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, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 12/03/13 --  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
65th 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 7th. 
"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(R) 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 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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For press related inquiries, please contact: 
For Citi: 
Brian Bumbery: 
brian@bbgunpress.com
(323) 904-9094 
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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