Billy Joel cancels Arena Show Due to ‘COVID-Related Circumstances

Because of the Omicron variant COVID spike, Billy Joel has had to postpone his Jan. 14 Madison Square Garden performance for a second consecutive time. The “Piano Man”The singer announced Wednesday that his Aug. 24 show at the Garden was rescheduled due to safety concerns for his crew, fans and band. 

“Nothing is more important to me than the safety and well-being of my band, crew, and the fans; so due to unfortunate COVID-related circumstances, we made the decision to reschedule the January 14th concert at MSG,”Joel wrote in a Statement on his websitesocial media and the official announcement.

“Please be advised that the upcoming Billy Joel concert originally scheduled to take place at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, May 2, 2020 that was postponed to Friday, January 14, 2022 has now been rescheduled to Wednesday, August 24, 2022,”The announcement went on. “Your tickets will be valid for the new rescheduled show date on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 and will not need to be exchanged.”

Joel has been plagued by health issues over the years. He told Howard Stern in October that his weight had dropped to 50 pounds and that he had had back surgery earlier this year. “I had back surgery early this year and the pain afterward was so bad I lost my appetite,”Stern was informed by the singer. Joel didn’t specify what type of surgery he had, but he did mention other types. “aggravations”It also affected his appetite.

Joel said that the weight loss was not intentional, but that he feels healthy and happy at his current weight. Previously, in 2010, Joel underwent a hip replacement, telling The New York TimesHis wild performance in his early career combined with congenital Hip Dysplasia caused joint damage and pain. “Over the years, jumping off the piano, landing on a hard stage certainly didn’t help,”He shared his thoughts in the interview. “Way back in the early ’70s, I used to do somersaults, flips off the piano. I would climb up cables and hang upside down, anything to get attention.”Joel stated that he had become unable to walk and needed a scooter chair in order to get around because of the pain. His surgeries have allowed him the opportunity to perform again. 


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