Billy Joel and Sting Kick Off Their Co-Headlining Tour

Sting wowed Raymond James Stadium for one evening only under a shimmering moon, offering up an 83-minute, 16-song opening set that was an expert lesson in how to balance music and melody.

He kicked off the evening with The Police’s 1981 track “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”, before bringing Sting back for duet performances of Billy Joel’s Big Man on Mulberry Street later in the show.

1. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

Sting opened his first of two co-headlining shows Saturday at RayJay Stadium with gusto, showing his legendary status through everything from impressive bass skills to contemporary renditions of iconic songs like “Shape of My Heart,” interspersed with Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams” chorus – creating an entertaining yet legendary experience for his audience.

Joel may no longer possess the mighty wail he once did, but he was more than ready to perform some of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s hits – such as “King of Pain,” “Fields of Gold” and the timeless “New York State of Mind.” When these two musicians joined forces on “Brand New Day” their collaboration was nothing short of amazing as fans captured footage and shared it online.

2. Big Man On Mulberry Street

Under a sparkling full moon and to a cheering audience, The Piano Man and former Police lead singer Sting kicked off their inaugural co-headlining shows in Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. Trading off between solo hits and collaborations between sets, these two rock-and-roll Hall-of-Famers traded off between solo sets as well as special collaborations.

Sting looked the part as Frank Sinatra for his jazzy set opener, featuring Joel on chorus singing duties. They also collaborated for “Big Man on Mulberry Street,” an allusion to an average person trying to think they’re big shot walking around Little Italy in New York and fantasizing that he’s big shot; both musicians had great feel for its assertive melody as they danced their duet through similar moves as Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse did in “Singing in the Rain.” Definitely an unlikely duet.

3. New York State Of Mind

Billy Joel surprised fans when he debuted “Turn the Lights Back On,” an unexpected track from his latest album. This track celebrates New York, with each reference cheered along by enthusiastic audiences.

Sting remained for the entire concert, joining Joel to perform their duet of Big Man on Mulberry Street as seen on fan videos. Sting was in good voice and seemed to enjoy himself immensely during their duet of Big Man on Mulberry Street.

Joel often performs this song to honor New York, making it a staple in his concerts. It even made its way onto the agenda at The Concert for New York City held after 9/11 to benefit its fire and police departments as well as first responders.

4. The Longest Time

Sting kept his set lively by occasionally joining Joel onstage to help sing some of his hits, like The Police’s “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” with piano accompaniment from Joel or adding an unexpected flourish to “Piano Man.”

Sting brought new energy and spirit to classic songs such as “Roxanne,” “Message in a Bottle,” and “Fields of Gold,” modifying their keys, time signatures and arrangements in ways that heightened and extended them. He also slowed down songs such as Desert Rose in order to let its Arabic feel speak for itself.

These two Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famers have several joint shows scheduled this summer, including dates in San Diego, St. Louis, Las Vegas and Joel’s final Madison Square Garden residency show slated for July.

5. The Entertainer

Sting and Piano Man brought New York into Tampa on Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium. While both artists had previously shared stages together, this marked their inaugural co-headlining appearance together.

Sting was truly captivating, infusing new life into fan favorites such as “Message in a Bottle,” “Brand New Day” and Fields of Gold, while giving songs such as Desert Rose time to breathe.

He called on reggae-fusion star Shaggy to assist him with singing the second verse of Englishman in New York, though many fans expected Joel himself to join them for an encore of Roxanne instead he performed a different version which gave him more room to stretch. Fans loved it!