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Billy Joel to Play Monthly Concerts at NYC's Madison Square Garden "as Long as There Is Demand"

Matt Kent/Redferns via Getty ImagesBilly Joel has announced that he will become Madison Square Garden's first-ever "music franchise" in 2014.  Starting with his previously announced January 27 concert, The Piano Man will play one show each month at the famed New York City venue "as long as there is demand."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer made the announcement at a press event on Tuesday at the venue with Garden honchos and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in attendance.

Speaking to the media about the open-ended residency, Joel declared, "One thing I can assure everyone here today is that playing the Garden is an experience that never gets old.  The 'show a month at the Garden, as long as there's a demand,' means more opportunities to connect with music fans and to provide a unique and memorable show every night that we play there."

Joel, of course, has had a long history with Madison Square Garden.  He's played a total of 46 concerts at the arena, including a record-breaking run of 12 sold-out shows in 2006.  The latter milestone earned the singer/songwriter a special banner that is displayed in the rafters of the venue.

He tells ABC News Radio that performing at the venue is a unique and exciting experience.

"A Garden audience is…the energy of New York City compacted into…this historic place," Joel points out.  "[The audience makes] us sound like nobody else does, and they rock the stage.  The stage literally rocks…First time it happened, I thought we were having an earthquake."

As for being referred to as a "franchise" because of the residency, Joel says, "That takes a little bit of digesting…I didn't think of it in those terms, but I guess that's what it is.  It's very cool."

Joel has just added a May 9 concert, which falls on his 65th birthday, to the four sold-out shows he's already scheduled in 2014 -- on January 27, February 3, March 21 and April 18.  Tickets for the May event will go on sale to the general public this Saturday at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.  Citi Card members can buy pre-sale tickets starting Wednesday at 10 a.m.

This week is proving to be quite an eventful one for Billy, who will be among the luminaries recognized at the 2013 edition of Kennedy Center Honors this Sunday in Washington, D.C.

"It's all an abundance of blessings," Joel tells ABC News Radio.  "I've been rewarded so well for doing what I love that it's, I guess, an embarrassment of good fortunes."

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio