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Billy Joel Recalls Hilarious Trip to MSG at Age 3

A gun-wielding country singer scared a young Billy Joel during a Christmas special at Madison Square Garden

This Tuesday at 11 am ET, Madison Square Garden will make a major announcement centered around Billy Joel. You can watch it broadcast live on Fuse or live stream it at MSG.com and BillyJoel.com, but in the meantime, watch the rock legend's hysterical account of his first memory at the world's most famous venue.

"I distinctly remember the first time I went to Madison Square Garden," Joel says. "I was three or four years old and my parents took me to see the Christmas show at Madison Square Garden with Gene Autry. I was up in the top row and it was the biggest place I'd seen in my life until I went to Yankee Stadium."

But it wasn't the size of the space that terrified him as a child in the early '50s: It was the then-famous singing cowboy. 

"So [Autry] had this song 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,' which was a big hit at the time. He asked the audience to sing along but he wasn't pleased with the response he got. So he stopped the song, takes out his six-shooter guns, and went, 'I said EVERYBODY sing!' Bang, bang, and I thought he was shooting at me. It scared the hell out of me and I started singing at the top of my lungs, thinking, 'Just don't shoot me!' That's my first memory at the Garden."

Watch the press conference live from MSG this Tuesday at 11am ET on Fuse. And to hear the NY native explain why performing at the Garden to New Yorkers is so special, click here. 

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