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Billy Joel sells millionth ticket, adds 56th Madison Square Garden show

Billy Joel, shown at a surprise appearance at

Billy Joel, shown at a surprise appearance at The Paramount in Huntington in 2016, will play Madison Square Garden Sept. 30, 2018. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Billy Joel plans to keep moving ahead, even as he passes several career milestones this year.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer from Hicksville will extend his record-setting residency at Madison Square Garden through September, announcing a show there on Sept. 30.

Joel has now sold more than a million tickets in his Garden run. The September show will be the 56th of his run and his 102nd headlining appearance at the arena, both Garden records.

Tickets for the Sept. 30 show go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 23 through Ticketmaster. Citi cardholders can purchase presale tickets starting at 10 a.m. Monday through the company’s Citi Private Pass program.

Joel, 68, told the Tampa Bay Times earlier this month that he didn’t think he would still be performing at this age. “I thought once you got to be, I think, 50, you gotta quit rock and roll; you’re too old for this thing. This is a kids’ job,” he told the paper’s Jay Cridlin. “But these other people kept pushing the envelope. The Stones kept going, McCartney kept going, Dylan kept going. The Eagles are still going. All these bands are still rocking out, and it’s, ‘Wait a minute, so who says you gotta retire?’ This is what I do. I’ve come to understand that this is who I am. This is what I do. And it’s probably keeping me alive.”

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