Billy Joel Plays 'Auld Lang Syne'

Singer wore tuxedo for three-hour-plus New Year's Eve show.

Singer Billy Joel saw out the millennium by playing the New Year's

Eve standard "Auld Lang Syne" at New York's Madison Square Garden. He then

broke into his hit "River of Dreams" to greet the new year, according to

concert-goers. Joel, who has said he wants to leave pop music behind and

concentrate on classical composing, wore a tuxedo for his hit-filled,

three-hour-plus show, which he opened with "Big Shot" and ended with his

signature song, "Piano Man," concert-goers said. In between, he played

such fan favorites as "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant," "New York State

of Mind," "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)" and "Ballad

of Billy the Kid," as well as snippets of works by Beethoven,

Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Sly and the Family Stone.

Several songs, including "We Didn't Start the Fire," were broadcast live

on ABC-TV.