Billy Joel Announces Monthly Residency at Madison Square Garden
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Billy Joel will be joining hockey’s Rangers and basketball’s Knicks and Liberty as a permanent franchise resident of New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The rock legend will perform one show a month at the famed venue for “as long as there is demand.”
Four previously announced 2014 shows — Jan. 27, Feb. 3, March 21 and April 18 — are already sold out. A fifth, scheduled for Joel’s 65th birthday on May 9, goes on sale tomorrow if you have the right credit card. The singer and piano player, whose name already hangs in MSG’s rafters as a result of his 2006 feat of selling out 12 straight shows, has indicated that he will change the set lists to make each show unique and special.
Speaking at a press conference where his own special logo (really, just a font) was displayed alongside those of the professional sports franchises he now shares a home with, Joel understandably got sentimental.
“In 1978 I achieved my dream of playing this iconic venue for the first time,” he said. “I thought it didn’t get any better than that moment. Now, 35 years later, I’ve had the incredible fortune to experience 46 of those incredible moments right here, including both the Concert for New York and 12-12-12, which were so important to this city. I said it in ’78 and I’ll say it here again, there’s no better venue in the world.”