Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Billy & Elton Add Chicago & Philadelphia Dates
CHICAGO -- Imagine the Rocket Man, Piano Man and Sweet Lou together at Wrigley Field.
On July 21, Elton John and Billy Joel will make a stop on their Face 2 Face tour at the Cubs' home park.
It will be the third summer concert to be staged at Wrigley Field since Jimmy Buffett performed in 2006. Sting followed with a concert in 2007.
John and Joel will open each concert with a series of duets, playing twin pianos and trading vocals. Each will then perform a set with his own band. The grand finale will have both on stage together for the encore.
The concert will include some of their greatest hits as well as an unpredictable selection of rock and roll classics.
Tickets will go on sale Saturday, Feb. 14, at 10 a.m. CT. Tickets are $175, $95 and $55 plus fees and service charges, and will be available at tickets.com or calling 1-800-THE-CUBS. Tickets will not be sold at the Wrigley Field box office. There is a six-ticket limit per customer.
"Wrigley Field is to baseball what Billy Joel and Elton John are to music -- institutions that transcend time and bring inspiration to their fans around the globe," said Cubs chairman Crane Kenney. "In addition to its status as a baseball cathedral, Wrigley Field has shown its grandeur as a football gridiron, an outdoor hockey palace and a majestic concert hall that next July will host two of the all-time musical greats. The Cubs are honored to have Billy Joel and Elton John grace Wrigley Field's stage next summer."
Joel and John played the first date of their Face 2 Face tour on July 8, 1994, at the 62,000-capacity Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. That began a run of 21 sold-out performances in 13 cities. The duo last toured together in 2003.
Chicago manager Lou Piniella and the team will miss hearing John sing "Rocket Man" or Joel belt out "The Piano Man" because they will be in Philadelphia, part of the Cubs' six-game, post-All-Star break road trip that begins in Washington on July 16.
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia favorites "The Rocket Man" and "Piano Man" will be reunited this summer at Citizens Bank Park.
The dynamic duo will perform July 30.
Insiders say Joel and John will open the concert together with a series of crowd pleasing duets complete with twin pianos. Then each will play a set with their own band. The grand finale will bring both performers back to center stage for some foot stomping fun.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. through ComcastTIX at 1-800-298-4200, online at ComcastTIX.com, or in person at the Wachovia Center box office or select Acme Markets.
Billy Joel and Elton John are the most successful and longest-running concert pairing in pop history. In July of 1994, they launched their first-ever tour in Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium.
"The great thing about performing with Elton is that he is such a good piano player and that makes me have to dig deep to keep up with him, not to mention I've got the best seat in the house-only one piano away from Elton John!" said Joel.
"I love touring with Billy. I have the greatest respect for him and we're such good friends," John said.
Phillies President David Montgomery said in a press release that it will be quite a night.
"Both Billy and Elton have a special history in Philadelphia, and we know this is going to be a memorable night for everyone at what has become a very popular concert venue under the stars at Citizens Bank Park," Montgomery said.