FRANCHISE OF THE WEEK: Billy Joel, MSG Artist in Residence
Ron Seifried | On 06, Dec 2013
Who says franchises are limited to movies and TV shows? This week, Madison Square Garden and Billy Joel announced he will be the first ever Artist in Residence at the New York landmark. This marks an unprecedented shift in music entertainment for a high-profile act performing at one location for an extended period of time outside of Las Vegas.
The New York native is no stranger to sold-out shows at MSG. He performed 12 consecutive concerts during his 2006 tour, and since 1978 has played MSG 46 times (still short of Elton John’s record of 63 concerts). Joel is also the only non-athlete to have his “number” 12 retired at the Garden for the 2006 shows.
The Residency will kick off on January 27, 2014 with Joel’s first monthly concert at the Garden, and includes his 65th birthday celebration on May 9. The first four shows are already sold out, an amazing feat for an artist who hasn’t released a new album in 20 years.
“Playing Madison Square Garden is an experience that never gets old,” Joel said. “A show a month at the Garden for as long as there’s demand means more opportunities to connect with music fans and provides a unique and memorable show every time we play here.”
How this new franchise will affect the music industry is anyone’s guess. Will Bruce Springsteen have an official regular appearance at the Meadowlands, or Paul McCartney at Wembley Arena? The new Billy Joel MSG franchise will be good for the NYC economy. Out of towners will schedule their vacations around a Billy Joel concert like a Broadway Show. I am sure he will eventually play more than once per month if the demand is there.