Billy Joel and Sting duet on 'Every Little Thing She Does is Magic' and 'Big Man on Mulberry Street'

27 February 2024, 11:40

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By Mayer Nissim

Billy Joel and Sting kick off a co-headline show with a remarkable duet.

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Billy Joel very much seems to be enjoying himself these days, having just released his first new music in 17 years while inching towards his 150th performance at Madison Square Garden.

All the while he's continued touring, and is currently on the road in the US with support on various dates from Stevie Nicks and Sting.

The shows with Sting have been billed as co-headlining dates, and what better way to underline that than for Billy to introduce Sting on stage, before joining him for his opening number at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

"Stick around and sing with me," Sting asked his touring buddy, and Joel was more than happy to oblige.

The pair performed The Police hit 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic', before Joel took his leave to prepare for his own set later that evening.

Billy Joel and Sting @ Tampa 2/24/24 - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

And during Billy Joel's own set, Sting returned the favour from earlier in the evening by joining him for a run through 'Big Man on Mulberry Street'.

While he has stopped performing the controversial 'Don't Stand So Close To Me', Sting's setlist was packed with career-spanning hits.

The full Sting setlist was as follows:

  1. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
  2. Message in a Bottle
  3. If I Ever Lose My Faith in You
  4. Englishman in New York featuring Shaggy
  5. If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
  6. Spirits in the Material World
  7. Fields of Gold
  8. Brand New Day
  9. Heavy Cloud No Rain
  10. Shape of My Heart
  11. Walking on the Moon
  12. So Lonely
  13. Desert Rose
  14. King of Pain
  15. Every Breath You Take
  16. Roxanne
Sting and Billy Joel soundchecking in Tampa
Sting and Billy Joel soundchecking in Tampa. Picture: Getty Images

The full Billy Joel setlist was as follows:

  1. My Life
  2. Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)
  3. Vienna
  4. Start Me Up
  5. An Innocent Man
  6. The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Solomon Linda’s Original Evening Birds cover)
  7. The Longest Time
  8. Turn the Lights Back On
  9. Big Man on Mulberry Street
  10. Don’t Ask Me Why
  11. New York State of Mind
  12. The Downeaster ‘Alexa’
  13. Allentown
  14. Sometimes a Fantasy
  15. Only the Good Die Young
  16. The River of Dreams
  17. Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
  18. Piano Man
  19. We Didn’t Start the Fire
  20. Uptown Girl
  21. It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me
  22. Big Shot
  23. You May Be Right

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