Billy Joel Sets Madison Square Garden Residency

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[from Billboard Magazine, December 3, 2013]  This past Tuesday singer-songwriter Billy Joel announced he will be taking up residency at his beloved Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Four shows have already sold-out on the dates of Jan. 27, Feb. 3, March 21 and April 28. Tickets for his May 9 show, also Joel’s 65th birthday, will go on sale Saturday.

Joel said he is “thrilled to be coming home to his family” at The Garden. “Performing at Madison Square Garden is a thrilling experience,” he said. “I’ve played different venues all over the world, but there’s no place like coming home to The Garden. Since my first show in 1978, I’ve always looked forward to the energy of the crowd.”

Joel’s concerts at Madison Square Garden total 46, and he holds the record for the most consecutive sold-out shows at 12. James L. Dolan, Executive Chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company, “applauded the news. He said, “This new partnership will ensure that someone who has been such an important figure in our past will also be a major part of our future.”

Joel ended a three-year break from performing with a concert at Madison Square Garden benefiting victims of Hurricane Sandy last year on 12-12-12. For the 2013 year, the legendary performer has been on the stage at Australia’s Stone Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as well as a brief United Kingdom tour that ended on Nov. 8 (his first since 2006). In October Joel played his first Long Island concert in 11 years to benefit Long Island Cares, the Hauppauge-based charity founded by Harry Chapin.

Joel will be receiving the Kennedy Center Honor on December 8 and is scheduled to perform at the Madison Square Garden rival, Barlcays Center in Brooklyn, on New Years Eve.