Billy Joel 2/2/21

Billy Joel is gearing up to hit the road again, according to MassLive.com. The “Piano Man” is going through with his upcoming tour itinerary, hitting ball fields this spring and summer and resuming his Madison Square Garden residency this fall.

As it stands now, Billy has six stadium gigs and six Garden concerts on the itinerary, with the first show of the year set for April 17th at Charlotte, North Carolina’s Bank of America Stadium.

Although no one would fault Billy Joel if he wanted to keep things mellow and just perform his single Madison Square Garden residence show every month, hitting the road and taking the stage just after eight p.m. has always been in his blood: [“I’m from the old school, I started out as a performer. Before I ever made a record, I was playing in bands in clubs and bars, and dances, Sweet 16’s; so that’s what I do. I don’t think anything really replaces a live performance.”] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . a live performance)

RESCHEDULED: Billy Joel Madison Square Garden dates (subject to change):

April 17 – Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Stadium
June 26 – Notre Dame, IN Notre Dame Stadium
July 29 – Detroit, MI – Comerica Park
August 4 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
August 14 – Buffalo, NY – New Era Field
September 10 – Cincinnati, OH – Great American Ball Park
November 5 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from September 26, 2020)
December 20 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from October 11, 2020)
January 14, 2022 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from November 13, 2020)
February 12, 2022 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from December 20, 2020)
March 24, 2022 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from January 13, 2021)
April 8, 2022 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from February 3, 2021)

TL; DR

  • Billy Joel is gearing up to hit the road again, hitting ball fields this spring and summer and resuming his Madison Square Garden residency this fall.

SIDE NOTES

  • Back in October, Billy Joel‘s longtime saxophonist Mark Rivera revealed to Rolling Stone how well Billy has treated his band while they’ve been sidelined during the pandemic.
  • Rivera, who along with his wife, battled the coronavirus earlier this year, spoke about the Billy Joel’s love and concern for his band during covid, explaining, “I can’t say enough about what Billy has done for this entire … some people call it a community, but it’s a village we have that he’s created. He’s been so incredibly gracious and generous. I don’t have adjectives to describe. . . To be completely serious: a heartfelt thanks to him for taking care of this group of people. Everyone I speak to on the crew and the band feels the same way. I know other situations where guys have played with certain bands for years and they made three-year commitments and the rug has been pulled out from under them. I applaud our ‘Piano Man’ and God bless him.”