He performed three songs with the covers band at an intimate New York venue

Billy Joel surprised the audience at a recent gig by a Billy Joel covers band by joining the tribute group on stage.

After appearing on stage to roars from the audience, Joel sang with the band on covers of The Beatles’ ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’, The Rolling Stones’ ‘Honky Tonk Women’ and his own song ‘You May Be Right’, which featured excerpts from Led Zeppelin’s ‘Rock And Roll’.

The surprise set took place at New York’s intimate Paramount venue on Friday night (June 24). Watch the full performance below.

Though Joel’s unannounced appearance clearly took the crowd by surprise, it was perhaps slightly less unexpected for the members of covers band Big Shot. Three of the group’s lineup are also members of Joel’s live band when he performs his one-night-a-month residency at New York City’s Madison Square Garden venue, Rolling Stone reports.

Joel dedicated his most recent performance at Madison Square Garden, which took place on June 17, to the memories of those killed in the recent homophobic terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida.

Earlier this year, Mac De Marco performed a cover of one of Billy Joel’s signature hits, ‘Just The Way You Are’, during his set at a Planned Parenthood benefit gig in New York.