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Inaugural Concert at Nationals Park

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Saturday, July 11th : Billy Joel and Elton John

Tickets on sale this Saturday, February 28th at 10 AM at

Copy of press release after the jump. (Woohoo! I am so going to try to get tickets!)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The “Rocket Man” Elton John and the “Piano Man” Billy Joel, two of the most popular performers ever to grace the stage in Washington, D.C. and the most successful and longest-running concert pairing in pop history, will return to the District of Columbia when the piano-playing dynamic duo perform live in the first-ever musical concert at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals, on Saturday, July 11 at 7:30pm.

Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, February 28 at 10 a.m. exclusively through and charge by phone by calling 1-888-632-6287. Ticket prices will include seating options at $182, $102, and $56.50.

As the inaugural concert at Nationals Park, John and Joel will open the concert together with a series of duets, playing twin pianos and trading vocals. Each artist will then perform a set with their own band. The grand finale reunites the two at center stage with their supporting musicians for a closing encore.

“I love touring with Billy. I have the greatest respect for him and we’re such good friends,” 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 Joel.

Both John and Joel launched their first-ever tour in Philadelphia, PA, at the former Veterans Stadium with three sold-out shows in July of 1994. Their first venture to Washington came on the 2002 leg of Face 2 Face, where John and Joel performed during three sold out engagements at the former MCI Center. Washington Post writer David Segal reflected on one of those performances in a glowing January 15th, 2002 review: “When [John and Joel] hugged and waved their last goodbyes, it was obvious: Pop had finally dreamed up a twofer worth buying.”

John and Joel returned to the District as a part of the 2004 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, when Elton John was a recipient of the award for “exemplary lifetime achievements in the performing arts.” Joel took to the stage to perform renditions of John’s classics, “Benny and the Jets” and “The Bitch is Back.” The ceremony was filmed and broadcast to television audiences nationwide.

“The Nationals are thrilled to host the Face to Face Tour with Elton John and Billy Joel for the first ever concert at Nationals Park,” said Nationals President Stan Kasten. “Elton and Billy are beloved throughout Washington, D.C., and have a rich history performing in our city. Undoubtedly, this will be an remarkable inaugural evening of music out under the stars, showcasing the ballpark’s capabilities as a premiere summer concert venue.”

7 Responses to “Inaugural Concert at Nationals Park”

  1. Relaw says:

    I must have been dreaming when I saw them play together at RFK in the ’90s. The article say that they were first togther in DC in 2002 at the MCI Center.

  2. Mike Licht says:

    It’s just another date on a 30 city North American tour.

  3. Carolyn says:

    Relaw, you were not dreaming. I was there as well. Such a great show. I’d love to see them play Nats Park. Unfortunately, I plan to be at the shore that week. Too bad…

    Proof of 1994 concert below:

  4. Ryan says:

    I got tickets for the concert in Philly. I can’t wait. Billy Joel was great when I saw him but I’ve never seen Elton before and I think it’s going to be one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.

  5. Heather says:

    why are these tickets on sale on Stubhub already?

  6. misschatter says:

    There is a presale going on for season ticket holders (we just bought two – will delay our vacation by a day!). So it must be them reselling, which kind of stinks.

  7. bob says:

    Theseating for this concert is very confusing.
    I am seeing fld seat in sections 7, 7a, 7b
    also seta 1-24

    anyone have any idea if seat 1 is closest to middle of stage, or at what end?
    also I assume secion 7 is split into 3 subsections ( 7,7a, 7b )
    anyone have any idea how many rows per subsection?



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