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Billy Joel Adding More Shows To MSG


Billy Joel is giving fans a Valentine's Day treat with the surprise announcement of yet another show at New York's Madison Square Garden, where he's been designated a "franchise" like the New York Knicks and Rangers.

Joel will perform November 25, part of a monthly series he began in January; tickets for that show and his October 2 date go on sale today (February 14).

His previous nine announced shows have all been sell-outs. Joel's longtime saxophone player Mark Rivera tells us that he's enjoying Joel's current way of doing things, with mixes the MSG shows with occasional concerts around the country:

It's totally brilliant... We have this residence at the Garden. We're doing one show a month for as long as people buy tickets, which I can't imagine would stop any time soon. We're doing that and some other dates throughout the months, so we're doing maybe five, seven shows a month. It's a very easy pace. His voice is incredible. He's stronger than ever."

Joel performs Saturday (February 15) in suburban Detroit. He also guests on Rivera's first-ever solo album, "Common Bond," which comes out February 18. A box set of Joel's 1987 trip to the Soviet Union is due out later this year.