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Washington is the first venue, to which they return on January 18 & 20

Monday 21 January 2002 @ 14:06 - GMT

Piano men Elton and Billy Joel are back for a new season of dual performances in the USA on their Face to Face Tour 2002, in a format which has lasted more than five years for the boys, starting in Washington DC on January 13, 2002.

The 3 1/2-hour show at the MCI Center replicated the final leg of their Face to Face tour in 2001. However, Elton performed three songs from his current album Songs From The West Coast during his set.

Towards the end of the show, Elton and Billy sang Here Comes The Sun as a tribute to the late Beatle George Harrison.

The complete set list of the Washington DC show on January 13, 2002:

  1. Your Song (EJ&BJ)
  2. Just the Way You Are (EJ&BJ)
  3. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (EJ&BJ)
  4. Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding (EJ)
  5. Someone Saved My Life Tonight (EJ)
  6. Philadelphia Freedom (EJ)
  7. I Want Love (EJ)
  8. Rocket Man (EJ)
  9. Take Me To The Pilot (EJ)
  10. Levon (EJ)
  11. Ballad Of The Boy In The Red Shoes (EJ)
  12. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues (EJ)
  13. This Train Don't Stop There Anymore (EJ)
  14. I'm Still Standing (EJ)
  15. Crocodile Rock (EJ)
  16. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) (EJ)
  17. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant (BJ)
  18. Allentown (BJ)
  19. Don't Ask Me Why (BJ)
  20. Vienna (BJ)
  21. Prelude/Angry Young Man (BJ)
  22. Lullabye (BJ)
  23. River of Dreams (BJ)
  24. Miami 2017 (BJ)
  25. New York State Of Mind (BJ)
  26. I Go To Extremes (BJ)
  27. Don't Be Cruel (BJ)
  28. We Didn't Start The Fire (BJ)
  29. Only The Good Die Young (BJ)
  30. My Life (EJ&BJ)
  31. Here Comes The Sun (EJ&BJ)
  32. The Bitch Is Back (EJ&BJ)
  33. You May Be Right (EJ&BJ)
  34. Bennie And The Jets (EJ&BJ)
  35. Great Balls Of Fire (EJ&BJ)
  36. Candle In The Wind (EJ&BJ)
  37. Piano Man (EJ&BJ)

The complete set list of the Washington DC show on January 20, 2002:

  1. Your Song (EJ&BJ)
  2. Just the Way You Are (EJ&BJ)
  3. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (EJ&BJ)
  4. Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding (EJ)
  5. Someone Saved My Life Tonight (EJ)
  6. Philadelphia Freedom (EJ)
  7. I Want Love (EJ)
  8. Rocket Man (EJ)
  9. Take Me To The Pilot (EJ)
  10. Levon (EJ)
  11. Ballad Of The Boy In The Red Shoes (EJ)
  12. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues (EJ)
  13. This Train Don't Stop There Anymore (EJ)
  14. I'm Still Standing (EJ)
  15. Crocodile Rock (EJ)
  16. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant (BJ)
  17. Allentown (BJ)
  18. Summer, Highland Falls (BJ)
  19. Anthony's Song (BJ)
  20. Prelude/Angry Young Man (BJ)
  21. Lullabye (BJ)
  22. River of Dreams (BJ)
  23. Miami 2017 (BJ)
  24. New York State Of Mind (BJ)
  25. I Go To Extremes (BJ)
  26. We Didn't Start The Fire (BJ)
  27. Only The Good Die Young (BJ)
  28. My Life (EJ&BJ)
  29. Here Comes The Sun (EJ&BJ)
  30. The Bitch Is Back (EJ&BJ)
  31. You May Be Right (EJ&BJ)
  32. Bennie And The Jets (EJ&BJ)
  33. Great Balls Of Fire (EJ&BJ)
  34. Candle In The Wind (EJ&BJ)
  35. Piano Man (EJ&BJ)

Text in songlist marked red denotes a change of acts or collaborations.

Face To Face tours began in the United States in 1995 and in 1996. The tour went overseas to Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Europe in 1998, although the European leg was curtailed after Billy suffered throat problems. The duo only managed Dublin in Eire that summer, Glasgow in Scotland, then Manchester, England, was cancelled.

The two June 1998 shows at Wembley Stadium in London went ahead with Elton replacing Billy and doing a mammoth 3 1/2-hour session which in 1999 and 2000 became the "norm" for his sold-out solo gigs.

The 31-date Face To Face 2001 tour grossed $59 million.

Early sales for the Elton John/Billy Joel Face To Face 2002 tour of the American northeast set box office records, selling out eleven shows in four cities with additional shows added at each location and new cities being added to the itinerary.

Among other dates added: New York's Madison Square Garden on March 15 and 18, 2002. Tickets for these shows went on sale on January 19, 2002.

According to our records, it appears Elton performed THREE shows in Washington: Jan 13, 18, and 20, 2002.