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College Student Asks His Idol Billy Joel if He Can Accompany on Piano, and Results Do Not Disappoint: VIDEO

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In Michael Pollack's own words:

“So I decided I was gonna go see Billy Joel right when we found out he was coming, and as a childhood idol of mine, right away I knew what I wanted to do when we went there. My roommate and I decided that we would try and find a way to get a question to be asked, and see if we could get on stage. And the day came, I put together a question, and I was raising my hand, and my friends to the right of me kept pointing to me, and finally after a few questions he picked on me and I hesitantly said how “New York State of Mind” was my favorite song, and how I had performed it with his saxophonist Richie Cannata in the past and wondered if I could go up and play it with him. And then he thought for a little — he took a second — and then he just said “Okay.” Which wasn’t quite convincing, but it was good enough. I walked up, we spoke about the arrangement for about 15 seconds — he just went through what he wanted me to play — and then from there, it was just … foggy. It’s hard to remember. I just started playing. I had practiced it a little bit thinking maybe I’d get the chance to go up … I kind of lost myself playing. Then afterward he said to me … he said that I was great, where are you from … and I said, “I’m a Long Islander just like you.” He was like, “Cool.” Then I walked off, and that was it … It was probably the greatest moment of my life, up to date."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Sign that boy up!

    Posted by: Lymis | Mar 12, 2013 8:34:36 AM


  2. Always fun to find out that Daddy is versatile. ;)

    Posted by: SC David | Mar 12, 2013 8:35:09 AM


  3. That was awesome.

    Posted by: Me | Mar 12, 2013 8:43:19 AM


  4. Billy Joel's music has always been part of my life's soundtrack. So nice that he continually gives back to others. True artist and man!

    Posted by: Bart | Mar 12, 2013 9:15:55 AM


  5. That just made me really happy. :)

    Posted by: Rich | Mar 12, 2013 9:27:56 AM


  6. :)

    Posted by: Thomas | Mar 12, 2013 9:30:18 AM


  7. Billy Joel has always been one of my favorite singers (and he was quite hot in a blue collar way when I was a little kid). It's always great seeing how he's also a great guy.

    This was lovely... can listen to Billy all day long and DAMN that young man can PLAY! :)

    Posted by: sparks | Mar 12, 2013 10:02:40 AM


  8. Wonderful.

    Oprah says that luck is preparation meeting opportunity. Pollack was prepared.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 12, 2013 10:28:56 AM


  9. A most generous and gracious gesture by Billy Joel. And Michael Pollack slammed it out of the park!

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 12, 2013 11:03:48 AM


  10. What GUTS and GLORY for both of the them!


    This is the best of both them.....

    Posted by: Louis | Mar 12, 2013 11:07:13 AM


  11. This sounds so great, Joel is in great voice here. Pollack is great here, he knew what he was doing.

    Posted by: db | Mar 12, 2013 12:17:20 PM


  12. I've seen Mr. Joel more than any other performer ever. He's a tremendous talent. This kid is amazing. I'm glad he let him play.

    Posted by: YsoSerious | Mar 12, 2013 12:17:28 PM


  13. I have heard Billy Joel interviewed in long form, and this guy is a real person. He's so down to Earth and direct that he's someone I wish I knew in real life. I can't say that for many musicians, celebrities or actors we all know. Billy loves musicians and knows what it takes to be one.

    Posted by: princely54 | Mar 12, 2013 12:29:52 PM


  14. what an amazing memory for this kid! awesome job!

    Posted by: Mercedes | Mar 12, 2013 12:45:49 PM


  15. "The young musician recently signed with the performing rights organization BMI and has already started working with them on some songs."
    http://gawker.com/5990118/billy-joel-stuns-vanderbilt-with-once+in+a+lifetime-answer-to-students-question

    Posted by: Ripped Mittens | Mar 12, 2013 1:14:47 PM


  16. For a while there I was really interested to see how Billy Idol looks. Dyslexia strikes again.

    OHHHHH, Billy Joel.

    Never mind.

    Posted by: Caliban | Mar 12, 2013 2:44:50 PM


  17. That was truly thrilling!

    Posted by: jaragon | Mar 12, 2013 5:42:17 PM


  18. That made AT LEAST 3 people's day. Joel's, Pollack's and MINE!

    Just Brilliant!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Mar 12, 2013 5:46:43 PM


  19. Oh now that is just awesome.

    Posted by: Thomas | Mar 12, 2013 7:32:53 PM


  20. GREAT. just GREAT. And the kid--HAS and IS--A GIFT.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Mar 12, 2013 9:18:41 PM


  21. Awesome, awesome, awesome! This video made me feel so happy. Thank you.

    Posted by: Hawthorne | Mar 12, 2013 9:35:11 PM


  22. Very nice. And Billy Joel does a good Sinatra impression; who knew? I wish the sound quality was better.

    Posted by: Alan | Mar 12, 2013 10:12:49 PM


  23. I saw Billy Joel in concert when I was in college. He's an incredible talent. There was a technical problem halfway through the show, so Joel just ran with it and riffed unplugged for 20 minutes or so. Great to see he's still performing and sharing his gifts with us.

    Posted by: JohnInGa | Mar 12, 2013 11:33:53 PM


  24. Great Job Mr. Pollack!

    Posted by: Bryson | Mar 13, 2013 2:40:29 AM


  25. That just made my entire day! Now I got to go wipe away all these tears....

    Posted by: Marc | Mar 13, 2013 2:53:47 AM


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