madison Square Garden

Olivia Rodrigo and Billy Joel perform ‘Deja Vu’ and ‘Uptown Girl’ on stage at Madison Square Garden on August 24, 2022 in New York City.

What followed was the stunningly surreal sight of Joel and Rodrigo standing side-by-side and playfully trading verses on ‘Uptown Girl’. Rodrigo delivered the track “And now she’s looking for a man downtown/That’s me” and somehow managed to sell it. This moment seemed somewhat inevitable when “Deja Vu” became a hit, but it was even more glorious than anyone could have imagined. “Thanks, Billy,” she said as they hugged at the end. “I love you.”

The surprise duet with Joel will increase Joel’s standing with the Gen Z audience that turned 1978’s “Zanzibar” into a TikTok dance craze last year. If you think we’re kidding, check out these 262,000 videos that use the same tiny snippet of his song. “I don’t even know what TikTok is,” he told a crowd last year. “But that’s an issue.”

Olivia Rodrigo’s set was the highlight of a wildly happy Billy Joel concert that flipped between hits like “A Matter of Trust,” “Only The Good Die Young” and “My Life” and fan favorites like “Don’t Ask Me Why,” “The Entertainer,” and “An Innocent Man.” On the latter song, Joel somehow hits the same stunning high notes as the original recording nearly 40 years ago.

Joel’s monthly residency at Madison Square Garden began as a small experiment in 2014, but has now established itself as one of the most reliable rock shows on the planet. There’s something unique about every gig, and even well-worn hits like “Piano Man” and “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant” sound somehow fresh and exciting when you’re signing them along with 20,000 other people.

And with all due respect to Harry Styles and his 15-night stay at MSG, which is indeed impressive, Joel is 82 months old and counting. Harry has a long way to go before he can.

Billy Joel and Olivia Rodrigo perform at Madison Square Garden

Olivia Rodrigo and Billy Joel perform ‘Deja Vu’ and ‘Uptown Girl’ on stage at Madison Square Garden on August 24, 2022 in New York City.

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