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Billy Joel Returns To Madison Square Garden With 50-Pound Weight Loss


Billy Joel is adding his 80th show at Madison Square Garden. 

The May 14th gig is part of Joel’s unprecedented franchise run at the venue and will mark his 126th-lifetime performance there. 

The date is subject to change if it conflicts with a playoff game. 

Joel was named Madison Square Garden's first-ever music franchise in 2013 and his record-breaking residency began in January 2014 with Joel playing one show at the venue every month "as long as the demand continues.” 

Meanwhile, Billy Joel is 50 pounds lighter than he was pre-pandemic. 

The Piano Man played his first post-pandemic performance Friday at Madison Square Garden and surprised fans with his new physique. 

In a recent interview, he explained the change saying, “I had back surgery early this year and the pain afterward was so bad I lost my appetite. I embraced that, I said, ‘OK, I won’t eat as much and I ate less and less and less and less and then there was just life aggravation and that tends to, you know, impact your appetite too. I had gotten kind of chunky. I was happy to lose the weight.” 

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