Billy Joel is movin’ in.
The singer will become the first-ever music franchise at Madison Square Garden, with the six-time Grammy winner performing a once-a-month residency beginning in January, the arena announced today. The first four previously announced shows — January 27, February 3, March 21 and April 18 — are already sold out. The shows will continue as long as there is demand.
“Since his first show in 1978, Billy has performed 46 shows at Madison Square Garden, including an unprecedented 12 consecutive sold-out shows that have earned Billy a spot among the Garden greats with a banner raised in his honor. Today, we take that relationship even further and are extremely honored to have Billy as The Garden’s first music franchise,” said James L. Dolan, executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company. “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.”
“Performing at Madison Square Garden is a thrilling experience,” Joel said in a release. “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.”