IMPERIAL â€“ Face-to-Face, a tribute band featuring the music of Elton John and Billy Joel performed Friday night at the Wells Fargo Commercial Entertainment Center at the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta.
Joey Riedel and Michael John took on the personas of Elton John and Billy Joel in a realistic production of Johnâ€™s and Joelâ€™s popular touring show. Each of the artists performed a set of hits by themselves. They then joined each other Face-to-Face trading vocals on each otherâ€™s songs on opposing pianos.
The show was energetic and the songs were faithfully done with some humor and Johnâ€™s famous eccentric costume changes. The audience was invited to join in on sing-a-longs. The audience was singing along on their own anyway. Lots of dancers were crowded in front of the stage.
Elton seemed to have more of a mastery of the piano, while Billy danced around, at times jumping up on his piano. Their vocals were good but neither sounded like their famous counterparts. The back-up band was spot on.
The audience loved the show.
Tribute bands have become more popular over the past few years, especially at fairs. The California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta has gotten some of the best tribute bands in the country. The Face-to-Face Tribute Show was no exception.[envira-gallery id=”52910″]