The rock star who is the No. 3 best-selling solo artist of the past 40 years has signed up for a very unusual singing gig.
Starting Jan. 27, 2014, Billy Joel will play monthly concerts at the Madison Square Garden arena in New York City "as long as the audience demands," the New York Daily News reports.
Tha deal is a first for the Garden. Usually the only place a singer has a deal like this is in Las Vegas.
The story adds: "The Garden must anticipate the demand will be great since they simultaneously announced Tuesday that Joel, 64, will become their first ever musical ‘franchise.’ That appointment turns Joel into the Garden’s fourth pillar, equal to its three sports teams: the Knicks, the Rangers and the Liberty.
"Already, Joel holds the record for the most Garden shows sold in a sustained run — 12, back in 2006. In total, Joel has played the Garden 46 times, dating to 1978."
The unusual arrangement already appears to be a success. The Garden has announced that Joel’s first four monthly concerts are already sold out, the story says, adding that tickets for the fifth show, May 9, will go on sale Saturday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. ET.
May 9 will be Joel’s 65th birthday, the article notes.
Joel, who was married to superstar model Christie Brinkley for nine years, had his first big hit, "Piano Man," in 1973.
Joel is a native New Yorker, having been born in the Bronx.