Venue residencies used to have negative connotations for credible artistes, but Billy Joel has taken the concept to new heights.
On 24 May he will return to the 43,035-capacity Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia for the sixth year in succession. To mark the event, venue management will open a Billy Joel merchandising kiosk for the whole month.
It is actually his seventh show at the stadium, the others including two with Elton John. Last year drew 40,381 people and grossed $4.56 million.
“Billy Joel’s past performances at Citizens Bank Park have been exceptional which is why his fans in Philadelphia return year after year,” says stadium executive vice-president David Buck.
Joel also has a residency at New York’s Madison Square Garden (18,600) that stands at 67 consecutive monthly concerts, starting in 2014, and an all-time concerts record of 113 performances at the arena.