MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers announced on Thursday, Jan. 10 that legendary musician Billy Joel will be performing at Miller Park on Friday, April 26. The event will mark the first appearance at Miller Park for 'The Piano Man,' who celebrates his 70th birthday on May 9, 2019.
"There's something special about concerts in baseball stadiums," said Jason Wright, president of Live Nation Chicago. "They fit together like a baseball and a glove."
Wright said Joel's appearance at Miller Park will be more than a concert.
"There's nothing like singing every word to every song with 40,000 people," Wright said.
"To bring him to Miller Park is a true thrill for all of us," said Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell.
The six-time Grammy award winner's visit to Milwaukee will be the only Midwest tour date of 2019. In 2017, Billy Joel took the stage at Lambeau Field.
"It had been on the radar for Billy and his camp for some time. He's done nothing short of writing the soundtrack to our lives," said Wright.
"I think for our fans and for this city, to have an iconic legend like Billy Joel come to Miller Park and perform -- his shows are fantastic. He has a heart. His music is known to everybody. He transcends generations. He's got such a book of music that really resonates," said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers chief operating officer.
Joel has sold more than 150 million records worldwide. Live Nation and Miller Park representatives said they're expecting a sold-out show.
American Express card members will have first access to presale tickets for the April 26 show from Monday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, Jan. 17 at 10 p.m. Tickets for the April show will be available for purchase by the general public beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 via ticketmaster.com and by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. For more information, visit Brewers.com/BillyJoel.
A news release says the following:
"Billy Joel is one of the biggest concert draws in the world and continues this achievement with an impressive run of sold-out consecutive stadium shows and concert arenas. Having sold 150 million records over the past quarter century, scoring 33 consecutive Top 40 hits, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in history. The singer/songwriter/composer is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist. In 2016, the Library of Congress selected 'Piano Man' for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its 'cultural, historic, and artistic significance.'"