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MSG Network Announces "A Thanksgiving State of Mind: The Billy Joel Marathon"

Beginning 8AM on Thursday, November 27

Lineup Includes MSG Special "Home at The Garden,"
"Last Play at Shea," "Live From Long Island,"
"River of Dreams," "Live From Yankee Stadium," And More

 

New York, NY (November 21, 2014) - MSG Network today announced “A Thanksgiving State of Mind: The Billy Joel Marathon” – a day of programming dedicated to the legendary musician featuring six unforgettable concert events along with MSG’s exclusive special “Billy Joel Home at The Garden,” the 30-minute documentary which provides fans an exclusive glimpse into preparations for Joel’s triumphant concerts at Madison Square Garden. The Thanksgiving Day marathon will highlight some of Joel’s most iconic concert events from 1982’s Live from Long Island through 2008’s Last Play at Shea, and landmark engagements such as Live from Yankee Stadium, River of Dreams, and Live from Rome. “A Thanksgiving State of Mind: The Billy Joel Marathon” will telecast on Thursday, November 27 beginning at 8:00 a.m. with Live from Rome.

“A Thanksgiving State of Mind: The Billy Joel Marathon” schedule:

8:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
1:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
8:30 p.m.
9:00 p.m.
10:00 p.m.
11:30 p.m.
12:00 a.m. (11/28)
2:00 a.m. (11/28)
Live From Rome
River of Dreams
Live From Long Island
Home at The Garden
Live From Shea
Live from Yankee Stadium
Last Play at Shea
Live from Rome
Home at The Garden
Live From Shea
Live From Long Island
Home at The Garden
Live From Yankee Stadium
Last Play at Shea

In December 2013, Madison Square Garden announced Billy Joel as the first-ever music franchise of The World’s Most Famous Arena joining the ranks of The Garden’s other original franchises – including the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. The renowned performer kicked off his franchise run at The Garden on January 27, 2014. Joel recently announced his 64th performance at Madison Square Garden which will tie Elton John’s record of the “most number of performances by any artist” at The Garden. The 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th shows at Madison Square Garden are part of the Time Warner Cable Concert Series and will take place on January 9, February 18, March 9, April 3, May 28 and June 20, 2015. Please note, the Thursday, May 28, 2015 performance is subject to change if date conflicts with playoff game.

Having sold 150 million records over the past quarter century, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in history. The singer/songwriter/composer is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time, the third best-selling solo artist and is one of the highest grossing touring artists in the world. This month, Billy Joel will receive 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. "Movin' Out," a Broadway musical based on Joel’s music choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp, took home two Tony Awards, including Best Orchestrations – Joel’s first Tony Award win – and Best Choreography. 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. 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 extraordinary career.

MSG Networks is the exclusive local television home of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres (Upstate New York only), New York Liberty and New York Red Bulls, and the official regional sports networks of the New York Giants. MSG Networks also telecasts over 100 live college events from top national conferences, as well as horse racing, boxing and award-winning original programming. In 2014, MSG Networks received 16 New York Emmy Awards, including 14 for MSG Network and one each for MSG+ and MSG.com. MSG Network’s 99 Emmys over the past seven years are more than any single network or station in the region during that time.

About The Madison Square Garden Company
The Madison Square Garden Company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment and is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports owns and operates the following sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), the Westchester Knicks (NBADL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, bull riding and tennis. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from the Company’s venues. MSG Media’s television networks consist of regional sports networks, MSG Network and MSG+, collectively referred to as MSG Networks. MSG Entertainment is one of the country's leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the New York Spring Spectacular, both featuring the Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in the Company’s diverse collection of venues. These venues consist of Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, CA, The Chicago Theatre, and the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.

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