Billy Joel Announces Madison Square Garden Residency

Billy Joel will perform once a month at Madison Square Garden — if fans will have him.

The icon announced Tuesday that he'll perform a residency at the famed NYC venue once a month for as many months as New Yorkers demand. He's set to perform sold-out shows on Jan. 27, Feb. 3, March 21 and April 28. He will also perform on his 65th birthday, which is May 9. Tickets go on sale Saturday.

"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 MSG Company executive chairman James L. Dolan in a statement. 

"It is particularly fitting that these two great icons are coming together to make entertainment history right here in New York," said Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York. 

Joel - the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and third best-selling solo artist - describes playing the venue as a "thrilling experience" and adds that "there's no place like coming home to The Garden."

The Bronx-born Joel first performed at MSG in 1978.

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