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With a six-month hiatus between gigs, Billy Joel and Elton John managed to complete their two-performance Madison Square Garden

Tuesday 24 September 2002 @ 21:02 - GMT

MSG 24/09/02Together, Billy Joel and EltonJohn have been a superb concert pairing since their first "Face to Face" tour in '94.

At this performance they were salt and pepper - Billy played the brash American in a neatly cut suit, ready with joke and a big smile, and Elton was the charmingly eccentric Englishman, all dressed in purple, right down to his socks. What this concert illustrated is that, despite their stylistic differences, these guys are completely simpatico.

The appeal of their music and incredible sense of showmanship thrilled the audience at MSG, which ranged in age from teens to geezers. Had the pair appeared in a London hall, Sir Elton would have probably been the winner of this Steinway showdown, with one of the tightest sets he's ever played in his many stints at the Garden. MSG 24/09/02But last night belonged to Billy. He gave his music a tough-guy edge that lent dynamics to songs such as Allentown and New York State of Mind, for which he earned a lengthy standing ovation. His piano work was inspired, and his vocal confidence projected the aura of a man who has wrestled with devils and won. John made points with the house during his great ballad Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me and the rocker Philadelphia Freedom. And for Funeral for a Friend, the Brit managed to fit two tons of bombast in a 1-ton bag.

During each of their solo sets, both Joel and John expressed regret to the ans for the six-month wait for this performance, but, as the saying goes - all's well that ends well.

The complete setlist:

1) Pre-recorded Intro Music
AIDA OVERTURE/
Yankee Doodle (BJ enters)/
The British Grenadiers*
(EJ enters)
2) Your Song

3) Just The Way You Are

EJ's BAND ENTERS

4) Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

BJ EXITS - ELTON'S SET

5) Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
6) Someone Saved My Life Tonight
7) Philadelphia Freedom
8) I Want Love
9) Rocket Man
10) Take Me To The Pilot
11) Have Mercy On The Criminal

*****EJ Introduces Band Members*****

12) Tiny Dancer
13) This Train Don't Stop There Anymore
14) I'm Still Standing
15) Crocodile Rock

EJ & BAND EXIT/ BJ's BAND ENTERS - BILLY'S SET

16) Angry Young Man
17) Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
18) Movin' Out
19) Allentown
20) Summer Highlands Falls
21) Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel)
22) River Of Dreams
23) Miami 2001
24) New York State Of Mind

*****BJ Introduces Band Members*****

25) I Go To Extremes
26) Still Rock 'n' Roll To Me
27) Only The Good Die Young

BJ & BAND EXIT AND RETURN WITH EJ

28) My Life - (Billy's Band with Nigel from EJ Band)

(REMAINING MEMBERS OF EJ's BAND ENTER)

29) The Bitch Is Back
30) You May Be Right
31) Bennie And The Jets
32) A Hard Day's Night
33) Great Balls Of Fire

EJ & BJ EXIT WITH THEIR BANDS/ EJ & BJ RETURN BY THEMSELVES

34) Candle In The Wind
35) Piano Man