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Madison Square Garden Announces Billy Joel as First-Ever Music Franchise "Billy Joel at The Garden"



Madison Square Garden Announces Billy Joel as First-Ever Music Franchise
"Billy Joel at The Garden"

Billy Joel is "Moving In" to The Garden Alongside the Knicks, Rangers and
Liberty

NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Madison Square Garden announced
today that legendary music icon Billy Joel will become 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 – Billy Joel will kick off this franchise at The Garden performing
a show a month, as long as there is demand, starting January 27, 2014. The
first four previously announced shows -- January 27, February 3, March 21,
April 18 are sold out. The just announced May 9 show, which is also Billy's
65^th birthday, will be available to Citi cardmembers during an exclusive
presale from December 4th at 10am (EST) through December 6th at 10pm (EST).
Tickets will then be available for purchase by the general public beginning at
10am (EST) on Saturday, December 7^th.

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"Since his first show in 1978, Billy has performed 46 shows at Madison Square
Garden, including an unprecedented 12 consecutive sold-out shows that have
earned Billy a spot among the Garden greats with a banner raised in his
honor. Today, we take that relationship even further and are extremely honored
to have Billy as The Garden's first music franchise," said James L. Dolan,
executive chairman, The Madison Square Garden Company. "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. We welcome Billy home and look
forward to many unforgettable nights of music at the Garden."

"Today's announcement that Billy Joel is joining the Madison Square Garden
family as their first music franchise is truly a momentous occasion," said
Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York. "It is particularly fitting that these
two great icons are coming together to make entertainment history right here
in New York. I offer my congratulations to Billy Joel and Madison Square
Garden and the millions of fans worldwide who will benefit from this
collaboration for years to come."

"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."

Over its 130-year history, Madison Square Garden has become known as the
preeminent venue for legendary artists and athletes. Billy Joel's first
concert at The Garden was held on December 14, 1978 and, since then, he has
performed an astounding 46 concerts at the Arena. In 2006, with 12-consecutive
performances, Billy Joel broke the Garden's record for "Longest Run of a
Single Artist." To commemorate this historical moment, a banner featuring
"Joel – 12" was raised to The Garden rafters, and now hangs alongside other
Garden legends such as Mark Messier, Rod Gilbert, Walt "Clyde" Frazier, Bill
Bradley and Willis Reed. 

Billy Joel is one of the highest grossing touring artists in the world. Having
sold more than 150 million records over the past quarter century, Billy Joel
ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in
history. Throughout the years, Joel's songs have acted as personal and
cultural touchstones for millions of people, mirroring his own goal of writing
songs that "meant something during the time in which I lived ... and
transcended that time."  The singer/songwriter/composer is the sixth
best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo
artist.

In December, Billy Joel will receive The Kennedy Center Honor, one of the
United States' top cultural awards. New York's quintessential son performed at
the historic 12.12.12 The Concert For Sandy Relief, joining other music greats
to raise awareness and money to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Billy
Joel was honored by Steinway & Sons with a painted portrait that hangs in
Steinway Hall in Manhattan, making him the first non-classical pianist to be
immortalized in the collection. He played to more than 110,000 fans when he
performed the final concerts at Shea Stadium, featured in the 2010 documentary
film "The Last Play At Shea."

Billy Joel has received six GRAMMY® Awards, including the prestigious Grammy
Legend Award. He has been inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame and the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has received numerous industry awards. His
music has also served as the inspiration and score for the hit Tony
Award-winning Broadway play "Movin' Out."

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.

Tickets for the May 9, 2014 Billy Joel performance at Madison Square Garden
will be available to Citi cardmembers during an exclusive presale from
Wednesday, December 4 at 10am through Friday, December 6 at 10pm. Tickets will
then be available for purchase by the general public beginning at 10am on
Saturday, December 7 via ticketmaster.com and by calling 800.745.3000. Prices
range from $64.50 to $124.50. The remaining shows will be announced later this
year. Tickets will also available at the Madison Square Garden Event box
office on Sunday, December 8, 2014. The concerts are being promoted by MSG
Entertainment in association with AEG Live and Q104.3 as a media partner.

About The Madison Square Garden Company

The Madison Square Garden Company is a fully integrated sports, media and
entertainment business. The Company is comprised of three business segments:
MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, which are strategically aligned
to work together to drive the Company's overall business, which 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), 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; and Fuse, a national
television network dedicated to music. MSG Networks also include
high-definition channels, MSG HD and MSG+ HD, and Fuse includes its
high-definition channel, Fuse HD. 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 featuring the Radio City 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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CONTACT: For press related inquiries, please contact:
        
         For Billy Joel:
         Claire Mercuri:
         Claire@clairemercuri.com/ (917) 940-2499
        
         For MSG:
         Mikyl Cordova:
         Mikyl.Cordova@msg.com / (212) 631-4337

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