Billy Joel may be the piano man, but he won’t be singing us any songs on Monday night.
The legendary singer had to postpone his last concert of the year at New York’s Madison Square Garden due to a viral infection. Joel has been in residency at the Garden since January 2014, playing a show a month “as long as demand continues,” and this month’s show would have been his 86th.
Joel: the news was shared on Twitterapologizing for postponing the concert so close to the date, adding that he hoped to be fully recovered by the time of the show.
“I am disappointed to share that I am on doctor’s orders to take vocal rest due to a viral infection, so unfortunately I will have to postpone my Monday, December 19th Madison Square Garden concert until June,” Joel wrote. “I’m so sorry to break it to you so close to show day, but I was hoping I’d be closer to a full recovery by now. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I look forward to seeing you in the New Year.”
Reps for Joel did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.
Joel’s record residency includes guest appearances by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, who helped Joel celebrate his 100th career performance at the Garden (Joel has since reached 131), and Olivia Rodrigo, who named Joel and his hit “Uptown Girl”. In his 2021 song “Deja Vu”.
The Piano Man will resume his shows at the Garden on January 13th and 27th before embarking on a tour with Stevie Nicks that kicks off in Los Angeles on March 10th.