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Red Sox, Live Nation celebrate the 1st music franchise of the Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox and Live Nation New England announced Thursday that Billy Joel will be honored with the first music franchise at Fenway Park.
January 10, 2019

The Boston Red Sox and Live Nation New England announced Thursday that Billy Joel will be honored with the first music franchise at Fenway Park. His return to Fenway Park on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 will continue his stadium residency. Joel will be the first artist to be inducted into

The Boston Red Sox and Live Nation New England announced Thursday that Billy Joel will be honored with the first music franchise at Fenway Park. His return to Fenway Park on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 will continue his stadium residency.

Joel will be the first artist to be inducted into a Music Hall of Fame display being created this offseason depicting the artists who have had multiple successful shows at the ballpark.

"Billy Joel has so thoroughly committed to Fenway Park with his pledge to perform at the ballpark annually, and this Hall of Fame dedication is a small token of our appreciation for his devotion to the City of Boston and our venue," said Red Sox President Sam Kennedy. "We are eager for his sixth consecutive performance during the 2019 Plainridge Park Casino Fenway Concert Series."

American Express cardmembers will have first access to presale tickets for the September 14th show from Monday, January 14th at 10:00AM (EST) through Wednesday, January 16th at 10:00PM (EST). Presale ticket access will also be available for the September show through Ticketmaster Verified Fan®. By collaborating with Verified Fan, we can create a safe and reliable shopping experience, and protect the fans from those who are using malicious technology to access tickets. Verified Fan registration opens on Thursday, January 10th at 12:00PM (EST) and continues until Sunday, January 13th at 12:00 AM EST. The Verified Fan presale will run on Tuesday, January 15th at 10:00AM (EST) through Wednesday, January 16th at 10:00PM (EST). A simple registration is all it takes to participate. For more information and to register, visit https://verifiedfan.ticketmaster.com/billyjoel2019/.

Tickets for the September show will be available for purchase by the general public beginning at 10:00AM (EST) on Thursday, January 17th via RedSox.com/BillyJoel.

In November 2014, Billy Joel received both The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song which honors living musical artists' lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations, and the once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Award, which is presented to American music icons in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond.

Joel received The Kennedy Center Honors, one of the United States' top cultural awards, in December 2013. He is also the recipient of six GRAMMY® Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Legend Award. Joel has been inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has received numerous industry awards including a TONY AWARD for "Movin' Out," a Broadway musical based on Joel's music. For his accomplishments as a musician and as a humanitarian, Joel was honored as the 2002 MusiCares Person Of The Year by the MusiCares Foundation and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Billy Joel: New York State of Mind, the documentary film, explores Joel's unprecedented franchise at Madison Square Garden. Billy Joel: New York State of Mind won five New York Emmys at the 61st Annual NY Emmy Awards in April 2018.