Friday, March 27, 2009

Elton Coming to Salt Lake City & Lisbon


SALT LAKE CITY -- Probably two of the most famous musicians around, Billy Joel and Elton John, are going to reunite for their so-called "Face 2 Face" tour. Concert promoters announced Wednesday that the two will perform at EnergySolutions Arena November 20.

They had so much fun on their previous tours together, Billy Joel and Elton John have decided to do it again. This will be their second visit to Salt Lake; they were here previously in January 2001.

"This is a big show. This show is selling out everywhere," said Jim McNeil, president of United Concerts.

To have two superstars on the same stage is rare, but for long-time fans of these two "Piano Men" the chance to see them perform each other's tunes and play with each other's backing band mates is a special musical event.

"It's an amazing show, having the two of them on stage together and the number of hits between the two of them. I don't know any two artists that would have that many hits," McNeil said.

Billy and Elton first went on tour together in 1994. It was such a popular show they did it again in 2001 and 2003. Look for this tour to extend well into next year.

McNeil says the show is popular because the songs are classic and still as good to listen to today as they were two decades ago. He says the energy between Billy Joel and Elton John during their performances is high.

"I think they love to perform. That's what they do. They're entertainers, they're on stage, they're both consummate live performers. In this case, one plus one equals three," McNeil said.

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British pop legend Sir Elton John is to perform in Lisbon on June 27th, at the Restelo stadium.
His upcoming performance was confirmed this week by show producers Espelho de Cultura.

Now aged 62 the acclaimed artist, whose career spans decades, will be accompanied by his band in what will be his first since the controversy-embroiled quasi performance in Portugal in September 2000.

Elton John’s last ill-fated performance in Portugal that year was held at the Estoril Casino and saw the performer walk off the stage without explanation or apparent reason. He had allegedly complained of smoke in the Casino’s ‘Black & Silver’ room, where he was about to sing.

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