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Billy Joel puts retirement on hold for New York residency, U.S. tour

In something of a flip on the concept of the glitzy Las Vegas residency that's blossomed in recent years, Billy Joel found himself a regular gig close to his house. His monthly Madison Square Garden residency kicked off this week with a night of singalongs and salty jokes--a perfect combo for his longtime fans. // Tour dates at SoundSpike

In something of a flip on the concept of the glitzy Las Vegas residency that's blossomed in recent years, Billy Joel found himself a regular gig close to his house. His monthly Madison Square Garden residency kicked off this week with a night of singalongs and salty jokes--a perfect combo for his longtime fans.

Joel says that MSG management approached him about the idea, and the more he thought about it, the more he liked it. "So I go, 'Wait a minute, that's nice. That's one place I don't have to schlep to," he told CBS news. "I can commute to it from where I live."

The arrangement gives Joel the venerable arena for one night a month, for as long as he wants. It's a far reach from the Broadway-like schedule that the likes of Celine Dion, Elton John and Shania Twain have worked in Las Vegas, and that's frankly just how Joel would prefer it, after somewhat famously torpedoing a much busier co-headline tour with Elton John in 2010. Following several cancelled shows, Joel announced he's be taking a year off, shutting down the tour and frustrating his co-headliner.

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A dust-up of words between the two dragged out in dueling press reports, culminating in the two announcing separately from the stage at the 2013 Songwriters' Hall of Fame inductions that they were once again just fine.

Joel will be 65 this year, and with the MSG offer coming after a few years of college lecture appearances, he decided to dust off the band and wind a tour around the MSG shows.

The resulting itinerary hits most major regions of the country, with a three-night stay at the Hollywood Bowl in May.


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February, 2014
2 -New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
9 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
15 - Detroit, MI - The Palace Of Auburn Hills
21 - Pittsburgh, PA - CONSOL Energy Center

March, 2014
9 - Toronto, Canada - Air Canada Centre
14 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
21 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden

April, 2014
1 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
6 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
18 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden

May, 2014
9 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
17 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Bowl
22 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Bowl
27 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Bowl

June, 2014
1 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center
7 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand
21 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden

July, 2014
2 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
18 - Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field
26 - Washington, D.C. - Nationals Park

August, 2014
2 - Philadelphia, PA - Citizens Bank Park
7 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden

September, 2014
17 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden


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