Billy Joel

Billy Joel, shown at a recent performance in Huntington, N.Y., is set to perform at the Hollywood Bowl for the first time on May 17. Tickets go on sale Dec. 13. (Donald Traill / Associated Press / October 16, 2013)

In January, Billy Joel will debut as Madison Square Garden’s first entertainment franchise. A few months into his open-ended residency, he will anchor another high-profile gig: a night at the Hollywood Bowl.

Despite a career that spans four decades and includes a dizzying array of accomplishments -- Joel is the sixth bestselling artist of all time in the U.S. -- the Piano Man has yet to play the iconic venue. 

Joel will make his debut performance at the Bowl on May 17, a week after he rings in his 65th birthday with one of his monthly MSG gigs.

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Earlier this week Joel and the Garden announced that, starting in January, the singer would begin playing one show a month for as long as there is a demand.

Since 1978, Joel has played a record-breaking 47 shows at the Garden, 12 of those during a sold-out residency in 2006. Joel's first four concerts — Jan. 27, Feb. 3, March 21 and April 18 — quickly sold out. A fifth show, set for the singer’s 65th birthday on May 9, goes on sale Dec. 7.

Tickets for Joel’s Hollywood Bowl show go on sale Dec. 13 through Ticketmaster

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