Billy Joel performed at Detroit’s Comerica Park on July 9, just one night before the Mötley Crüe/Def Leppard/Poison/Joan Jett mega tour hit the same venue. Joel brought one of the Eighties’ leading singers out to give his audience an idea of what was to come.
We would love to have seen Joel and Vince Neil team up. “Girls, Girls, Girls”Bret Michaels & the Piano Man duet “Talk Dirty to Me,” he opted for Joe Elliott and Def Leppard’s 1987 classic “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”Here’s fan-shot video.
It was the third time Joel and Elliott had sung this song. “Pour Some Sugar on Me” together following a 2018 show at Boston’s Fenway Park and a 2019 Madison Square Garden gig. Bruce Springsteen, Miley Cyrus and Jon Bon Jovi are some of the other guests that will be performing at MSG. Brian Johnson and Sting are also on the bill.
Def Leppard’s set on The Stadium Tour is heavy on hits like “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” but they’re also playing three or four songs a night from their new LP Diamond Star Halos. “This stadium tour gives us an opportunity to promote our new album, but we’re not stupid,”Elliott told Rolling StoneThis year, earlier. “We’re not going to play every song off of it. We’re going to play a select couple or three. It’s a stadium show. People come to hear what they know, and we’re going to play exactly what you expect from us.”
Billy Joel, meanwhile, hasn’t released an album of original pop songs since 1993’s River of Dreams.When he spoke, Rolling StoneIn 2019, he stated that he was puzzled by his popularity on the roads. “I’ve gone onstage and said, ‘I don’t have anything new for you, so we’re just going to play the old shit,’ ”He stated. “And the audience goes, ‘Yeah!’ I’ll be sitting in the stadium looking out at 30,000, 40,000, 50,000 people, thinking, ‘What the hell are they all doing here? Why now?’ I guess, in a way, I’m an anachronism. There aren’t that many of me left. There’s a rarity to it, which gives it value.”