BILLY JOEL has had an extended and spectacular career since he hit big with, PIANO MAN, in 1973. He was born in the Bronx 68 years ago, but spent his formative years on Long Island, where he still resides on a large estate in the Hamptons. Billy was inducted into The Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2013, Joel received the Kennedy Center Honors, the nation's highest honor for influencing American culture through the arts.
But what I'm dedicating this post to is his remarkable string of 90 Sold Out Monthly Shows at Madison Square Garden that if all seats are counted accrue to an audience of just over 2 million people. It's a pretty sweet gig for William Martin Joel, about an hour before Show Time a Helicopter lands on his side lawn and whisks him across the Water into the City and a Rooftop Landing Pad where he takes an elevator down to a waiting Limo that in a short trip deposits him in the bowels of Madison Square Garden just prior to his going on stage. (I just said that in one breath.)
The rambunctious crowds are always "In a New York State of Mind," and Mr. Joel is Mister New York music-wise. I haven't seen a statistic on how many fans have seen more than one show, but I imagine that there's been quite a few willing to pay the hefty price and able to score tickets to get in. It was on December 3, 2013, that it was announced that Joel would become a franchise of Madison Square Garden, playing one concert a month indefinitely, starting with a date on January 27, 2014; I can think of no other recording artist who has ever done such a thing. For our Billy Joel TDR Tribute Video, we've selected the song that launched his career, "Piano Man," a song he wrote about his early days with excellent picture and sound. @therealdonrocks