Legendary musician Billy Joel announced today he will perform at BOK Center in Tulsa on Friday, November 11, 2016. Tulsa will be Billy Joel’s only Oklahoma concert in 2016 and his first solo date in over three decades. For the past two years, Joel has performed in residency at Madison Square Garden in New York City where he has sold that arena out a record 71 times.
In 2016 his residency will continue at Madison Square Garden and the BOK Center will be one of only four arenas he plays outside of Manhattan.
Tickets go on sale Friday, February 5 at 10:00 AM and can be purchased online at www.bokcenter.com, Arby’s Box Office at BOK Center, all ticket outlets or by calling 1-866-7-BOKCTR.
“We couldn’t be more honored that Billy Joel has chosen Tulsa as one of his select cities where he will perform in 2016,” said BOK Center General Manager Jeff Nickler. “Billy is one of the most respected entertainers in history and we’re excited to welcome him back to our city. There’s no doubt the ‘piano man’ will thrill the audience with his amazing talents and create a memorable experience for our guests.”
Billy Joel is one of the highest grossing touring artists in the world. Having sold over 150 million albums globally, Billy Joel’s music has remained among the most popular in the world. The singer / songwriter / composer is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist.
In 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 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.