Banking on the overwhelming success of last year’s stadium concert by country music star Garth Brooks, the University of Notre Dame will take a page from the Piano Man next summer as Billy Joel makes his first ever appearance at Notre Dame Stadium, marking his first return to the South Bend market in two dozen years.
Legendary musician Billy Joel will make his first ever concert appearance at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday, June 20th next year at 8:00 PM. He has appeared on campus twice previously, but never at Notre Dame Stadium.
Micki Kidder, Vice President for University Enterprises & Events at Notre Dame, says, “As we continue to work to bring world class events to Notre Dame and the greater South Bend/Elkhart region, we are excited to have Billy Joel play for his first time at Notre Dame Stadium on June 20, 2020.”
Returning to South Bend for the first time in 24 years, Billy Joel’s previous appearances at Notre Dame were at the Joyce Center in 1984 and the Stepan Center in 1996.
American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, October 14 at 10:00 AM local time until Thursday, October 17 at 10:00 PM local time.
Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, October 18th at 10:00 AM via livenation.com.
Due to high levels of congestion during the on sale time, it can often be difficult to purchase tickets right away, and organizers suggest you continue to check Ticketmaster as tickets will be available throughout the day.
In December of 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. That unprecedented and wildly successful residency marked 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 that 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 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 of 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 of 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. It won five New York Emmys at the 61st Annual NY Emmy Awards in April of 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.