MSG NETWORK ANNOUNCES
“A THANKSGIVING STATE OF MIND:THE BILLY JOEL MARATHON”
BEGINNING 6AM ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26
LINEUP INCLUDES MSG SPECIAL “HOME AT THE GARDEN,”
“LAST PLAY AT SHEA,” “LIVE FROM LONG ISLAND,”
“RIVER OF DREAMS,” “LIVE FROM YANKEE STADIUM,”
AND “BILLY JOEL ON THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST”
New York, NY (November 24, 2015) – MSG Network will telecast “A Thanksgiving State of Mind: The Billy Joel Marathon” – a day of programming dedicated to the legendary musician. This includes seven unforgettable concert events along with MSG’s exclusive special “Billy Joel Home at The Garden,” the 30-minute documentary which provides fans a rare, behind-the-scenes 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 1978’s concert on BBC’s The Old Grey Whistle Test, through 2008’s Last Play at Shea, and landmark events such as Live from Yankee Stadium, Live from Long Island, River of Dreams and Live from Rome. “A Thanksgiving State of Mind: The Billy Joel Marathon” begins on Thursday, November 26 at 6:00 a.m., starting with “Home at The Garden.”
“A Thanksgiving State of Mind: The Billy Joel Marathon” schedule:
6:00 a.m. Billy Joel Home at The Garden
6:30 a.m. River of Dreams
8:00 a.m. Live From Rome
10:00 a.m. Live at Yankee Stadium
12:00 p.m. Live from Long Island
1:30 p.m. Billy Joel Home at The Garden
2:00 p.m. Live at Shea Stadium
3:00 p.m. Old Grey Whistle Test
4:00 p.m. Last Play at Shea
6:00 p.m. Live at Yankee Stadium
8:00 p.m. Live at Shea Stadium
9:00 p.m. Live from Long Island
10:30 p.m. Billy Joel Home at the Garden
11:00 p.m. Billy Joel at The Old Grey Whistle Test
12:00 a.m. Last Play at Shea
2:00 a.m. Live from Rome
4:00 a.m. Live at Shea Stadium
In December 2013, Billy Joel became Madison Square Garden’s first-ever music franchise, joining the ranks of The Garden’s other original franchises – the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. Since January 2014, Joel has played one show per month at The Garden as part of the Time Warner Cable Concert Series.
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. 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. “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 now offers a rich visual history of Billy Joel and his many Garden performances through a scrollable timeline featuring archival images, video insights from Billy, sharable images and lyrics, plus direct links for ticketing. Visit billyjoelmsg.com for more information. Join the conversation with #BillyJoelMSG.
About MSG Networks Inc.
MSG Networks Inc. is an industry leader with two award-winning regional sports and entertainment networks, MSG Network (MSG) and MSG+, as well as the live streaming and video on demand platform, MSG GO. The networks are home to nine professional sports teams, delivering live games of the New York Knicks; New York Rangers; New York Liberty; New York Islanders; New Jersey Devils; Buffalo Sabres; Major League Soccer’s Red Bulls and the Westchester Knicks, and exclusive non-game coverage of the New York Giants. Each year, the networks collectively telecast approximately 700 live sporting events – which also include college football and college basketball from top conferences – along with a full schedule of critically-acclaimed original programming. The gold standard for regional broadcasting, MSG Networks has won 129 New York Emmy Awards over the past eight years. More information is available at www.msgnetworks.com.
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