More Joel and John tickets - and maybe the best
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Thursday, December 18, 2008
12/18/08 at 12:18 PM
If you’re wanting the best seats in the house for the upcoming Billy Joel and Elton John “Face 2 Face” concert at BOK Center arena, you might consider buying seats behind the stage.
For the March 17 show, the venue will “sell out the entire arena,” said Casey Sparks, director of marketing and sales. And, said Sparks, some of the best seats will also be the cheapest.
The show layout will have the stage at one end of the arena, but the artists will perform in a “360-degree format,” said Sparks. That means that those seats behind the stage will actually be very close to Joel and John as they perform on their pianos, “and there are no screens, no obstructions, and they’re the cheapest seats on the floor.”
Also, sound presentation is geared to a 360-degree format, Sparks said. That means that there won’t be stories-tall stacks of amplifiers obstructing your views, either.
“People think that ‘behind the stage’ is bad,” she said, “so those seats are cheaper because they don’t sell as fast. I saw this show on their last tour, and I think these (seats behind the stage) are the best seats in the house.”
There are two pricing tiers: Floor seats behind the stage start at $99, and upper seats behind the stage start at $53.50, Sparks said. The only other seats at that low price are in the very upper levels, the official BOK Center Web site shows. Floor seats in front of the performance area start at $177.
John and Joel first pounded keys together in 1994. Their most recent “Face 2 Face” tour was a sold-out, 24-date trek back in 2003.
This tour features Joel and John opening with a series of duets, playing twin pianos and trading vocals, according to a BOK e-mail announcement. Each artist then will perform a full set with his own band, followed by a grand finale that brings the two superstars and their supporting musicians back together for a closing encore.
They will play greatest hits and an eclectic selection of rock ’n’ roll classics.
This tour has been called the longest-running and most successful concert duet in pop history, running a span of 14 years, with plans to continue at least two more.
Joel was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1999. John was inducted in 1994.
For more information, visit tulsaworld.com/BOK or call (866) 7-BOK-CTR.
Jennifer Chancellor 581-8346
Billy Joel will perform with Elton John at the BOK Center on March 17. AP file