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Billy Joel announces one-off 2024 Cardiff concert

Written by on December 9, 2023

Billy Joel has announced his first-ever concert in Cardiff.

The ‘Piano Man’ is only playing one European concert in 2024, on August 9 at the Principality Stadium, and it marks his first time in the Welsh capital.

The ‘Uptown Girl’ hitmaker will be joined by special guest Chris Isaak at the one-off gig.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 15 December at 10am and presale registration is now open via aegpresents.co.uk.

The Cardiff show news comes after Billy announced his final Madison Square Garden residency show.

The music legend is set to wrap the record-breaking stint, which first began back in January 2014, on July 25, 2024.

It will mark his 104th show as part of the concert series and his 150th performance at the stadium, where he first played in 1978.

The 74-year-old musician has performed at the iconic New York venue almost monthly since the start of the residency.

Billy recently told reporters he was “kind of flabbergasted” that his residency has “lasted as long” as it has.

He said: “My team tells me that we could continue to sell tickets, but 10 years, 150 shows… all right already!”

The only major disruption came during the COVID-19 pandemic when he was forced to take an 18-month break from the stage.

Madison Square Garden hailed Billy’s “extraordinary talent” and insisted he will “always” have a home at the venue.

The ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’ hitmaker previously expressed his amazement that people continue to come and see him perform, despite the fact he hasn’t released an album of original material for more than 30 years.

He told Rolling Stone magazine in 2019: “I’ve gone onstage and said, ‘I don’t have anything new for you, so we’re just going to play the old s***’. And the audience goes, ‘Yeah!’

“I’ll be sitting in the stadium looking out at 30,000, 40,000, 50,000 people, thinking, ‘What the hell are they all doing here? Why now?’ I guess, in a way, I’m an anachronism. There aren’t that many of me left. There’s a rarity to it, which gives it value.”

 

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