Billy Joel has issued a word of warning to fans procrastinating about catching the six-time Grammy winner at his record-breaking monthly residency in New York at Madison Square Garden or at one of his many upcoming gigs in ballparks across the U.S. The Piano Man's future plans will involve “less and less gigs” and more time devoted to his “personal life.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer made the comments in a new interview with Newsday posted March 27. The “Just the Way You Are” hitmaker has been consistently selling out shows and breaking attendance records in The Big Apple at The Garden since beginning his monthly residency back on Dec. 3, 2013. Despite recently announcing his 44th consecutive show, scheduled for Aug. 21 at The World’s Most Famous Arena, Joel believes that ticket sales will eventually begin “dissipating” and he will “probably fold the tent.”
"I don't know that I'm going to be able to continue selling out shows at The Garden,” Joel tells Newsday. “We're at what show, No. 40? Eventually, there has to be an end to the arc.”
“I’ve got a new baby now and I’m trying to (free) my time more for having a personal life,” Joel adds. "So I’m looking at less work. It feels like I’m entitled. I’ve been working my whole life. It’s time to slow down.”
Fans hoping to catch the multi-platinum in 2017 can breath easy as they will still have a number of opportunities to catch Joel live over the next few months. The New York native has two shows line up on his home turf in April. The legendary singer-songwriter will be the first artist to perform on April 5 in Long Island, New York, on opening night at the newly renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and will also perform his 40th sold-out show on April 14 at MSG.
Joel recently added a new tour date to take place Nov. 3 in Indianapolis at Bankers Fieldhouse Stadium and he will be back on the road on April 28 in Atlanta at SunTrust Park.