New York visitors looking for an opportunity to catch Billy Joel in concert will have that opportunity for the foreseeable future at Madison Square Garden. On Tuesday, the “Piano Man” announced that he will be playing monthly concert dates at the famed venue as long as there is public demand for it.
So in other words—probably until he dies.
It’s really an historic moment for the venue, which has never had an artist in residence, but after more than 40 successful shows at MSG over his career, Billy Joel has become as much of a New York icon as the venue itself. It comes as little surprise, then, that if Billy Joel did a residency, this is where he would have it.
Joel has never had trouble packing Madison Square Garden with fans—he holds the record for consecutive sold-out shows there (12)—and that trend doesn’t look to slow down anytime soon. The first four dates (Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Mar. 21 and Apr. 18) are already sold out. It’s likely that May 9 will sell out, as well—it’s his 65th birthday.
“I’ve played different venues all over the world, but there’s no place like coming home to The Garden,” Joel said in a statement to the press. “Since my first show in 1978, I’ve always looked forward to the energy of the crowd. I’m honored to be joining the Madison Square Garden family and look forward to taking the stage of the newly transformed Garden to create many more memorable nights.”
In honor of the residency, Madison Square Garden added a Billy Joel logo alongside those of the sports teams that play at MSG—namely, the Rangers, the Knicks and the Liberty.
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