Philadelphia, PA - The Philadelphia Phillies and Live Nation announced today that Billy Joel will return to Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, September 9th, 2017.
This summer marks Joel as the first artist ever to perform four consecutive years at the Philadelphia stadium and once again sets the record for live performances by any artist in the storied venue's history. The demand for Joel comes as no surprise; he performed in front of a sold-out crowd at Citizens Bank Park last August for a third year in a row.
"We have some exciting news as the Piano Man is returning to our world-class ballpark on September 9," said Michael Stiles, Phillies Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "This will be the sixth time that legendary artist Billy Joel will take to the stage, where he will once again have the distinct honor of performing at Citizens Bank Park more often than any other entertainer."
The Philadelphia Phillies also announced they will raise a banner in tribute to Billy Joel's many sell-out performances at the venue - honoring the performer in the style of the players themselves. This will be the first time an artist is being recognized in such a way. Additionally, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's office has proclaimed September 9, 2017 "BILLY JOEL DAY", again to honor this momentous occasion.
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, January 9 at 10AM through Thursday, January 12 at 10PM. Tickets will be available for purchase by the general public beginning Friday, January 13 at 10am via Ticketmaster.com or by-phone at 800-745-3000.
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.