BILLY JOEL RETURNS TO WRIGLEY FIELD Friday, August 11, 2017
First Artist Ever to Play Wrigley Field Four Years in a Row
Three Consecutive Years of Sold Out Shows
Sets Record for Overall Performances
Public on-sale Friday, January 13 at 10:00AM – CUBS.COM/BILLYJOEL
Chicago, IL (January 5, 2017) – Legendary musician Billy Joel will return to Chicago to perform at Wrigley Field on Friday, August 11, 2017.
This performance will make Billy Joel the first artist in history to play Wrigley Field for four consecutive years, and a record-setting sixth overall appearance. Billy Joel is undeniably the all-time leader in concert ticket sales for the storied ballpark selling over 125,000 tickets. Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, January 13 at 10am via Cubs.com/BillyJoel.
In appreciation of the artist and his fans, the Chicago Cubs will honor Billy Joel with his own day at Wrigley Field. At a date to be announced later in the spring, this Billy Joel day at Wrigley Field will feature music from Billy Joel’s vast catalog throughout the game. More details about this special day will be released soon.
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning MONDAY, JANUARY 9 at 10:00 AM through THURSDAY, JANUARY 12 at 10:00 PM. Tickets will be available for purchase by the general public beginning 10 AM on FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 via Cubs.com/BillyJoel or by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS.
In December 2013, Billy Joel became Madison Square Garden’s first-ever music franchise, joining the ranks of the storied venue’s other original franchises – the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. Since January 2014, Joel has played one show per month at The Garden as part of the Time Warner Cable Concert Series. This unprecedented and wildly successful residency has led to 36 sold-out shows through December 2016.
Billy Joel is one of the biggest concert draws in the world and continues this achievement with an impressive run of sold-out consecutive stadium shows and concert arenas. Having sold 150 million records over the past quarter century, scoring 33 consecutive Top 40 hits, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in history. The singer/songwriter/composer is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist. In 2016, the Library of Congress selected “Piano Man” for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its “cultural, historic, and artistic significance.”
In November 2014, Billy Joel received both The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song which honors living musical artists’ lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations, and the once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Award, which is presented to American music icons in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond.
In December 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 AWARD for “Movin’ Out,” a Broadway musical based on Joel’s music. For his accomplishments as a musician and as a humanitarian, Joel was honored as the 2002 MusiCares Person Of The Year by the MusiCares Foundation and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
Joel has also performed alongside other music greats at two of Madison Square Garden’s most extraordinary benefit concerts – “12-12-12, The Concert For Sandy Relief,” which raised awareness and money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy and “The Concert for New York City,” which was held to help aid 9/11 victims and heroes. Billy Joel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, adding another milestone to his brilliant career.
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