Elton John and Billy Joel's Face to Face tour kicked off its latest incarnation last night to a packed house in Jacksonville, Fla., operating under the simple business model: maximized reward, exceedingly minimized risk.
Opening night of the duo's wildly successful co-headlning tour was a three-plus-hour event steeped in hits and nostalgia (the night's youngest song was Joel's "River of Dreams" from '93) that varied little from previous incarnations, from its format to its ticket prices.
Joel acknowledged as much during his set, thanking the crowd after a spin through "Allentown." "Speaking of unemployment," Joel said, "we're just happy you're keeping us in business. We're happy to have a job."