Billy Joel Moves More 2020 Concerts to 2021

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Though he no longer tours, Billy Joel continues to perform concerts roughly twice per month. Like all other entertainers, though, he’s had to adjust his schedule given the Covid-19 virus. In May, he announced several more postponements of his monthly residency at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Months ago, he had booked his first performance ever at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind. However, that show, originally scheduled for June 20, has now been moved to 2021. (He last played the city in 1996.)

His tour calendar includes his annual visits to many of America’s most beloved ballparks, although his concerts at Detroit’s Comerica Park, Boston’s Fenway Park, and his first appearance at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park have been moved to 2021. He will also be returning to Buffalo for his first concert there in more than ten years.

Watch Joel perform “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant” at Fenway in 2018

In 2019, he made his first visits to Denver’s Coors Field (home of the Rockies), the Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park, and Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

On March 9, 2019, Joel visited Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz., and treated the audience to a surprise version of the Eagles’ “Take it Easy.”

Joel, who turned 71 on May 9, has played one show per month at The Garden since January 2014, not counting the 2020 postponements, an unprecedented run. His February 2020 concert marked his 73rd consecutive sold-out show at the World’s Most Famous Arena and his 117th overall performance there.

Watch Joel perform “New York State of Mind” at the Garden in August 2017

Related: Our review of Joel’s March 2015 show with surprise guest Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals

The MSG shows are often marked with surprise guest appearances by fellow classic rock legends. On Jan. 11, 2018, Joel was joined by Foreigner’s Mick Jones and Lou Gramm. In December 2017, Steve Miller sang “The Joker” with him. On Sept. 26, 2017, Joel reversed the trend when he joined Paul McCartney onstage at the Garden.

Related: Looking back at Joel’s historic MSG residency and surprise guests

The beloved musician, singer and songwriter has sold a reported 150 million records worldwide. In 2013, Joel received The Kennedy Center Honors, one of the United States’ top cultural awards. He is also the recipient of six GRAMMY® Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Legend Award. Joel has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has received numerous industry awards including a Tony for Movin’ Out, a Broadway musical based on his music.

Billy Joel 2020-21 Concert Dates (Tickets are available here and here)

Sep 26 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from Mar. 19)
Oct 11 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from Apr. 10)
Nov 13 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from May 2)
Dec 20 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from June 6)
Jan 13, 2021 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from July 23, 2020)
Feb 03, 2021 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (rescheduled from Aug. 3, 2020)
Apr 17, 2021 – Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Stadium (rescheduled from Apr 18, 2020)
Jun 26, 2021 – South Bend, IN – Notre Dame Stadium (rescheduled from June 20, 2020)
Jul 09 – Detroit, MI – Comerica Park (rescheduled from July 10, 2020)
Aug 04 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park (rescheduled from Aug. 28, 2020)
Aug 14 – Buffalo, NY – New Era Field (rescheduled from Aug. 15, 2020)
Sep 10 – Cincinnati, OH – Great American Ball Park (rescheduled from Sep. 11, 2020)

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  1. Petbob47
    #1 Petbob47 11 July, 2020, 16:30

    Why did you abandon Philly? You had a residency at Citizens Bank Park for the last six years.

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  2. Kim
    #2 Kim 12 August, 2020, 15:46

    Can you please tell me any information about the rescheduled show for Billy Joel that was on March 19th rescheduled for September 26th is going to be canceled or rescheduled. I would hope the decision Of it being on, rescheduled, or canceled would be soon, because I need to make plans around the date. If there is any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Kim

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    • Greg Brodsky
      Greg Brodsky 12 August, 2020, 21:15

      As you know, as of Aug. 12 that Sept. 26 date is still listed as on. But it’s really hard to imagine that it will take place on that date. Best to follow his Twitter account as he’s been postponing all his monthly shows since March.

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