Harry Styles banner raised to MSG barricades after history-making 15-show: ‘It’s insane’

Harry StylesThe epic run of shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden has come to an end, but the “As It Was” star will never truly leave the iconic arena because he is now a permanent part of its history. On Thursday (Sept. 21), Styles became just the third musician to have a banner raised to MSG’s rafters as the building honored his 15-show “Love on Tour” residency, which set up shop at MSG from Aug. 20-Sept. 21.

Styles joined Phish and Billy Joel — the latter holding two banners aloft — as the only three musical acts to receive the rare honor. CBS Morning host Gayle King was on hand during the encore of Thursday night’s show to unveil and present the banner to Styles; the garden added to the joy by gifting all fans in attendance with a Harry-style feather boa.

“Selling out 15 consecutive nights at Madison Square Garden is a massive accomplishment and reinforces Harry Styles as one of the most influential artists of his generation,” said Jim Dolan, executive chairman and CEO, MSG Entertainment in a statement. “It is a testament to Harry and his fans that a banner celebrating this remarkable achievement will hang from the rafters alongside some of the most legendary performers and athletes in history. Harry has already headlined the world’s most famous arena several times in his skyrocketing career and we are honored that MSG was Harry’s home for these 15 incredible nights.”

King, appropriately decked out in a lime green jumpsuit and colorful boa said: “We’re not going to say goodnight to you Harry Styles! Madison Square Garden, 15 nights in a row! That banner will stay forever. Forever.” As Styles took in the moment and waved to the crowd as the banner was raised, he dabbed at his eyes with a tissue and said emotionally, “I just want to say from the bottom of my heart to each and every one of you here in evening this will not [looks up at banner]… it’s insane.”

Pausing for a moment to collect himself, he continued, “to all of you who bought a ticket, thank you so much for your support. Things like this don’t happen very often to people like me, things like this don’t happen to people like me at all , and I just want to thank you all. You changed my life. Every single one of you. Thank you so much! Every time you come to Madison Square Garden and you see it, you remember it’s because of you . It’s ours. Thank you very much. All of you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Clearly honored by the moment, he added: “I’m going to come back when everyone’s gone and just look at it for a while.”

Styles is actually in good company, with Joel holding banners for a 129-show run and another for an 83-show run and Phish, who got theirs in 2017 for the “Bakers Dozen” hang, where they played 13 sold-out – out nights in a row, never repeating a song.

During the run, Styles collaborated with Every city and HeadCountwhere Harry donated proceeds – with a Live Nation match – of more than $1 million to the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund to help support the education, research and litigation of Everytown for Gun Safety.

Styles had a lot more to celebrate this week, just like his Harry’s house single, “As It Was,” logged one 14th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and a record 15th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Global 100 chart.

Watch footage of the banner raising and Styles’ run below.


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