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Billy Joel becomes Madison Square Garden’s first music franchise, will perform once a month

By Daniel S Levine,

Billy Joel may have sung about “Moving Out” 36 years ago, but he’s “moving in” to Madison Square Garden, confirming Tuesday that he will perform at least one show at the historic venue a month. Joel will be considered a franchise, just like the NBA’s Knicks, the NHL’s Rangers and the WNBA’s Liberty.

As part of today’s announcement, MSG and Joel confirmed the date for his May show, which will take place on May 9. He already announced shows for Jan. 27, Feb. 3, March 21 and April 18, which have all sold out. New shows will be added monthly based on demand.

James L. Dolan, executive chairman, The Madison Square Garden Company, noted that Joel has been performing sold-out shows at MSG since 1978, including the historic run of 12 straight sold-out shows (as chronicled on 12 Gardens Live).

“Today, we take that relationship even further and are extremely honored to have Billy as The Garden’s first music franchise,” Dolan 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. We welcome Billy home and look forward to many unforgettable nights of music at the Garden.”

Even Gov. Andrew Cuomo noted the importance of the announcement, saying, “I offer my congratulations to Billy Joel and Madison Square Garden and the millions of fans worldwide who will benefit from this collaboration for years to come.”

“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 said.

According to Rolling Stone, it is very common for artists to do residencies in Las Vegas, but this is the first time an artist has agreed to do a residency outside of Sin City. But even with those residencies, usually an artist will be doing more than one show a month for a defined period of time. Joel’s deal with MSG is open-ended.

Joel will be performing at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on New Year’s Eve and has four shows set in Florida next month.

image: Wikimedia Commons

 
 

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