Billy Joel will return to Tampa’s AMALIE Arena on Friday, February 9 at 8:00 PM. Billy Joel has sold out AMALIE Arena seven times.
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 Spectrum Concert Series. 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.
Tickets range from $49.50 to $149.50
One of the most prolific rock pianists of the past forty years is undoubtedly Billy Joel. Another contender for the title would-be-Elton John, whom Joel continues to play tour dates with to this day. Regardless, Joel has become an iconic figure in the world of rock, specifically for his virtuosity in utilizing the piano on multi-platinum albums that span decades. As the third best-selling solo artist in the US, Billy Joel's recording career has significantly decreased in the past ten years, but continues to perform tour dates around the world that serve as a constant reminder to the legacy he has created in the world of music.
As the son of a talented classical pianist, Billy Joel began learning the instrument from a very young age. During high school, Joel beganrecorded and performed tour dates with groups like The Hassels and Attila. Billy Joel's debut album didn't garner much attention and spent much of 1971 and '72 playing tour dates at clubs in New York and LA. This experience led to the creation of "Piano Man," the title track for Billy Joel's breakthrough second album. Joel's tour dates were becoming immensely popular by this time and he scored his next big hit in 1977 with the release of The Stranger. The album quickly went diamond, won two Grammys, and featured the hit singles "Just the Way You Are" and "Only the Good Die Young."
Billy Joel's follow-up album, 52nd Street, experienced similar success, this time reaching #1 on the charts and becoming the first commercial album ever to be sold on compact disc. The iconic album was followed by an iconic tour date at the Havana Jam in 1979, where Joel played the finale of the festival and created non-violent hysteria in the crowd. Billy Joel soon developed more of a traditional rock sound that captured the spirit of the 80s, which shown on albums like Glass Houses, The Nylon Curtain, and An Innocent Man. In 1986, Billy Joel embarked on more historic tour dates when he played in the Soviet Union. Joel's last lyrical studio album was 1993's River of Dreams, which featured a more serious tone due to betrayals by individuals in Joel's personal life. The album went platinum five times and was followed by what Joel then called his last concert date at "The Night of 2000 Years" millennium concert at Madison Square Garden.
Though Billy Joel has continued to play tour dates, the only studio album he's released since 1993 has been Fantasies & Delusions, a collection of original classical piano compositions. For all the latest on Billy Joel's tour dates and upcoming albums, be sure to check Eventful often.