One of the most successful songwriters and performers of all time, the legendary Billy Joel, has taken the “less is more” type of approach with his 2016 dates. The musician is already booked for a fair chunk of the year, but will perform only a select number of dates.
In order to understand just what it means to the third most successful songwriter in the history of the United States, we’ll just point out that Joel had booked 7 performances at the prestigious Madison Square Garden in New York this year, which are expected to be sold out in a matter of weeks, if not days.
The majority of the remaining performances is set to take place in the US, taking Billy across Memphis, San Diego, Washington DC, and more.
His first show of 2016 will take place at the aforementioned Madison Square Garden on February 13. Interestingly enough, Joel’s last gig of the year is also scheduled to take place at another iconic venue – the Wembley Stadium in London, UK.
US Schedule & Ticket Prices
|Feb 13||8:00PM||New York, NY||$87-$1890||Madison Square Garden|
|Mar 15||8:00PM||New York, NY||$26-$1947||Madison Square Garden|
|Mar 25||7:00PM||Memphis, TN||$6-$1125||Fedex Forum|
|Apr 05||8:00PM||Cincinnati, OH||$6-$12||US Bank Arena|
|Apr 15||8:00PM||New York, NY||$105-$1800||Madison Square Garden|
|May 14||8:00PM||San Diego, CA||$50-$1575||Petco Park|
|May 20||Time TBA||Seattle, WA||$64-$4500||Safeco Field|
|May 27||8:00PM||New York, NY||$81-$13500||Madison Square Garden|
|Jun 17||8:00PM||New York, NY||$26-$1850||Madison Square Garden|
|Jul 01||8:00PM||Pittsburgh, PA||$8-$1350||PNC Park|
|Jul 09||8:00PM||Philadelphia, PA||$56-$15422||Citizens Bank Park|
|Jul 20||8:00PM||New York, NY||$82-$1946||Madison Square Garden|
|Jul 30||7:00PM||Washington, DC||$23-$1422||Nationals Park|
|Aug 09||8:00PM||New York, NY||$26-$1890||Madison Square Garden|
|Aug 18||7:30PM||Boston, MA||$18-$15422||Fenway Park|
|Aug 26||8:00PM||Chicago, IL||$40-$1943||Wrigley Field|
|Sep 10||4:30PM||London, United Kingdom||$690-$690||Wembley Stadium|
|Sep 30||8:00PM||New York, NY||$92-$4500||Madison Square Garden|
|Nov 11||8:00PM||Tulsa, OK||$65-$1800||BOK Center|
|Dec 09||Time TBA||San Antonio, TX||$45-$1385||AT&T Center|
His desire to pursue a career in music was sparked after seeing The Beatles rock the Ed Sullivan show in 1963. In 1965, he founded a band called Echoes and specialized in covering the bands of the so-called British Invasion. He left the band in 1967 and joined another act called the Hassles. That affair didn’t last long either, and Joel was soon a solo artist.
His debut album “Cold Spring Harbor” saw its release in 1971 via Family Productions, achieving nothing but moderate success. When people say it’s a long way to the top, it turns out they are correct in the vast majority of cases.
A major turning point was finally on the horizon in 1973. Joel had released his sophomore studio album “Piano Man,” and although the effort fetched nothing more than a solid response, it spawned the title track, which ultimately became Joel’s staple tune.
The musician’s next two albums, 1974’s “Streetlife Serenade” and 1976’s “Turnstiles” retained the same pace, and Joel was still far from a legend he is today. But his iconic status was just about to be established. The year was 1977, Joel had spent well over a decade in the business, and the light of major success finally shined upon him.
In May 1976, “The Stranger” was released, achieving enormous success across the States thanks to hit sinlges like “Just the Way You Are,” “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song),” “Only the Good Die Young,” “She’s Always a Woman,” and the title track.
The album went on to sell over 10 million copies in the US alone, establishing Mr. Joel as an all-time great. The albums that followed, 1978’s “52nd Street,” 1980’s “Glass Houses,” 1982’s “The Nylon Curtain,” 1983’s “An Innocent Man,” 1986’s “The Bridge,” 1989’s “Storm Front,” and 1993’s “River of Dreams,” were all certified at least double platinum in the US, turning Billy into an icon of the AOR genre.
In 2001, Joel took a peculiar turn and released his first album of classical compositions titled “Fantasies & Delusions.” To this date, the effort marks his last studio release.
What makes Billy a stand-out success is the fact that he wrote all of his compositions himself, with no help from outside writers and musicians. He crafted 33 Top 40 US singles, won six Grammy Awards out of 23 nominations, and sold a whopping total figure of 150 million albums, making him not only the third most successful US songwriter, but the sixth best-selling recording artists in the world.
He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, as well as into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. With a few single exceptions, Joel stopped writing pop and rock material in 1993. His legacy is more than sufficient to secure him a status of a true legend, but we might get to hear a fresh record from Mr. Joel just yet.