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Billy Joel Will Play Madison Square Garden for the Rest of His Life

Billy Joel is set to play at Madison Square Garden … forever
Billy Joel Will Play Madison Square Garden for the Rest of His Life
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Have you heard the new Billy Joel album? No? That’s because there isn’t one. The 64-year-old musician hasn’t released a record since 1993 and hasn’t toured since he wrapped up his last gig in 2010. These days, Joel leads a quiet life in the bayside town of Sag Harbor, N.Y. But starting in January he’ll be venturing into Manhattan once a month to perform as the first artist-in-residence at the city’s most famous concert venue, Madison Square Garden. Joel will turn the Garden into his own personal Las Vegas, going on and on forever, until either he or his fans are exhausted.

Classical musicians and orchestras have regular residencies at large venues, but in the rock and pop world, Joel’s deal with the Garden is the first of its kind. (MSG and Joel declined to comment on the specifics of the partnership.) “I think it’s a great experiment, and it has the potential to change the music industry quite a bit,” says Alan Krueger, an economics professor at Princeton University and former chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, who has studied the concert industry. “If it’s successful, I could see it being replicated in other major cities.”