Billy Joel on Madison Square Garden residency: “I'm kind of un-retiring"


An estimated 15,000 fans of “The Piano Man” packed into New York’s Madison Square Garden on Monday night for the debut of Billy Joel’s groundbreaking monthly concert series.

Joel told “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose that the venue approached his team about a monthly “residency at the Garden.”

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"So I go, ‘Wait a minute, that's nice. That's one place I don't have to schlep to.  I can commute to it from where I live,’” he said. “And we love the Garden."

Joel's open-ended commitment to the world's most famous arena is unprecedented and represents a new challenge in the singer's five decade career. 

"As long as there's a ticket demand and as long as I'm physically capable of doing it. I'm gonna be 65 years old. Most people retire at 65,” he said. “I'm kind of un-retiring."

When it comes to selling out Madison Square Garden, no artist has done it better than Billy Joel. He set the record with 12 consecutive shows back in 2006 and this year's concerts are already booked through July.

When asked by Rose, he said his happiest moment onstage is when “we're onstage and it's cooking and the band is rocking and the audience is having a great time - that's fun.”

“It's a moment. You can't put it in a bottle,” he said. “And then you run out of the stadium and you get in the car and then you're just another schmuck on the highway."