Billy Joel, big shot

Billy Joel

For a man who hasn't released an album of original material since 1993's "River of Dreams," Billy Joel is, arguably, more in-demand than ever.

In December, the 64-year-old soft-rock legend and balladeer booked an indefinite, Las Vegas-style residency at New York's Madison Square Garden, where he'll perform once a month until he gets tired of confusing millennials with all the pop-culture references in "We Didn't Start the Fire." Artist residencies are hardly out of character for Joel, who played six concerts at Hard Rock Live in January and February 2009.

Joel is back in Broward for a two-date run at the BB&T Center on Jan. 7 and Jan. 11, announced by the venue in October after some cloak-and-dagger mystery and proclamations of a "Major Concert Announcement!"

Joel has likewise made the rounds on national television. CBS broadcast "The Kennedy Center Honors" last Sunday, with the singer inducted by jazz legend and sometime collaborator Tony Bennett. ABC cut to his New Year's Eve set at Brooklyn's Barclays Center during the "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" broadcast. If that concert is any indication of Joel's headspace after a three-year touring hiatus, the singer may be planning to complement crowd-pleasing hits ("New York State of Mind," "Big Shot") with deep cuts such as "Souvenir" (off 1974's "Streetlife Serenade") and "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)."


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Billy Joel will play 8 p.m. Jan. 7 and Jan. 11 at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, in Sunrise. Tickets cost $39.50-$119.50. Call 954-835-7000 or go to TheBBTCenter.com.