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My Life: Billy Joel schedules 70th birthday concert at the Garden 

Mike ColucciBilly Joel doesn't turn 70 until 2019, but he's already planned his birthday party.

The Piano Man will usher in his seventh decade on May 9, 2019 by performing at New York's Madison Square Garden, the site of his monthly residency since 2014.  This performance will be Billy's 110th career performance at the legendary venue.

Citi cardmembers will get first crack at pre-sale tickets starting Monday, December 17 at 10 a.m. ET.   You can also get pre-sale tickets by registering for Ticketmaster's Verified Fan program; registration for that is now open, and the pre-sale starts on Wednesday, December 19.

Don't want to bother with all that?  Tickets go on sale to the general public December 21 at 10 a.m. ET via

In May of 2014, Billy celebrated his 65th birthday onstage at the Garden, where he welcomed guests like Jimmy Fallon and Howard Stern.  He told the crowd that night, "Welcome to my birthday party! I'm supposed to retire at this age... or at least not have the name 'Billy!'" 

Billy's frenemy Elton John has also done the Madison Square Garden birthday gig thing: He turned 60 onstage at the venue on March 25, 2007.

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