Madison Square Garden executive chairman and beloved New York Knicks owner James Dolan announced Tuesday that Billy Joel will become the famous venue’s “first music franchise.” The deal stipulates that Joel will play at least one show per month at MSG “as long as there’s demand.” Which, in my mind, means until he expires…or until MSG does, seeing as how the New York City Council wants them out in 10 years to expand Penn Station.
“I’ve been touring almost all my life,” Joel told USA Today. “The idea of being on the road for long periods of time isn’t appealing to me at this point. I can commute to work, like everyone else does. You take the schlep factor out.”
He also announced his intentions to mix up his set lists and play a mix of hits and obscure songs, though he won’t be including any of recent compositions for piano. These shows will be his first solo appearances in the U.S. since 2008, and he’ll even have his own MSG logo like the Knicks and Rangers.
The Piano Man is already something of an MSG staple, with 40 shows under his belt and the famous run of 12 consecutive nights in 2006. Five shows have already been announced, including a May 9th show that will fall on his 65th birthday. Below, find the full list Joel’s current tour dates, including a New Year’s Eve show in Brooklyn.
Billy Joel 2013/2014 Tour Dates:
31 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Barclays Center *
7 – Sunrise, Fla. @ BB&T Center
11 – Sunrise, Fla. @ BB&T Center
17 – Tampa, Fla. @ Tampa Bay Times Forum
22 – Jacksonville, Fla. @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
27 – New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
3 – New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
21 – New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
18 – New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
9 – New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
= w/ Ben Folds Five