CBS announced Sunday that Billy Joel fans will be able to watch the 100th show of the Long Islander’s Madison Square Garden residency from their homes, as the network plans to televise the “record-breaking” performance on April 14.
Hailed as the “The Greatest Arena Run of All Time,” Joel will be celebrating his 100th performance on March 28 at the iconic Manhattan venue. The concert special will be recorded that night and broadcast just a few weeks later, according to a CBS news release.
CBS officials said this will be Joel’s first concert to air on a broadcast network. It will be broadcast on CBS at 9 p.m., and will be available to stream on Paramount+.
The announcement of the concert special follows Joel's release of “Turn the Lights Back On” — his first new song in nearly 20 years. Before that, Joel’s last single as both songwriter and performer was “All My Life,” backed with a live version of 1973's “You’re My Home.” Released Feb. 27, 2007, it was a promotional record not meant for retail sale.
Joel, 74, made his Madison Square Garden debut on Dec. 14, 1978, as part of a three-show series supporting his “52nd Street” album. That studio recording had been released a month and half earlier and ended up winning two Grammy Awards. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has sold out every concert he has held at the venue, CBS officials said.
Joel, a five-time Grammy winner and Grammy Legend Award recipient, will celebrate his 75th birthday on May 9 with a show at the Garden.
The singer-songwriter announced last June that he would be ending his 10-year monthly residency at the Garden with a final show scheduled for this July. It'll be his 150th show overall at the venue.
“I’m kind of flabbergasted that it lasted long as it did,” Joel said after announcing the end of his residency at a Madison Square Garden news conference. “My team tells me that we can continue to sell tickets but … I don’t know — 150 shows, 10 years — it’s like, 'All right already!' "
Clarification: The 100th show of Billy Joel's Madison Square Garden residency will be broadcast on CBS. An earlier version of this story did not accurately characterize the show.