Sometimes the planning gods align and you get a collaboration you might not expect. Such was the case on Saturday night (July 9) when Billy Joel was in town performing at Detroit’s Comerica Park and was able to bring in Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott for a guest appearance on his show.
Def Leppard had an evening off ‘The Stadium Tour’ with the band actually set to play Comerica Park tonight (July 10th) so as a teaser for the upcoming show he joined Joel and his band for their Saturday night gig for Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”
Sporting a black t-shirt and black and white animal print jacket, Elliott energized the crowd as Joel’s band showed off their rock chops and the “piano man” also chimed in with backing vocals.
While Joel has an extensive catalog of his own material to play, he’s been known to keep fans on their toes with select covers scattered throughout the shows. In addition to Elliott guesting on “Pour Some Sugar on Me”, Joel’s set included snippets of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, “Start Me Up”, and “Nessun Dorma”.
And while the pairing with Elliott might not be the most obvious, Billy Joel has already dove into the hard rock community for guest appearances. In 2017, Joel released Axl Rose for a show in Los Angeles, while AC/DC’s Brian Johnson guest-starred on a New York show at Madison Square Garden in 2014. Rose also joined Joel for the singer’s “Big Shot”. like AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”. Meanwhile, Johnson performed with Joel on AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long.”
Check out the videos taken by fans of the Joe Elliott-Billy Joel collaboration below. You can also look for Def Leppard on “The Stadium Tour” this summer with Motley Crue, Poison, Joan Jett and Classless Act. Get your tickets here. Meanwhile, Joel’s tour dates can be found here.