Billy Joel signs on for monthly Madison Square Garden performances

Iconic singer, songwriter and pianist Billy Joel has signed on for the first-ever music "franchise" at Madison Square Garden, joining the ranks of the sports teams New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty.

Iconic singer, songwriter and pianist Billy Joel has signed on for the first-ever music "franchise" at Madison Square Garden, joining the ranks of the sports teams New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty.

The Bronx native will perform one a month at the renowned venue beginning Jan. 27, and will continue "as long as there is demand," according to a press release. The first four dates -- Jan. 27, Feb. 3, March 21 and April 18 -- have already sold out, though a brand-new date, May 9, has just been announced.

Tickets for that show, which falls on Joel's 65th birthday, go on sale to the general public Saturday (12/7).

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Joel has performed 46 shows at The Garden, beginning with his debut in 1978. That feat includes a 12-night run of sold-out performances.

"Performing at Madison Square Garden is a thrilling experience," Joel said in the release. "I've played different venues all over the world, but there's no place like coming home to The Garden."

Joel, who is slated to receive Kennedy Center Honors Sunday (12/8), most recently unveiled "Fantasies & Delusions," in 2008. That album, his first collection of classical compositions, landed at No. 83 on The Billboard 200 and followed his chart-topping 12th album, 1993's "River of Dreams."

 

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