Billy Joel’s Banner Day: Piano Man Announces 5 Ballpark Concerts, Bringing 2019 Stadium Show Count To 8

Billy Joel
(Photo by Mike Colucci)
– Billy Joel
He’s Got a Way: Billy Joel performing at Madison Square Garden on August 20, 2015 in New York City, the 20th of his ongoing residency at the New York City Arena.
Billy Joel had a home run of a day Thursday by unveiling announcements every few hours for shows at five baseball stadiums, with a number of firsts for the Piano Man including the honor of playing the first-ever concert at Baltimore’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards. 
Joel will also make his debut appearances at Denver’s Coors Field and Milwaukee’s Millers Park. Plus, he’s returning to Boston’s Fenway Park to officially become the first music franchise of the Boston Red Sox and helping the Texas Rangers say farewell to Globe Life Park by playing the first concert at the Arlington, Texas, venue. 
“From residencies, to opening and closing, as well as visiting some new stadiums that Billy hadn’t played before this will be a remarkable stadium run in 2019,” Joel’s longtime agent Dennis Arfa told Pollstar. 
Joel’s 2019 stadium routing begins with an April 26 concert at Miller Park, marking his first concert at the home of the Milwaukee Brewers as well as his only Midwest performance of the year. 
“We’re excited to have Billy Joel at Miller Park this April,” Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger said in a statement. “We’ve been fortunate to host a number of award-winning artists over the years, but to have the opportunity to bring a Hall of Fame musician like Billy to Miller Park, and the city of Milwaukee, is truly special.”
The acclaimed singer/songwriter, who will celebrate his 70th birthday on May 9, will party throughout 2019 with stadiums filled with fans.   
The first-ever concert at Baltimore’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards is scheduled July 26. 

The Baltimore Sun points out that Joel’s performance marks the reversal of 20+ year policy banning concerts at the ballpark. 
Baltimore Orioles majority owner Peter Angelos told The Sun in 2000 that he was “not going to have it become some kind of honky tonk for various and sundry rock ’n’ roll bands.” The comment was made several years after the Maryland Stadium Authority was turned down when it tried to book a concert with Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones for summer 1994. 
The Orioles Charitable Foundation will donate a portion of the proceeds from the concert to support music and arts education programs for kids in Maryland and across the Orioles’ regional territory.
“As an entertainment company bringing world class sports, music, and other diverse events to the live venues we manage and to our multimedia television, digital, and radio platforms, there is no greater opportunity than to bring a true music legend in Billy Joel to the ballpark and into our community,” John Angelos, Orioles executive vice president, said in a statement. “Billy Joel and Oriole Park at Camden Yards are leaders across the entertainment world in selling tickets, driving tourism, and creating one-of-a-kind memories, and the Orioles are thrilled to make Camden Yards home to an iconic artist who generations of Americans have grown up with and who is still setting records today.”
Joel’s first-time playing Denver’s Coors Field will be Aug. 8. 
“I couldn’t be more proud to continue the tradition of unforgettable shows at Coors Field with an icon like Billy Joel,” Eric Pirritt, president of Live Nation Colorado, said in a statement. “Live Nation is excited and honored to bring this one-of-a-kind concert experience to Colorado’s famed ballpark.”
Joel has signed on for his sixth-consecutive performance at Boston’s Fenway Park, scheduled Sept. 14, with the Boston Red Sox and Live Nation New England announcing today that the Piano Man is being honored with the first music franchise at the venue. 
The ballpark will honor the artists who have performed multiple successful shows at the stadium with a Music Hall of Fame display, with Joel the first to be inducted.
“Billy Joel has so thoroughly committed to Fenway Park with his pledge to perform at the ballpark annually, and this Hall of Fame dedication is a small token of our appreciation for his devotion to the City of Boston and our venue,” said Red Sox President Sam Kennedy. “We are eager for his sixth consecutive performance during the 2019 Plainridge Park Casino Fenway Park Concert Series.”
Finally, Joel wrapped up his news blasts Thursday with the announcement that he would perform the final show at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, Oct. 12. The Texas Rangers’ new home ballpark is expected to open in 2020. 
“Billy Joel is an iconic artist and we are thrilled to have such a respected musician perform at Globe Life Park. The concert will create a legendary experience for baseball and music fans alike, especially as the final concert at Globe Life Park,” Sr. Vice President of Operations and Events Sean Decker said.
An American Express cardmember presale for the new shows begins Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. CST and the public onsales start Jan. 18 at 10 a.m.
News about the Fenway franchise comes a week after the Philadelphia Phillies and Live Nation Philadelphia announced that Joel had been named Citizen Bank Park’s first music franchise. He returns to Philly May 24.

Here is Joel’s complete stadium schedule for 2019:

3/9 – Phoenix, Ariz., Chase Field
4/26 – Milwaukee, Wis., Miller Stadium
5/24 – Philadelphia, Pa., Citizens Bank Park
6/22 – London, England, Wembley Stadium
7/26 – Baltimore, Md.,Oriole Park at Camden Yards
8/8 –Denver, Colo., Coors Field
9/14 – Boston, Mass., Fenway Park
10/12– Arlington, Texas, Globe Life Park

Joel and his agent Dennis Arfa spoke to Pollstar last summer in the lead up to his July 18 record-setting 100th show at Madison Square Garden.

Joel recalled that for the longest time his goal was to play The Garden before he turned 30. That he pulled off in spectacular fashion in December 1978 with a three-night stint just under the wire at 29 1/2.

In 2013 he became MSG’s first-ever music franchise, sharing the spotlight with the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. His 60th consecutive sellout at The Garden is booked Jan. 24. 

Pollstar Boxoffice numbers reflect Joel’s prodigious live career. Over just the past decade, he’s grossed nearly $500 million and sold more than 4.2 million tickets. And the numbers have only gotten stronger: Over the last four years, Joel’s remained a fixture of the Top 20 of Pollstar’s Year End Top 200 North American Tours. In 2014, he hit No. 6 on the chart with a gross of $72.2 million, No. 9 in 2015 with $69.9 million, No. 11 in 2016 with $68 million and back to No. 9 again in 2017 with his highest gross at $82.3 million.

Joel ranked No. 15 on Pollstar’s Year End Top 200 North American Tours with a gross of $58.7 million.