Billy Joel to Be First Music Franchise at Madison Square Garden

Sports teams are no longer the only ones to claim franchises at Madison Square Garden. Billy Joel now calls the arena home, a first for the space.

The music icon is set to perform shows there every month starting Jan. 27, with the caveat being that he’ll only perform shows as long as fans are willing to buy tickets. This doesn’t seem to be a problem so far. The four previously announced shows — Jan. 27, Feb. 3, March 21 and April 18 — are already sold out.

Joel is also set to perform on his 65th birthday on May 9. Tickets for that show will be available Dec. 7 to the general public, and Dec. 4 for Citi cardmembers for a special presale.

Joel said he was honored by the development, and “always looked forward to the energy of the crowd” at the famous arena.

“”Performing at Madison Square Garden is a thrilling experience,” he said in a statement. “I’ve played different venues all over the world, but there’s no place like coming home to the Garden.”

A Bronx native, Joel has had quite a history with the arena, performing 46 shows there since 1978. In 2006, he broke a Garden record by performing 12 consecutive sold-out shows.

Tickets range from $64.50-$124.50 and can be purchased via ticketmaster.com.

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