MSG named Joel as "the Garden's first entertainment franchise." That honor entails a logo being created for him, though more importantly, it means that Joel will play a show at the Garden once a month, for as long as a) he's able to do so, and b) people are paying to watch him.
"Performing at Madison Square Garden is a thrilling experience," Joel said in a statement. "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."
To celebrate this momentous occasion, we're counting down the most quintessentially "New York" songs of Joel's oeuvre.
10. "Why Should I Worry"
Quintessentially New York Lyrics: "One minute I'm in Central Park, then I'm down on Delancey Street / From the Bowery to St. Marks, there's a syncopated beat."
9. "Big Man on Mulberry Street"
Quintessentially New York Lyrics: "I cruise from Houston to Canal street, a misfit and a rebel / I see the winos talking to themselves, and I can understand."
8. "The Ballad of Billy the Kid"
Quintessentially New York Lyrics: "From a town known as Oyster Bay, Long Island rode a boy with a six-pack in his hand / And his daring life of crime made him a legend in his time / East and West of the Rio Grande."
7. "You May Be Right"
Quintessentially New York Lyrics: "I've been stranded in the combat zone, I walked through Bedford-Stuy alone / Even rode my motorcycle in the rain."
6. "Big Shot"
Quintessentially New York Lyrics: "They were all impressed with your Halston dress, and the people that you knew at Elaine's / And the story of your latest success kept 'em so entertained."
5. "Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway"
Quintessentially New York Lyrics: "I've seen the lights go out on Broadway, I saw the ruins at my feet / You know we almost didn't notice it, we'd seen it all the time on Forty-second Street."
4. "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"
Quintessentially New York Lyrics: "Sergeant O'Leary is walkin' the beat, at night he becomes a bartender / He works at Mister Cacciatore's down on Sullivan Street, across from the medical center."
3. "Captain Jack"
Quintessentially New York Lyrics: "So you go to the Village in your tie-dye jeans / And you stare at the junkies and the closet queens / It's like some pornographic magazine / And you smile."
2. "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant"
Quintessentially New York Lyrics: "Do you remember those days hanging out at the Village green / Engineer boots, leather jackets, and tight blue jeans."
1. "New York State of Mind"
Quintessentially New York Lyrics: "It comes down to reality, and it's fine with me 'cause I've let it slide / Don't care if it's Chinatown or on Riverside / I don't have any reasons, I've left them all behind / I'm in a New York state of mind."