BILLY JOEL TO BREAK LIFETIME RECORD OF MOST PERFORMANCES BY ANY ARTIST AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN WITH ANNOUNCEMENT OF 65TH SHOW ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2015
TICKETS FOR THE RECORD BREAKING SHOW ON SALE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22 AT 10AM
New York, NY (November 21, 2014) – Madison Square Garden Entertainment announced today that music icon and Garden franchise Billy Joel has added a record breaking 65th show on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Madison Square Garden. The July show, part of the Time Warner Cable Concert Series, breaks Elton John’s record at the venue for the “most number of performances by any artist” and is the 19th show as part of Joel’s record-breaking residency at The World’s Most Famous Arena.
MSG Entertainment previously announced Joel’s 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th shows, which will take place on January 9, February 18, March 9, April 3, May 28 and June 20, 2015. The January-April shows are currently sold out. Please note, the Thursday, May 28, 2015 performance is subject to change if date conflicts with playoff game.
Citi cardmembers have exclusive access to presale tickets for the May 28 and June 20 shows now through 10PM via www.citiprivatepass.com. Tickets for the May, June and July shows will be available for purchase by the general public beginning at 10AM (EST) on Saturday, November 22, 2014 via ticketmaster.com and by calling Ticketmaster at 866-858-0008. Tickets will also be available at the Madison Square Garden box office on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at noon. Prices range from $64.50 to $124.50. The concerts are being promoted by MSG Entertainment in association with AEG Live and Q104.3 as a media partner.
In December 2013, Madison Square Garden announced Billy Joel as the first-ever music franchise of The World’s Most Famous Arena joining the ranks of The Garden’s other original franchises – including the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty.
Having sold 150 million records over the past quarter century, 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, the third best-selling solo artist and is one of the highest grossing touring artists in the world. 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. “Movin' Out,” a Broadway musical based on Joel’s music choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp, took home two Tony Awards, including Best Orchestrations – Joel’s first Tony Award win – and Best Choreography. For his accomplishments as a musician and as a humanitarian, Joel was honored as the 2002 MusiCares Person Of TheYear 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 extraordinary career.
MSG now offers a rich visual history of Billy Joel and his many Garden performances through a scrollable timeline featuring archival images, video insights from Billy, sharable images and lyrics, plus direct links for ticketing. Visit billyjoelmsg.com for more information. Join the conversation with #BillyJoelMSG.
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The Madison Square Garden Company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment and is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports owns and operates the following sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), the Westchester Knicks (NBADL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, bull riding and tennis. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from the Company’s venues. MSG Media’s television networks consist of regional sports networks, MSG Network and MSG+, collectively referred to as MSG Networks. MSG Entertainment is one of the country's leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the New York Spring Spectacular, both featuring the Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in the Company’s diverse collection of venues. These venues consist of Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, CA, The Chicago Theatre, and the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.
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