Las Vegas has long been the city that's attracted rock and pop stars to do long-term residencies, but Now Madison Square Garden is doing its version, presenting The Piano Man himself, Billy Joel in concert once a month. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
As if fans need convincing that Billy Joel is always in a New York State of Mind, on Tuesday, Madison Square Garden announced that Joel will play the famed arena once a month for as long as fans come out to the shows.
"We always like to come back here and play," Joel said. "We wanted to do a series of gigs, one a month, and The Garden wanted to make it this, this franchise."
Yes, it is an official MSG franchise, like the Knicks or the Rangers, only for the first time, it's a musician, and it's called "Billy Joel at the Garden."
In all, Joel's played 46 concerts at MSG. The first one was back in 1978. He said that playing here is always special, but he can't take all the credit.
"It's the audience, really, that kicks it," he said. "You walk out and, people go, 'How do you psyche yourself up for the show?' Well, you don't need to psyche yourself up. You walk out on that stage and you hear 'RAHHHHH,' that roar, and that psyches you up."
Of course New Yorkers remember Joel at the historic "Concert for NYC" after the September 11th attacks and the 12-12-12 concert for Sandy relief.
Through the good and bad times, no musician has even been more identified with New York than this hometown hero. Friend and fan Governor Andrew Cuomo attended the announcement, and he almost declared another state song.
"Our prodigal son, who left New York for that other coast, but he came back and penned the greatest love song to the state of New York ever written, "New York State of Mind," Cuomo said.
Like the rest of the Garden franchises, Billy Joel now has his own logo.
"Billy Joel at the Garden" kicks off in January. The first few months are already sold out, but clearly, he wont be "Movin' Out" any time soon.