Billy Joel to hold concert at GABP, Reds legend Johnny Bench announces

Billy Joel to hold concert at GABP, Reds legend Johnny Bench announces
Billy Joel is coming to Great American Ball Park for a concert in 2020, the Reds had their legend Johnny Bench announce Wednesday. (Source: Cincinnati Reds)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Billy Joel is coming to Great American Ball Park for a concert in 2020, the Reds had their legend Johnny Bench announce Wednesday.

The news came during a press conference by the Reds and Live Nation.

“I am a huge Billy Joel fan,” Reds and National Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench said. “What sets Billy Joel’s music apart is how it makes you feel. Every song evokes emotion, triggering memories from throughout my life. Having him perform his timeless hits at the home of the Reds is going to be unforgettable.”

Billy Joel is coming to Great American Ball Park for a concert in 2020, the Reds had their legend Johnny Bench announce Wednesday.
Billy Joel is coming to Great American Ball Park for a concert in 2020, the Reds had their legend Johnny Bench announce Wednesday.

American Express card members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. until Nov. 14 at 10 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds season ticket holders can purchase pre-sale tickets for the concert before they go on sale to the general public. The team says details will be communicated directly to season ticket holders in the coming days.

Tickets for the general public go on sale Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. on Live Nation’s website as well as the Reds’ website.

“We are thrilled to welcome Billy Joel to Great American Ball Park,” Phil Castellini, Cincinnati Reds president and chief operating officer, said. “His iconic songs will play beautifully in our ballpark, giving all of Reds Country the rare chance to see this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer live.”

Reds officials say they expect a high level of congestion during on-sale time, making it difficult to purchase tickets right away. They suggest checking Ticketmaster’s website, saying tickets will be available there throughout the day.

The Reds’ release about the concert said in part:

"In December 2013, Billy Joel became Madison Square Garden’s first-ever music franchise, joining the ranks of the storied venue’s other original franchises – the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. Since January 2014, Joel has played one show per month at The Garden. This unprecedented and wildly successful residency will mark a 60th consecutive sellout with its January 24, 2019, show and hit its record-setting 100th career MSG show last July.

Billy Joel is one of the biggest concert draws in the world and continues this achievement with an impressive run of sold-out consecutive stadium shows and concert arenas. Having sold 150 million records over the past quarter-century, scoring 33 consecutive Top 40 hits, Billy Joel ranks as one of the most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in history. The singer/songwriter/composer is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist. In 2016, the Library of Congress selected “Piano Man” for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its “cultural, historic, and artistic significance.”

In November 2014, Billy Joel received both The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song which honors living musical artists’ lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations, and the once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Award, which is presented to American music icons in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond.

In December 2013, Joel received The Kennedy Center Honors, one of the United States’ top cultural awards. He is also the recipient of six GRAMMY® Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Legend Award. Joel has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has received numerous industry awards including a TONY AWARD for “Movin’ Out,” a Broadway musical based on Joel’s music. For his accomplishments as a musician and as a humanitarian, Joel was honored as the 2002 MusiCares Person Of The Year by the MusiCares Foundation and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Billy Joel: New York State of Mind, the documentary film, explores Joel’s unprecedented franchise at Madison Square Garden. Billy Joel: New York State of Mind won five New York Emmys at the 61st Annual NY Emmy Awards in April 2018.

Joel has also performed alongside other music greats at two of Madison Square Garden’s most extraordinary benefit concerts – “12-12-12, The Concert For Sandy Relief,” which raised awareness and money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy and “The Concert for New York City,” which was held to help aid 9/11 victims and heroes. Billy Joel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, adding another milestone to his brilliant career."

Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus introduced Johnny Bench and Michael Belkin, a senior vice president with Live Nation, also spoke about their role in the concert.

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