Returns for Record Breaking 5th Consecutive Year
Franchise First: Phillies Sign the Legendary Artist to Contract!
FRIDAY, JULY 27 | 2018
Public on-sale Friday, January 26th at 10AM
Philadelphia Phillies and Live Nation announced today that Billy Joel will return to Citizens Bank Park on Friday, July 27th, 2018. This summer marks Joel as the first artist ever to perform for a record breaking five consecutive years at the Philadelphia stadium and the most ever live performances by any artist in the storied venue’s history.
For the first time in franchise history, the Phillies will honor Billy Joel in a way that’s only been previously bestowed on players and coaches. He will receive an honorary contract from Phillies Vice President and General Manager Matt Klentak and Phillies Manager Gabe Kapler on July 27th.
“Billy Joel continues to have the honor of performing more concerts at our ballpark than any other artist with his fifth straight and seventh overall show,” said Phillies Executive Vice President David Buck. “We could not be more excited to have him part of this franchise and we look forward to what will undoubtedly be another great concert for our fans!”
Citi® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, January 22 at 10AM through Thursday, 25 at 10PM. Tickets will be available for purchase by the general public beginning Friday, January 26 at 10am via Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.
Having sold 150 million records over the past quarter century, scoring 33 consecutive Top 40 hits, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in history. The singer/songwriter/composer is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist. In 2016, the Library of Congress selected “Piano Man” for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its “cultural, historic, and artistic significance.”
In November 2014, Billy Joel received both The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song which honors living musical artists’ lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations, and the once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Award, which is presented to American music icons in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond.
In December 2013, Joel received The Kennedy Center Honors, one of the United States’ top cultural awards. He is also the recipient of six GRAMMY® Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Legend Award. Joel has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has received numerous industry awards including a TONY AWARD for “Movin’ Out,” a Broadway musical based on Joel’s music. For his accomplishments as a musician and as a humanitarian, Joel was honored as the 2002 MusiCares Person Of The Year by the MusiCares Foundation and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
Joel has also performed alongside other music greats at two of Madison Square Garden’s most extraordinary benefit concerts – “12-12-12, The Concert For Sandy Relief,” which raised awareness and money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy and “The Concert for New York City,” which was held to help aid 9/11 victims and heroes. Billy Joel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, adding another milestone to his brilliant career.