Rumors had been swirling ever since a press conference for a Billy Joel event at Madison Sqaure Garden was announced last week. The speculation varied from playing a show once a month for just the year, to playing a different album for four announced shows. The announcement ended up being that Billy Joel will play at the legendary venue as “the first-ever music franchise” and will play the building once a month for the foreseeable future. This is the first time a venue, anywhere in the country, has done something like this.
The Piano Man was already scheduled to play the venue on January 27, February 3, March 21, and April 18 next year. With this announcement, a birthday show is scheduled for May 9 when Billy turns 65, has been added. The plan is to continue to play shows as long as their is demand for there to be more. Billy also got his own logo for the venue to go alongside The Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty. More shows will be announced in the future. If you are a fan of The Entertainer, there is no reason to not go down to the Garden in the near future and catch one of these shows.
Billy was quoted at the press conference saying, “Performing at Madison Square Garden is a thrilling experience. 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. 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.” More information can be found at the new website for the partnership here.