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Billy Joel surprises audience with a very special AC/DC cover -- VIDEO

Billy Joel doesn’t always cover other people’s songs, but when he does…he invites the original band’s singer onstage for lead vocals, apparently.

Joel surprised the audience at his Madison Square Garden concert on Friday night with a special rendition of AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” — featuring none other than the rock band’s singer himself, Brian Johnson. In video taken by a concertgoer, Joel calls AC/DC “maybe the best band I ever saw in my life.” Johnson is greeted with wild applause as the familiar opening riffs of the song begin and he belts out the ’80s anthem:

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Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel duet with an iPad -- VIDEO

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Does Jimmy Fallon want to join Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden?

It certainly seemed that way on yesterday’s Tonight Show, when the fanboy host pitched a duet sing-along to Joel — with a twist. “I’m a little nervous,” Fallon admitted. “You’re one of my all-time favorites, so even just to talk to you is the craziest thing.” Feeling their chat had gone well, Fallon went all-in and  broke out an iPad with an app that allows users to record and loop their voices to make their very own doo-wop groups.

Watch Fallon talk a surprisingly game Joel into performing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” and then witness what must be Joel’s first iPad-assisted performance:  READ FULL STORY

The latest 'Greatest Event in Television History': Adam Scott and Paul Rudd in 'Bosom Buddies' -- VIDEO

Could it be that this time, after three false starts, Adam Scott has finally presented the honest-to-God Greatest Event in Television History? You’ll  have to watch the special to see for yourself, but know this: It features Scott and Paul Rudd wearing history’s least convincing drag getups. And dancing around in towels and shaving cream. And running through the park to a classic Billy Joel tune — which, for a change, is actually sung by the real Billy Joel.

That’s right: Scott’s fourth Greatest Event special revolves around a frame-by-frame recreation of the opening credits sequence from the classic ’80s sitcom Bosom Buddies, which starred Peter Scolari and Tom Hanks as a pair of 20-something dudes who disguise themselves as ladies in order to score a “dirt-cheap” apartment in an all-women’s building.

This time around, Scott takes the Scolari role, while Rudd makes an excellent Hanks stand-in. And as always, the clip is stacked with a host of familiar faces — including Community‘s Gillian Jacobs, Saturday Night Live cast member Aidy Bryant, and Joel himself, who’s only a little miffed when Rudd and Scott ask him to try imitating the Joel soundalike who sang “My Life” for the show’s original opener. Then there’s the guy the shoot hires as a Rudd replacement at one point — let’s just say you’ll recognize him as well.

Fast forward to the 9:20 mark if you just want to see the recreation — but if you’ve got the time, you should absolutely watch the “making-of” material that precedes it. It’s a lot shorter and tighter than the preambles to past Greatest Events, even if this one doesn’t happen to feature Amy Poehler or Jon Hamm.

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Kennedy Center Honors: Anna Kendrick, Rufus Wainwright, and Garth Brooks perform -- VIDEO

The Kennedy Center Honors aired Sunday night, and while we’re still waiting for someone to put Snoop Dogg’s portion of the tribute to honoree Herbie Hancock on YouTube — he had the black-tie crowd standing and chanting! — some highlights have surfaced. Watch a few below from the tributes to Shirley MacLaine, Billy Joel, and Carlos Santana. READ FULL STORY

Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Shirley MacLaine, and Martina Arroyo receive Kennedy Center Honors

The “Piano Man” who became one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time with such hits as “Just the Way You Are,” “Uptown Girl” and “Allentown” is being awarded the nation’s highest honor Sunday for influencing American culture through the arts.

Billy Joel joins Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine in receiving the Kennedy Center Honors. All of them have been playing music, dancing or singing since they were children – and have never stopped. READ FULL STORY

10 things we learned from Billy Joel's big 'New York Times Magazine' interview

Has it really been 20 years since Billy Joel released his last pop album? Somehow, it’s true: Though the Piano Man has toured extensively, won a Tony, and even put out a collection of classical compositions over the last two decades, he hasn’t dropped an original chart-topper since 1993′s River of Dreams.

But why? Well, according to an extensive interview in this week’s New York Times magazine, the answer’s simple: “I got bored with it,” Joel says. “I wanted to write something other than the three-minute pop tune even though that’s an art form unto itself.” And though Joel sounds nothing but grateful for his success, he also seems to resent being pegged as a pop writer: “It’s a very nice box to be in for a while, but then it becomes like a coffin.”

And the revelations don’t stop there. Here are 10 other things you’ll learn while reading the piece, including why Joel calls himself “the Nixon of rock ‘n’ roll” and what Elton John’s hair reminds him of. (While the musician never does explain what a “real estate novelist” is, the Internet can thankfully help you out on that one.)

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