Billy Joel announces Madison Square Garden 2019 shows
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Billy Joel has announced more 2019 dates for his Madison Square Garden residency, keeping the "Piano Man" playing at one of the country's most iconic venues for select nights throughout most of the year. Fans can get tickets to the new concerts now here at AXS.

These seven shows extend what's one of the more unique performer and venue relationships in the music industry. Back in 2013, Joel struck a historic deal with Madison Square Garden officials to become the arena's first "music franchise," agreeing to perform a select number of concerts there each year "as long as there's demand." While other artists have had residencies elsewhere, no one had done anything like this at the Garden before; it even included Joel getting his own logo, treating him just like the sports teams that inhabit the venue.

It's turned out to be a perfect fit. Six years later, Joel is still selling out the place with amazing performances that occasionally include surprises; on Valentine's Day, he brought out his daughter Alexa Ray Joel for a duet version of "New York State of Mind" that you can watch by playing the video above. Though he turns 70 in May, he hasn't lost anything off his voice or his enthusiasm for performing.

This also has more meaning than just another high-profile residency. Joel is a New York native; this is his home state, and he's been at Madison Square Garden for a number of important dates, both personal and professional. In 2012, he performed there as part of 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief, and in 1999, he was on stage for nearly four hours, playing three dozen songs, on New Year's Eve. The venue clearly holds a special meaning for him, not only because it's his home but it's been such an integral part of his legendary career.

There's no better place to see Billy Joel than at Madison Square Garden, and now there are seven new opportunities; he's scheduled one concert a month starting April 12 and going through Oct. 25.

Tickets to see Billy Joel live at Madison Square Garden are on sale now through the AXS event pages linked below. Ticket prices and more information are available on each event page. Don't wait to get your seats; tickets will certainly sell out, because what music fan doesn't want to see one of the great singer-songwriters of his generation in a venue that's known around the world?

Below are Billy Joel's newly announced tour dates:

April 12 - New York City, NY - Madison Square Garden (Tickets)
May 9 - New York City, NY - Madison Square Garden (Tickets)
June 2 - New York City, NY - Madison Square Garden (Tickets)
July 11 - New York City, NY - Madison Square Garden (Tickets)
Aug. 28 - New York City, NY - Madison Square Garden (Tickets)
Sept. 27 - New York City, NY - Madison Square Garden (Tickets)
Oct. 25 - New York City, NY - Madison Square Garden (Tickets)

For more on Billy Joel, including tickets to his upcoming concerts, visit his artist page at AXS.