BIG time stadium rock returned to Scotland last night, when more than 30,000 fans flocked to Ibrox Park, Glasgow, to see Billy Joel and Elton John together in concert, writes Allan Laing.

In a superstar version of a ''buy one, get one free'' special offer, rock-and-roll's two great showmen each performed a blistering set before joining together for the finale.

For Joel, the marathon concert - part of a series of European dates - was probably his last performance in Scotland. The 48 year-old singer/songwriter has already announced he is to give up touring to concentrate on writing.

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However, last night's performance was more full-tilt boogie than classical gas as the veteran performers delivered their double whammy of rock to the delight of the crowd. For once, the Little Big Man really did start the fire and Captain Fantastic was there to fan the flames.

Two ageing rock stars whose sell-by date, on the strength of last night's show, remains as far away as ever.