Madison Square Garden's move this week to designate Billy Joel a "franchise" has not gone unnoticed at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
"That clearly has our wheels turning," Palace Sports & Entertainment CEO and President Dennis Mannion said on Wednesday, Dec. 4, before announcing Joel's Feb. 15 concert at the Palace. As a new "franchise" at the famed New York Arena, Joel will play one show per month at the arena, and Mannion says he can foresee doing something similar with artists who are "iconic to Detroit" -- meaning Bob Seger, Kid Rock, etc.
No discussions have been held yet, but Mannion says having both the Palace and the DTE Energy Music Theatre gives PS&E even greater flexibility to create a franchise arrangement with an artist.
Joel and Madison Square Garden announced their new association on Tuesday, Feb. 3.
The Palace show will mark Joel's 14th appearance at the venue, the most recent being May 21, 2009 with Elton John. His last solo performance at the Palace was May 4, 2007. Joel has drawn more than 250,000 fans to the Palace since 1990, making him the fourth biggest draw at the arena behind only Bob Seger, Neil Diamond and John.
Joel -- who will receive a Kennedy Center Honor on Sunday, Dec. 8, in Washington, D.C. -- has talked about playing some of his classic albums in their entirety, but Live Nation Entertainment's Rick Franks said on Wednesday that his repertoire for the Palace show won't be determined until closer to the dates.
Tickets for Joel's show go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, starting at $35. A full range of ticket prices will be announced soon. For further information visit www.palacenet.com.
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