Billy Joel Bio and Tour Dates
Having sold more than 150 million records, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. Throughout the years, Joel's songs have acted as personal and cultural touchstones for millions of people, mirroring his own goal of writing songs that "meant something during the time in which I lived ... and transcended that time."
Joel has had 33 Top 40 hits and 23 Grammy nominations since signing his first solo recording contract in 1972. In '90, he was presented with a Grammy Legend Award. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in '92, Joel was presented with the Johnny Mercer Award - the organization's highest honor - in 2001.
In 1999, Joel was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and he has received the Recording Industry Association of America Diamond Award, which is presented for albums that have sold over 10 million copies.
New York's quintessential son is also the first music franchise of Madison Square Garden. Billy Joel kicked off this franchise at The Garden on January 27, 2014, and he will continue to perform a show per month at the legendary venue as long as there is demand. Since his first show there in 1978, Joel has performed 46 shows at Madison Square Garden, including an unprecedented 12 consecutive sold-out shows that have earned Joel a spot among the Garden greats with a banner raised in his honor.
Joel is no stranger to performing in baseball stadiums. In 2008, the Long Island native closed the curtain at Shea Stadium as the last performer to play the iconic stadium before its demolition. In '10, Joel released "Live at Shea Stadium: The Concert" a concert film of the historic performance and the companion documentary, "The Last Play at Shea."
The documentary film examines the intersecting histories of a city, a team and a music legend as it charts both the ups and downs of the New York Mets and the life and career of Joel. Energetically set to the soundtrack of Joel's final Shea concert, "The Last Play At Shea" interweaves personal and candid Joel interviews with concert footage (including guests such as Sir Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Steven Tyler, John Mayer, Don Henley, Roger Daltrey), the history of Shea and the birth of the Mets.
Now, Joel is bringing his energetic live show to MLB stadiums across the country. Dates and ticket information for the music legend's stops at the following parks can be found here:
May 14 San Diego, CA - Petco Park
May 20 Seattle, WA - Safeco Field
July 1 Pittsburgh, PA - PNC Park
July 9 Philadelphia, PA - Citizens Bank Park
July 30 Washington, DC - Nationals Park
August 18 Boston, MA - Fenway Park
August 26 Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field