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Elton John and Billy Joel continue Face to Face tour, but no more sharing cover songs

Friday 22 February 2002 @ 19:42 - GMT

Elton John and Billy Joel rolled into First Union Center in Philadelphia, USA, on February 22, 2002. But gone are the cover versions of each other's works.

 

The complete set list of the Philadelphia show on February 22, 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. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues (EJ)
  11. Levon (EJ)
  12. This Train Don't Stop There Anymore (EJ)
  13. I'm Still Standing (EJ)
  14. Crocodile Rock (EJ)
  15. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant (BJ)
  16. Allentown (BJ)
  17. Summer Highland Falls (BJ)
  18. Anthony's Song (BJ)
  19. Captain Jack (BJ)
  20. Prelude/Angry Young Man (BJ)
  21. Lullabye (BJ)
  22. River of Dreams/Dancing In The Street (BJ)
  23. New York State Of Mind (BJ)
  24. I Go To Extremes (BJ)
  25. Only The Good Die Young (BJ)
  26. My Life (EJ&BJ)
  27. Here Comes The Sun (EJ&BJ)
  28. The Bitch Is Back (EJ&BJ)
  29. You May Be Right (EJ&BJ)
  30. Bennie And The Jets (EJ&BJ)
  31. God Save The Queen (EJ&BJ)
  32. Great Balls Of Fire (EJ&BJ)
  33. 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.