The Piano Man himself is coming back to Madison Square Garden, and as long as fans will have him, he's not going anywhere for a long time.
On Tuesday, Billy Joel announced that he has agreed to take on a residency of sorts and play the famed NYC venue once a month indefinitely. The first of the monthly shows will take place on Jan. 27, with the next four so far scheduled for Feb. 3, March 21, April 18, and May 9.
"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."
The announcement marks a first for Madison Square Garden, as Joel will be its very first "musical franchise." During the press conference, new logos for the Rangers, Knicks, and Liberty (WNBA) were revealed along with a new logo for "Billy Joel at The Garden."
Joel, 64, is a born and raised New Yorker himself and is certainly no stranger to playing MSG (46 times, to be exact). In fact, his 2006 tour earned him a Madison Square Garden record when his 12 fully-booked shows broke a record for consecutive sellouts. That stint beat the previous record of 10 set by Bruce Springsteen back in 2000.
MSG even raised a banner bearing the number 12 to the rafters in honor of the achievement, making Joel the first non-athlete to have a number retired there. Since then only Elton John has joined him up there.
NBC News notes that the MSG residency is the first of its kind outside Las Vegas, where multiple artists such as John have stayed for an extended period, as is the unique one-show-per-month schedule.