Elton John & Billy Joel Coming to Portland | Rose Garden

Update: Concert moved to February 10, 2010

Posted By Julian Chadwick

Earlier this morning, I went over to the press cconference of a “major concert announcement” at Rose Garden. Let me say this–coffee cake–delicious. They sent out the announcement invitation on Friday, & the general consensus from people on twitter (I'm looking at you Steph Stricklen) and over at the Mercury* was U2. Wrong.

You can watch the live video stream I had up earlier here on Qik. It's not that great of quality and the sound is a bit low, but it was live. If you can do better live quality & want to join the pipeline team, email us and you too can have delicious coffee cake.

From Press Release:

Billy Joel and Elton John come Face 2 Face at the Rose Garden Nov 10
Who: Billy Joel and Elton John
Tue, Nov 10, 2009 ⏠7:30p
:  Rose Quarter — Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon

Billy Joel and Elton John, the most successful and longest-running concert pairing in pop history, will reunite for their Face 2 Face tour at Rose Garden on Tuesday, November 10, 2009. Billy and Elton open the concert with a series of duets, playing twin pianos and trading vocals. Each artist then performs a set with his own band. A grand finale brings the two superstars and their supporting musicians back together for a closing encore. This includes some of both Billy and Elton's greatest hits along with an unpredictable selection of rock and roll classics.

Tickets: Tickets are priced at $177.00, $97.00 and $51.50. Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 4th at 10a and can be purchased at the Rose Quarter Box Office (M-F 10a-5p), all participating Safeway/ Tickets West outlets, by calling 877.789.ROSE (7673), or at ComcastTIX.com. For more information please visit RoseQuarter.com. Prices do not include service charges. To receive event notices, pre-sale opportunities, discounts and prizes join our free Rose Quarter CyberClub at RoseQuarter.com.

“We are excited to welcome two legendary artists for one of the biggest shows in Rose Garden history”, said J.E. Isaac, Senior Vice President of Portland Arena Management. "Billy and Elton on the same stage is a unique entertainment opportunity and we are thrilled that Portland will have the chance to experience it.”

This will be Billy Joel and Elton John's first performance together in Portland since their sold out show at The Rose Garden in January of 2001.

"I love touring with Billy. I have the greatest respect for him and we're such good friends," Elton John said.

“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 Billy Joel.

Concert dates announced this year for the Face 2 Face tour immediately sold-out and include two concerts at Toronto's Air Canada Center, and multiple nights at Chicago's Wrigley Field, Philadelphia's Citizen Bank Ballpark, in addition to concerts in Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, and Tampa.

Billy and Elton last toured together in 2003 with 24 sellouts. According to Billboard Magazine the Face 2 Face tour starring Elton John and Billy Joel was "the most successful touring package of all time."

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*Photo/Image from the Mercury, because I didn't take the time to Photoshop the name out of mine. Thanks Merc.

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2 Responses to Elton John & Billy Joel Coming to Portland | Rose Garden

  1. kmcdade March 30, 2009 at 12:07 pm #

    They couldn’t give us a little more time before tickets go on sale? Like, so we can actually come up with some money?

  2. Chris Barton April 1, 2009 at 2:24 am #

    lol I know what you mean, like time to get a 2nd job. :) Seriously, this is one concert I’d love to go to. I play keyboards, and grew up playing and modelling my style on Billy Joel & Elton John (and Keith Green).

    Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” sample is being used on a track in the UK right now – only good thing about the song. :)


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