Billy Joel/Elton John Face to Face Tour: July 18th, 2009; Foxboro Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.

The stage was set with one side honoring New York and the other depicting London. The show began with references to God Save the Queen for Elton John and Yankee Doodle Dandy to bring in Billy Joel.

The crowd was excited for their arrival. Two pianos face each other and they took the stage, playing each others songs, trading solo voices and piano pieces. Your Song, Just The Way You Are, Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me (clad with yellow lights, and timed for the pending sunset.

The solo set with Elton John started with an unbelievable rendition of Funeral For a Friend/Loves Lies Bleeding. I could not believe I was hearing it live as it is such a classic song with such a range of Elton's talent. What was more unbelievable, though, was the much of the crowd saw this as a long refreshment break. I heard a woman  say, "I don't know this one ... is it new?" No, it wasn't new. It was fantastic, though. 

The crowd did reappear when Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting started. The long awaited Elton glasses came out and there were a few feather boas floating around. The Patriots are my team, says Elton, to the cheering of a grateful crowd. Mad Man Across the World, Levon 

Show Open: Billy & Elton
"Your Song"
"Just the Way You Are"
"Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
"My Life"

Solo set: Elton John
"Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"
"Saturday Nights Alright For Fighting"
"Madman Across the Water"
"Tiny Dancer"
"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
"Philadelphia Freedom"
"I'm Still Standing"
"Crocodile Rock"

Solo set: Billy Joel
"Prelude/Angry Young Man"
"Movin' Out"
"Don't Ask Me Why"
"She's Always A Woman"
"Scenes from an Italian Restaurant"
"River of Dreams/Dirty Water"
"We Didn't Start the Fire"
"Still Rock and Roll to Me"
"Only the Good Die Young"

Closing Set: Billy & Elton
"I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues"
"Uptown Girl"
"The Bitch is Back"
"You May Be Right"
"Bennie and the Jets"
"Candle in the Wind"
"Piano Man"