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It's taken about a month for this to go viral, but it was worth the wait.

Vanderbilt University student Michael Pollack went to see Billy Joel give a lecture/concert this winter when, during a Q&A session, he made the ballsiest request ever:

Could he accompany his hero on "New York State of Mind"?

Joel, awesomely, obliged ... and it was incredible:

You can see why the music legend gave him major props afterward. Pollack later talked about how the moment in January came about. He tells InsideVandy:

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The New York City area brought in the big guns past night.

In addition to Bruce Springsteen's performance, Billy Joel thrilled his hometown crowd at Madison Square Garden as part of the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief.

In addition to "New York State of Mind," the acclaimed singer-songwriter-pianist pounded out "Movin' Out" and "River of Dreams." Check out the latter below:

Springsteen, Joel and a Nirvana reunion? It was a good night to be at MSG, even if those musical legends were brought together by a hurricane tragedy.

Millions upon millions have been raised to date.