The Piano Man Billy Joel will be taking the stage Down Under this December for one night only at Melbourne's MCG.
One of the greatest singers/songwriters/composers of modern times, Billy Joel, is coming to Australia to perform a very special one-off show. Presented by Frontier Touring, the Victorian Government and ALWAYS LIVE, the music legend will bring his greatest hits to Australia on Saturday 10 December, with a history-making performance at the iconic stadium Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
An artist who requires little introduction, Billy Joel is one of the biggest concert draws in the world. Having sold over 150 million records and scoring six GRAMMY wins from 23 nominations, Joel ranks as one of the most popular and respected entertainers in history – the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time, and the third best-selling solo artist.
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Performing one Australian show only in Melbourne’s most iconic stadium, the concert is presented in partnership with ALWAYS LIVE, a state-wide celebration of contemporary live music supported by the Victorian Government through Visit Victoria.
“I’m happy to announce that I’m finally coming to Australia to do one exclusive show at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as part of ALWAYS LIVE. It’s been a really long time since I’ve been there, I’m really looking forward to coming and I’m bringing the whole family and we’re going to enjoy it. I’ll see you there,” says Joel.
Joel’s anthology has soundtracked the lives of millions, his impeccable musicianship and transcendent songs recognised worldwide. Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1999, Joel received The Kennedy Center Honors (one of the USA’s top cultural awards) in 2013. In 2014, he received both The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and the once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Award – the latter presented to American music icons in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond. In 2016, the Library of Congress selected ‘Piano Man’ for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its “cultural, historic, and artistic significance.” He’s the recipient of numerous other awards, including a Tony (for Movin’ Out, a Broadway musical based on his music), MusiCares Person Of The Year, and an inductee in the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.
‘Piano Man’, ‘You May Be Right’, ‘Always a Woman’, ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’, ‘Uptown Girl’, ‘Big Shot’, ‘It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me’, ‘Only the Good Die Young’, ‘New York State of Mind’… the hunger to see this highly influential songwriter remains undiminished.
‘What a coup for Victoria, the music capital, to have one of the greatest artists of our era perform exclusively in Melbourne at one of the greatest stadiums in the world,” says ALWAYS LIVE Chair and Mushroom Group CEO Matt Gudinski.
“To work with ALWAYS LIVE to bring his show to the ‘G fulfils a dream my great father and I had… To host Billy here in Melbourne is truly special.’
Tickets to this exclusive concert – Joel’s first live performance in Melbourne in 14 years – will go on sale Monday 4 July (10am AEST) from here. Frontier Members can access the Frontier Pre-sale, which starts Thursday 30 June (11am AEST).