Billy Joel Schedules End to Madison Square Garden Shows

150th concert next summer will be the last, he announces
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 1, 2023 4:19 PM CDT
Billy Joel Puts End Date on Madison Square Garden Shows
Billy Joel, left, poses Thursday with daughters and his wife, Alexis Roderick, and New York City Mayor Eric Adams after announcing his Madison Square Garden residency will end next summer.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Billy Joel isn't moving out yet from his monthly perch at Madison Square Garden, but he's decided when he will. The singer-songwriter says he will conclude his residency in July 2024 with his 150th lifetime performance at the venue, the AP reports. "It's hard to believe we've been able to do this for 10 years," Joel said at a news conference Thursday. "I'm now 74. I'll be 75 next year. It seems like a nice number." The record-breaking residency began in January 2014 with Joel playing one show every month at the Garden for, as he said at the time, "as long as the demand continues."

In January 2015, Joel broke his own record for "most consecutive performances by any artist" with the 13th show of his residency, and a new banner was raised to the Garden's rafters. In July 2015, with his 65th lifetime show, Joel broke another record for the "most lifetime performances by any artist," for which another banner was raised. Both of Joel's banners continue to hang at the Garden. "There's only one thing that's more New York than Billy Joel—and that's a Billy Joel concert at MSG," said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “For more than 50 years, Billy’s music has defined our city and brought us together." Joel is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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