Billy Joel currently holds the record for the longest string of sold out shows ever at Madison Square Garden, and he'll probably do it all over again, and more, soon. His record of 12 shows could potentially be broken by Joel himself since he will be starting a residency there, performing once a month every month for as long as there is demand. Joel's next four shows at the Garden, Jan. 27th, Feb. 3rd, March 21st and April 28th, are already sold out, and he'll be performing on his 65th birthday on May 9th.
"Performing at Madison Square Garden is a thrilling experience. I've played different venues all over the world, but there's no place like coming home to The Garden. Since my first show in 1978, I've always looked forward to the energy of the crowd. I'm honored to be joining the Madison Square Garden family and look forward to taking the stage of the newly transformed Garden to create many more memorable nights," says Joel. But this isnt just exciting news for Billy Joel. Executive chair of the Garden, James Dolan said, "This new partnership will ensure that someone who has been such an important figure in our past, will also be a major part of our future."
Coming up on December 8th, Joel will also be a 2013 recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor. The Honor is given to people that have contributed significantly to American culture.