Tour Dates | Billy Joel To Play Outside Of NYC Too
... Earlier this week legendary performer Billy Joel
announced a residency atMSGin NYC. Joel and his band won't only play shows in NYC as he's just announced ahandfulof additional performances. The Long Island native will play the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on February 9; the ConsolEnergy Center in Pittsburgh on February 21 and will make his Hollywood Bowl debut on May17.Public on-sales for the Hollywood and Pittsburgh shows are set to take place on Friday,December 13 at 10 a.m. local time followed by the Raleigh on sale on Saturday, December 14at 10 a.m. ET. Billy also recently announced a February 9 performance at The Palace ofAuburn Hills near Detroit. Here's the current list of Billy Joel
tour dates: 12/31 @ Barclays Center - Brooklyn, NY 1/7 and 1/11 @ BB&T Center - Sunrise, FL 1/17 @ Tampa Bay Times Forum - Tampa, FL 1/22 @ Jacksonville Veteran's Memorial Arena - Jacksonville, FL 1/27, 2/3, 3/21, 4/18, 5/9 and 6/21 @ Madison Square Garden - NYC, NY 2/9 @ PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC 2/15 @ Palace of Auburn Hills - Auburn Hills, MI 2/21 @ Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA 5/17 @ Hollywood Bowl - Hollywood, CA Tour Dates | Billy Joel
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Billy Joel to play Madison Square Garden forever?
... my life. 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." New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also commented on the new arrangement, saying "Today's announcement that Billy Joel
is joining the Madison Square Garden family as their first music franchise is truly a momentous occasion. It is particularly fitting that these two great icons are coming together to make entertainment history right here in New York. I offer my congratulations to Billy Joel
and Madison Square Garden and the millions of fans worldwide who will benefit from this collaboration for years to come. More from VVN Music Have Your Say Stay updated with your free Music News daily newsletter. Subscribe here now! Billy Joel
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Billy Joel Launching Indefinite Residency at Madison Square Garden
... (Radio.com) Billy Joel
announced an ongoing residency at New York's Madison Square Garden. Joel will perform one concert there per month "for as long as his fans continue to want to come, which should be a long time," noted Hank J. Ratner, the president and CEO of the Madison Square Garden Company, at the event. Prior to the announcement, Joel had already announced concerts at the famed arena on January 27, February 3, March 21 and April 18, all of which have sold out, according to his official website. Another date was announced at the press conference: May 9, which is Joel's 65th birthday. Dates for Billy Joel
's concerts past May will be announced at a later date, and he promises a unique show every night. Like the other permanent residents of the Garden (The Knicks, The Liberty and The Rangers), Joel has been given his own custom logo. See it and read more here. Radio.com is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright Radio.com/CBS Local - Excerpted here with permission. Billy Joel
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When he was 21, after his band broke up and his girlfriend left him, he tried to kill himself by drinking furniture polish (he "took the Pledge"). He learned that furniture polish doesn't kill you, it just gets you really sick. After the incident, he checked himself into a hospital for depression, which he later said was a great experience, since he saw people who had far worse problems and learned to stop feeling sorry for himself.
In 1970, he released an album with Attila, which was a really bad Heavy Metal duo the promised to "destroy the world through amplification." (it actually said that in the liner notes of their album)
In 2001, he sold his house in The Hamptons to Jerry Seinfeld for $32 million. Joel forgot to tell Seinfeld that it overlooked a nude beach.
His first solo album, Cold Spring Harbor, was recorded at the wrong speed. The vocals were too fast and made Joel's voice sound unnatural.
Joel's father was a pianist and met his mother when she was singing at the City College of New York in a Gilbert and Sullivan company.
In the mid-'90s, Joel was part of a series of protests on Long Island in New York. The state was going to ban haul-seining (the traditional method of catching striped bass). This would have put a lot of fisherman out of work. Joel said his interest was because it was an old tradition in his community. That's why he frequently risked arrest in support of the fishermen.
Joel married supermodel Christine Brinkley in 1985 and divorced her in 1994, supposedly because of Joel's busy road schedule. They met in 1982 when Joel was playing a hotel bar in the Caribbean.
Growing up in Hicksville, New York (on Long Island), Joel was a boxer for three years. He broke his nose, but was crowned Local Welterweight Champ of Hicksville in 1964.
He toured several times with fellow pianist Elton John. They played together at the Concert for New York City, a benefit concert for the policemen and firefighters involved in the World Trade Center attacks in late 2001.
Many critics trashed him in the '70s. Joel used to tear up their reviews onstage.
In 1992, Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 1999, he made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Yankee Stadium's first Rock concert featured Billy Joel on his 1989 Storm Front tour.
Joel has seen many legal battles over the years. He sued his ex-manager and ex-brother-in-law Frank Weber for fraud and misappropriation of funds. He also sued ex-lawyer Allen Grubman for fraud, malpractice, and breach of contract.
Joel has stated he is an atheist, although he believes he has reached some spiritual planes through music. (thanks, Amy - Chicago, IL)
Joel was raised as a non-practicing Jew. As a boy, he would go with his Catholic friends to Sunday Mass. He said he was "busted" when he started giggling in a confessional booth. (thanks, Ken - Louisville, KY)
He was the last artist to play Shea Stadium, which is where the New York Mets play. Joel will be the first artist in history to play all 4 of New York City's major sports venues: Shea, Yankee Stadium, Giants Stadium and Madison Square Garden. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
In 2003, he won a Tony Award for the orchestration of his Broadway musical Movin' Out. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Joel was a Rock critic in the early '70s for the magazines Changes and Go!. After giving Al Kooper's Supersession a bad review, he felt horrible and quit the gig. Many years later, he was asked to be a judge on American Idol, and turned down the gig because he didn't like to judge musicians. Steven Tyler took the gig.
As far as piano players go, Steve Winwood is his favorite. Joel says that Winwood plays all the right piano notes the same way Clapton does on guitar.
Billy Joel's first wife was his business manager, Elizabeth Weber Small, the former wife of his music partner, Jon Small, in the short-lived duo Attila. With his second wife, model and actress Christie Brinkley, he has a daughter, singer Alexa Ray Joel, whose middle name is after Ray Charles, one of Joel's musical idols.
Joel told The New York Times Magazine
in 2013 that when he was in a financial crunch a few years previously, he sold a house he was building in the Hamptons to Jerry Seinfeld, and his New York City home to Sting
. "I was praying for a rock star," Joel said of the latter property. "They don't care what their accountant says. If they want something, they buy it."