Billy Joel gives his first concert in San Diego in 15 years



Billy Joel, the famous pop music pianist, returns to San Diego for his first concert here in 15 years. The legendary singer-songwriter will perform on May 14 at Petco Park, which last year hosted sold-out concerts by the Rolling Stones and Taylor Swift.

Tickets go on sale Jan. 22 to the general public, with four presales for Padres season ticket holders, American Express card members and others slated to begin Monday. (Sales hours and ticket prices appear below).

Joel’s most recent performance here was a doubles program with Elton John at SDSU’s Cox (now Viejas) Arena in 2001. The two also performed together in 1995 at Jack Murphy (now Qualcomm) Stadium. Joel, 66, hasn’t performed at a San Diego show alone since a 1993 date at the San Diego Sports Arena.

The reservation is a blow to Live Nation, the show’s promoter, and the Padres, who have played all of their home games at Petco since the stadium opened in 2004.

“Petco Park and the Padres organization worked with us to help bring Billy back to San Diego, and Billy and his team were just great to work with. So the formula worked and it has been a great experience so far, ”said Candace Mandracia, President of Live Nation San Diego.

Joel, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, is scheduled to perform at three other venues this summer. As of this writing, these dates have yet to be announced. His show in San Diego is billed as his only California date this year.

Originally from New York, Joel performed at the last two concerts at Shea Stadium in 2008 before it was demolished. The combined attendance for these two sold-out shows was 110,000, with seating for his Petco Park concert expected to be around 40,000.

With over 150 million album sales and 33 Top 40 hits, Joel is ranked as the sixth best-selling artist in pop music history. In 2013, he received an honor from the Kennedy Center Awards. In 2014, he received the Gershwin Prize from the Library of Congress for popular song.

Joel’s best-known songs include “Just the Way You Are”, “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, “Uptown Girl” and “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me”. He has six Grammy Awards to his name and was headlining at last year’s Bonnarroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee, although he hasn’t released a new pop music album since “River of Dreams “in 1993. His only album since then was 2001’s” Fantasies and Delusions “, an entirely instrumental classical music album he composed.

Ticket prices for his Petco Park concert will range from $ 49.50 to $ 134.50. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on January 22 at the Petco Park box office; by phone: (619) 795-5555 and online at and

A presale for American Express cardholders begins at 10 a.m. on Monday. A presale for Padres season pass holders and email subscribers, as well as a Live Nation presale, begins at 10 a.m. on January 20. A Sirius XM presale begins at 10 a.m. on January 21.

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