Billy Joel Madison Square Garden Highlights + Instagram Giveaway

This Friday, November 5, iconic piano man Billy Joel returns to his record-breaking residency at Madison Square Garden. For those not in-the-know: When the residency was first announced, Joel pledged to play MSG once a month until the shows stopped selling out.

Before the coronavirus pandemic put the residency on hold in March 2020, Joel had played a whopping 73 consecutive sold-out shows at MSG. At his thirteenth consecutive monthly performance (January 9, 2015), Joel broke his 2006 record for the most consecutive sold-out shows at the venue. But wait, there's more! According to our setlist data, he's performed at MSG 128 times to date! A not-so-close second is Elton John, with 75 performances to date.

In celebration of the return to The Garden, we're looking back at some memorable moments in Billy Joel's Madison Square Garden history. Stream the hits while you take the walk down setlist memory lane, listen to his Greatest Hits here.

Billy Joel's Madison Square Garden Setlist Highlights


The first time Billy Joel played Madison Square Garden was a three night stay in 1978. While we're missing data on the first night, 12/14, we have the setlist from night #2 which included THREE encores.

See it here: 12/15/1978 Setlist


Billy Joel began a six-night stay in 1980 with this June show date.

See it here: 6/23/1980 Setlist


In 1982 fans rang in the new year with Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden.

See it here: 12/31/1982 Setlist


Fans rang in the new year again with Billy Joel in '99 - this show was dubbed the Millennium Concert.

See it here: 12/31/1999 Setlist


Billy Joel's first monthly show began in January of 2014.

See it here: 1/27/2014 Setlist


In March of 2014 Billy Joel live debuted "Surprises" - he's only played 3 times to date!

See it here: 3/21/2014 Setlist

Jimmy Fallon and Gavin Degraw joined Billy Joel during his 65th birthday concert.

See it here: 5/9/2014 Setlist

Sting and John Mellencamp hit the MSG stage with Billy in November of 2014.

See it here: 11/25/2014 Setlist


Billy Joel live debuted "Through The Long Night" in 2015 and hasn't performed it since 2016.

See it here: 6/20/2015 Setlist

Joel was joined by John Mayer and Steve Miller on this night in 2015.

See it here: 10/21/2015 Setlist


Miley Cyrus and Paul Simon performed with Joel in September of 2017.

See it here: 9/30/2017 Setlist


Billy Joel's daughter Alexa Ray shared the stage in 2019.

See it here: 12/11/2019 Setlist Instagram Sweepstakes

Want to win Billy Joel's brand new box set release, The Vinyl Collection, Vol. 1? Head over to Instagram to enter our giveaway for a chance to win!

Billy Joel Instagram Give-a-way

And don't miss your chance to see Billy Joel in concert for yourself, visit his site HERE for full tour schedule and tickets!

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