Billy Joel is among the long list of rockers taking no chances with the health of his fans and his band. The “Piano Man” posted a statement on his official site, BillyJoel.com, announcing that due to the Coronavirus, his next two gigs as part of his ongoing Madison Square Garden residency have been postponed until the fall.
The message read: “Please be advised that the upcoming Billy Joel concerts scheduled to take place at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, March 19th, 2020 and April 10th, 2020 have been postponed. Tickets for the March 19th show will be valid for the performance on Saturday, September 26th, 2020. Tickets for the April 10th show will be valid for the performance on Sunday, October 11th, 2020.”
After signing away his publishing in his early-20's and losing tens of million of dollars after trusting the wrong people to manage his finances, Billy Joel admits he learned the hard way that rock n’ roll is hardly a simple and happy place behind the scenes: “It can be a pretty nasty business — this is not the Boy Scouts, this is the music business. You’ve got all these people that are called ‘managers,’ there’s ‘production companies,’ ‘talent scouts,’ what have you, and most artists are babes in the woods when it comes to business — we don’t know. Speaking for me, I wasn’t thinking about making a lot of money. I just wanted to be able to make a living — but I want to be able to make music. So, I just signed a lot of papers — and I did it again and again and again, too.”
Billy Joel next concert is set for April 18th at Charlotte, North Carolina's Bank of America Stadium.