Billy Joel Is Madison Square Garden's New Franchise

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Billy Joel at today's press conference
Today, Madison Square Garden and Billy Joel held a press conference to officially reveal their "historic announcement," and it's a fitting one: Billy Joel will be playing a monthly show at the Garden for as long as people attend. In a livestream taking place at the venue this morning, it was revealed that Joel will be the legendary arena's fourth franchise (after the Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty) and first one to be a musical act. Having recently sold out four dates for next year already, one for each of the first four months of 2014, the "Piano Man" will also be performing on May 9th, his 65th birthday. Since 1978, he has played 46 times at the Garden, but has not played a full show there since his 12-show stint in '06. To cap off the news, MSG unveiled a special logo for Billy Joel's monthly residency.

Check out the logo and watch a video from his cameo at last year's 121212 concert event at the Garden after the jump.

See also: Billy Joel, Mayor Bloomberg, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Billy Joel with his Garden franchise logo

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Seventh Ave. & 32nd St., New York, NY

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Stevart
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He should have lots of exciting musical guests.  He has a good enough band to play music by Dion, The Ronettes, etc.  It could be really great.  Springsteen, Tommy James, etc.  Lots of NY local types.  Have Keith Richards sit in with Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck... 

Jnana Wepa
Jnana Wepa

Maybe he can start for the knickerbockers

laristekapriyenklo
laristekapriyenklo

I've heard his people announced a much shorter tour recently, tricking investors into opening their wallets (millions, actually) and then it apparently became a much longer gigging plan, so the overheated tickets were actually just bad business. Theres litigation issues and so on here. . .

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