December 4, 2013


Billy Joel on MSG Setlists: "I'm Doing More Album Tracks & Obscure Material"

Tuesday morning, Madison Square Garden announced an unprecedented combination: Billy Joel was joining MSG as the venue's first-ever musical franchise for an indefinite run of monthly concerts for as long as there's public demand.

Following the news that New York's iconic venue was teaming up with New York's No. 1 musical icon, Fuse News' Jack Osbourne sat down with Joel to chat about what fans can expect from "Billy Joel at the Garden."

"I'm going to be doing more album tracks," Joel tells Osbourne of his MSG setlists in the video above. But don't worry, Greatest Hits fans: Joel assures devotees he's still including the favorites. "I'm not going to not do any hits," he says. "But we're gonna be including a lot more obscure material that we haven't, or rarely, do. Stuff we like to do. I don't want to be on automatic pilot: I want there to be an edge up there. It's a challenge as a musician to do the stuff you're not used to doing."

Joel—who has played a record-setting 12 sold-out concerts at the Garden in the past—explained how the franchise idea developed. "We had the idea of a residency—not a franchise, but that's what it became—because I like to play here [at the Garden] and people want to see us here," Joel says in the video below. "It's an event. People come from all over the world to see us play the Garden."

Describing his MSG franchise as an "honor" and "mind-boggling," the singer-songwriter-genius says playing New York is so special because of the hometown audience. "The sound [at the Garden] is great, the audiences are the best and it's that New York energy." Watch the video below for more of Billy Joel's thoughts on why New York concerts "resonate" all over the world.