Billy Joel and Elton John slated for Forum

The twin pianos — one black, one white — stationed in the St. Pete Forum conference room should've offered a pretty solid clue. But the rumor at the news conference was that the Forum was unveiling a Britney Spears tour date.

Instead, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Oren Koules stood at the podium just past 11 a.m. and announced that the venue would host Billy Joel and Elton John's Face 2 Face Tour on Thurs., March 5, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster, or the Forum box office. They range in price from $179 to $54.

The Joel/John touring collaboration, which dates back to 1994, has been called by Billboard magazine, "the most successful touring package of all time."

This tour will follow the familiar pattern: The two titans will open with concert with a series of duets on twin pianos, then each artist performs a set with his own band, after which the entire aggregation joins for a big encore.