The 11 am press conference saw representatives from the Garden and their three sport franchises welcome Billy Joel as a fourth franchise alongside the Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. New York State governor Andrew Cuomo was on hand as well, praising Billy Joel as a symbol of New York strength after 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy.
With concerts in January, February, March and April already sold out, a May 9th show was officially added as of this morning, with the rest of the year's dates to follow. Billy Joel already holds the venue record with 12 consecutive sold out performances, so it's not a stretch to imagine that remaining 2014 dates will also sell out instantly. The singer is also playing a New Year's Eve show at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn.
The impact for New York fans is worth noting. For the foreseeable future, Billy Joel will always be playing in 30 days or less, ensuring that every New Yorker will eventually get their chance to see the legendary pianist perform. And where a Broadway show used to be the standard destination for out-of-town guests, a much more rock n' roll option is now on the table as a monthly possibility.
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