Billy Joel Sets Madison Square Garden Residency

Ebet Roberts
Billy Joel performs at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Billy Joel is moving in. The legendary singer-songwriter announced Tuesday that he'll take up a residency at his beloved Madison Square Garden in New York City -- but he has one condition. Joel says he'll play once a month at the famed venue as long as there's demand for it.

That shouldn't be a problem.

Four previously announced shows -- Jan. 27, Feb. 3, March 21 and April 28 -- are already sold out. He will also perform on his 65th birthday, on May 9. Tickets for the new show go on sale Saturday.

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Joel said in a statement that he's thrilled to be "coming home" to his "family" at The Garden.

"Performing at Madison Square Garden is a thrilling experience," he said. "I've played different venues all over the world, but there's no place like coming home to The Garden. Since my first show in 1978, I've always looked forward to the energy of the crowd. I'm honored to be joining the Madison Square Garden family and look forward to taking the stage of the newly transformed Garden to create many more memorable nights."

Joel has played 46 shows at MSG and he holds the record for most-consecutive sold-out concerts there with 12. James L. Dolan, executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company, applauded the news.

"This new partnership will ensure that someone who has been such an important figure in our past, will also be a major part of our future," he said.

Joel last played the Garden at last year's 12-12-12 concert for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, marking his return to the stage after a three-year hiatus from performing. His live dance card for 2013 has included gigs at Australia's Stone Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and a brief UK tour (his first since 2006) that wrapped Nov. 8. He also played his first concert in Long Island in 11 years in October, benefitting Long Island Cares, the Hauppauge-based charity founded by Harry Chapin.

On Dec. 8, Joel will receive the Kennedy Center Honor, and on New Year's Eve he'll play at MSG's crosstown rival, Barlcays Center, in Brooklyn.