Billy Joel sets up monthly residency at MSG

Billy Joel performs during the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Music Festival at Fair Grounds Race Course on April 27, 2013, in New Orleans, La. Getty Images

Billy Joel is going to play until the fans just stop coming.

The 64-year-old singer announced Tuesday that he’s performing a once-a-month residency beginning in January at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on hand at Joel's announcement.

He’s already lined up four shows: Jan. 27, Feb. 3, March 21 and April 18. All those are sold out, and Joel vows to play a show a month so long as there is a demand.  He’s also set to play on May 9, his 65th birthday. Tickets go on sale Saturday.

“Performing at Madison Square Garden is a thrilling experience,” Joel said in a statement. “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.”

Joel is no stranger to MSG. He’s played 46 gigs there since his first show at the famed venue in 1979. The New York native also played an unprecedented 12 consecutive sold-out shows at MSG, which earned him a banner at the arena raised in his honor.  


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