Billy Joel performs at Chase Field in Phoenix, during the “Two Icons, One Night” tour on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023. (Chris Ortiz/Courier)


By Chris Ortiz – The Daily Courier

On Friday, Dec. 8, Chase Field hosted a legendary event. A stage was set where two icons would perform more than two hours of music that took a sold-out stadium by storm.

Billed as the “Two Icons, One Night” tour, Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks took to North America for 10 unforgettable shows. The Phoenix stop, which was the tour’s next-to-last stop the 10-date 2023-24 tour, started the day with a little bit of an issue. Booked the same day that the Phoenix Suns were playing the Sacramento Kings only a block away, made everyone wait in longer-than-normal traffic and struggle to find parking. Yet, once that headache was over with, the night went off without a hitch.

First to take the stage was Phoenix native Nicks. The 75-year-old held nothing back during her 15-song performance, which included the classic Fleetwood Mac hits of “Dreams,” “Gypsy,” “Gold Dust Woman,” “Rhiannon,” and “Landslide,” a song that left the entire audience in tears as it paid tribute to former Fleetwood bandmate and dear friend Christine McVie, who passed away on Nov. 3, 2022. Nicks expressed how hard the year had been for her since her friend’s passing, stating that she had met McVie in 1975 and became instant friends.

Other songs that Nicks performed throughout the night were “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (which was a duet with Billy Joel), “For What It’s Worth” (a Buffalo Springfield cover), and “Free Fallin’” that a video of photos of Nicks and friend Tom Petty, who wrote and recorded the song, played on the screens behind the band.

Nick’s performance left the audience in an emotional state, wanting more and was able to get that fill when Joel took the stage – opening his set with 1978 hit “My Life” from the album ”52nd Street.” It was at that moment everyone in Chase Field stood and sang along with every lyric Joel and his band played that night. The 23-song set list also included “Vienna,” “Zanzibar,” “An Innocent Man,” “New York State of Mind,” “Movin’ Out” (Anthony’s Song), “Only the Good Die Young,” “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” “Piano Man,” “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” “Uptown Girl,” “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “Big Shot,” and “You May Be Right” as well as a few surprises, including the holiday tune “Sleigh Ride” (a Leroy Anderson & His Pops Orchestra cover), “Start Me Up” (Rolling Stones cover, where Joel impersonated Stones’ lead singer Mick Jagger), “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (which was used as the introduction to Joel’s “The Longest Time”), and a mind-blowing operatic performance of “Nessun Dorma” by rhythm guitarist and backup singer Michael DelGuidice.

By the end of the night, nothing was left to be desired. People were leaving Chase Field in all smiles, wearing the tour T-shirts, and talking about their favorite songs of the night. This tour will easily go down as one of the absolute best of 2023.

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