Fans of that great piano man, Billy Joel, are in for a real treat, as he announces an open-ended residency, in fact the first-ever music franchise, at The Madison Square Garden for 2014. Apparently as long as there is a demand, Billy Joel will be playing a concert there every single month, and you just know there will be an open-ended demand.
A six time Grammy-winning New Yorker, Joel is to be established as the 4th franchise at The Madison Square Garden and is joining the Knicks, Liberty and Rangers as resident at the world famous arena.
New York State governor Andrew M. Cuomo was at the press conference and praised Billy Joel as a symbol of New York strength following both 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. Cuomo said that today’s announcement is a truly momentous occasion.
James L. Dolan, executive Chairman of the Madison Square Garden Company, said in a press conference today that since his first show in 1978, Joel has performed 46 shows at Madison Square. These shows included an unprecedented 12 consecutive sold-out shows.
Dolan said that they are “extremely honored” to have Joel as the first music franchise at “The Gardens,’ adding “We welcome Billy home and look forward to many unforgettable nights of music at the Garden.”
Dolan added that the Madison Square Garden Residency would be open-ended.
As for Joel himself, he said that performing at Madison Square Garden is “a thrilling experience.” He said that while he has played at different venues worldwide, there is nothing like coming home to The Garden.
Concerts in 2014 are already starting to sell out, with January, February, March and April gone. Fear not, however, as a show has been officially added for May 9th with tickets to go on sale on December 7th.
Of interest to note, the May 9th show coincides with Joel’s 65th birthday. Any Citi card members can get tickets through an exclusive presale from December 4th up until December 6th, before the remaining tickets are made available to the general public.
More dates are still to be added to the growing calendar of events.
It is not particularly surprising that the shows sold out so quickly, as Joel already holds a venue record for 12 consecutive sold out performances. It is only to be expected that as more shows get added to the list, they will sell out too. If you’re not too late, Joel is also doing a New Year’s Eve show at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn too.
The best thing to do is to bookmark Billy Joel’s official website for the residency and keep up to date as shows are added and tickets are booked.
As institution in New York City, Joel is well-known for his connection to his home town. His work is an inspiration to us all, making Joel one of the most popular, long-standing musicians yet.
So far, he has achieved 150 million global album sales. He is the third best-selling solo artist ever and the sixth best-selling recording artist.
Joel recently was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor for The Piano Man and he inspired the Tony award-winning play Movin’ Out.
So fans, remember, keep the official Billy Joel in The Garden website bookmarked and check in regularly to book your tickets during this open-ended residency at The Madison Square Garden.
The following video is Billy Joel playing live In Concert at Tokyo Dome, November 2006:
By Anne Sewell