BILLY 9 – Face2Face

Sept. 25 & 27, Oct. 11 & 13, 2002 (4 shows) Face2Face
Photo credit: AP / Ed Betz

Sept. 25 & 27, Oct. 11 & 13, 2002 (4 shows)


These were the shows at the Coliseum that solidified Billy Joel’s comeback. In the months leading up to this tour with Elton John, Joel had dealt publicly with the worst problems of his career. He had gone through a well-publicized stint in rehab and high-profile traffic accidents, as well as a respiratory infection that had some questioning his ability to perform.

On this tour, he put those issues behind him and started to have fun again. Years later, Joel remembers joking around with John, telling him, “You know I grew up about 15 minutes from here.” He laughs as he recalls John saying, “Yes, I threw up about 15 minutes from here.”

“I thought it was hysterical,” Joel says. “I couldn’t stop laughing the whole night.”

By the numbers

  • Year-end ranking of Joel and John in Billboard’s top-grossing tours 3
  • No. 1 songs in the set 4
  • Cost of prime ticket $175
  • Length of show, in minutes 210
  • Total gross for 2002 Face2Face tour $66 million
Set list


Fear not, Billy Joel fans. The Piano Man is doing just fine.

At any given moment in the 3 ½-hour ‘Face to Face Tour’ extravaganza, the 53-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer from Hicksville could be found riding his piano stool like a bucking bronco, step-dancing atop his baby grand like he was Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance, or swinging between the pianos like they were the parallel bars and he wanted a perfect 10 from the East German judge.

Or maybe he just wanted a perfect 10 from his fans.

— Glenn Gamboa, Newsday, Sept. 26, 2002 (reviewing the Madison Square Garden show)



(Sept. 25, 2002)


Your Song / Just the Way You Are / Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me


Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding

Someone Saved My Life Tonight

Philadelphia Freedom

I Want Love

Rocket Man

Take Me to the Pilot

Have Mercy on the Criminal

Tiny Dancer

This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore

I’m Still Standing

Crocodile Rock


Prelude/Angry Young Man

Scenes From an Italian Restaurant

Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)


The Downeaster Alexa

Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)

River of Dreams

Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)

New York State of Mind

I Go to Extremes

It’s Still Rock ‘n’ Roll to Me

Only the Good Die Young


My Life

The Bitch Is Back

You May be Right

Bennie and the Jets

A Hard Day’s Night

Great Balls of Fire


Candle in the Wind

Piano Man