Billy Joel has pushed all of his previously announced 2020 and 2021 Madison Square Garden concerts to new dates, with the first set for November 5th, 2021.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the “Piano Man” — who had already pushed his spring 2020 shows to the fall — has now been forced to reschedule all his shows to late-2021 and early-2022. There has been no announcement yet regarding the rescheduling of Billy's out-of-town 2021 stadium dates.
A message was posted to fans on BillyJoel.com, which reads in part:
Please be advised that the six Billy Joel concerts, which were originally scheduled to take place at Madison Square Garden between March and August 2020, and were subsequently postponed to September 2020 through February 2021, have been rescheduled to take place between November 2021 and April 2022. All original dates, along with their corresponding initial rescheduled dates and the new rescheduled dates are outlined below.
Tickets for the original show dates and initial rescheduled show dates will be valid for the corresponding new rescheduled dates in 2021 and 2022.
RESCHEDULED: Billy Joel Madison Square Garden dates (subject to change):
November 5, 2021 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from September 26, 2020)
December 20, 2021 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from October 11, 2020)
January 14, 2022 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from November 13, 2020)
February 12, 2022 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from December 20, 2020)
March 24, 2022 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from January 13, 2021)
April 8, 2022 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from February 3, 2021)
We caught up with Billy Joel not too long ago and asked him about whether he's getting the itch to release any of his latest classical pieces he's been working on at home. He told us in so many words, “No”: “Nah. I'm not interested in disseminating it. I'm writing for my own edification, really. I'm just trying to learn how to do it. I'm still learning.”
We tried to force Billy's hand by saying that if he didn't release all this new classical music, by the time that it does reach the masses — possibly long after he's dead — chances are the arrangers and performers might just get it all wrong: “Nah, nah, nah. If I have it on tape, y'know, maybe it'll. . . it can get interpreted any way it wants. It's like when I put out records and people wanna redo the songs their way: Great! G'head! Hey, I'm happy anybody's doing anything of my stuff!”
AUDIO: BILLY JOEL ON RELEASING MUSIC POSTHUMOUSLY
AUDIO: BILLY JOEL ON WRITING SCORES FOR HIMSELF