E is for Sir Elton John. We were able to see him when he was doing the Face to Face Tour with Billy Joel. Our original tickets were for November of 2009 but Elton John got sick and they had to cancel our part of the tour. Fortunately they rescheduled the show so we saw them in February 2010.
This was an interesting show in which both performers were on stage to start the show, then Billy Joel left and Elton did a solo spot. He played hit after hit, but with very little interaction with the crowd.
Without a significant break, Billy Joel then came out and did a set of his tunes. He was more talkative and told some stories about the songs and joked about how long he’s been singing.
I wanted to add a music note to one of the pictures so I used the MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) to help me get the placement right on the picture.
Finally, Elton John came back out and the two of them did the finale together. Piano Man was a perfect choice to end the concert with. For this layout I used the overlays again. They come with a plain white background but I changed the paper to a blue instead. I think the piano keys work really well.
Rather than just focus on the performers, I tried to get the song images, like the ballerina in “Tiny Dancer,” and the Yellow Brick Road. Funnily, when Billy Joel sang “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and the verse came up about “England’s got a new Queen,” a picture of Elton John was flashed. There was a really good write up about the show by Jim Harrington of the San Jose Mercury, which I printed and added to the last pages.
In 2012 I read that Billy Joel did not want to do the Face to Face tours anymore because he said it “restricted his set list.” Sir Elton had another reason for not wanting to tour with Billy Joel, stating that he was drinking a little too much. Last I read, though, they had “patched things up” and were friends again, although no touring together planned.
There is “E.” Have you ever seen Sir Elton or Billy Joel? Used a MISTI? Love to hear comments!
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