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Billy Joel Enters Fifth Year Of Residency At Madison Square Garden, Sells Millionth Ticket

 

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"Piano Man" Billy Joel extends his residency at the Madison Square Garden in New York until the end of September.

Madison Square Garden Residency

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and native of New York has already sold more than a million tickets in his record-breaking residency in "The Garden." The additional show that was set on Sept. 30 will be Joel's 102nd time to headline at the arena which can hold up to 20,000 people and his 56th performance since he took up residency in the venue four years ago.

"No one's ever done that before, it's his own version of a stadium residency," said Dennis Arfa, the singer's veteran agent. "He gives an amazing performance. People want to hear him sing his legendary songs from a catalog that contain so many iconic hits."

Arfa was responsible for negotiating for the unique residency that hosts monthly performances from the singer-songwriter at the venue.

The performance sells about 19,000 tickets every month, most of which comes from fans in their 40s who rarely go to stadiums to watch concerts, Arfa added. The shows also introduce Joel's music to the younger generation.

"And then on top of it, he's selling out these stadiums five years in a row. His success is a testament to the power of his music, which touches so many people," Arfa stated.

Last year, the 68-year-old's series of concerts grossed over $26.2 million from 12 shows.

Billy Joel, Around The World

Joel will also be performing in several other venues in North America and Europe in the coming months.

He will be at the Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City this year, and he is the first artist to play in the venue in 39 years.

The singer-songwriter will be playing at the Old Trafford Football Ground in Manchester, Aviva Stadium in Dublin, and Voksparstadion in Hamburg. He will also hold performances in Winston-Salem, Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia.

"I thought once you got to be, I think, 50, you gotta quit rock and roll; you're too old for this thing. This is a kids' job," Joel said in a previous interview. "But these other people kept pushing the envelope. The Stones kept going, McCartney kept going, Dylan kept going. The Eagles are still going. All these bands are still rocking out, and it's, 'Wait a minute, so who says you gotta retire?' This is what I do. I've come to understand that this is who I am. This is what I do. And it's probably keeping me alive."

Tickets are now available through BillyJoel.com.

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