1980 World Tour

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1980 World Tour
Tour by Elton John
Associated album21 at 33
Start date4 September 1980
End date22 December 1980
Legs2
No. of shows46 in North America
17 in Oceania
63 in total
Elton John concert chronology
  • A Single Man Tour (1979)
  • 1980 World Tour (1980)
  • Jump Up Tour (1982–83)

The 1980 World Tour was a concert tour by English musician and composer Elton John, in support of his 14th studio album 21 at 33. the tour included two legs (North America and Oceania) and a total of 63 shows.

Tour[edit]

John's 1980 tour was unique for two reasons: it was the only tour he has ever done that had a guitarist in the band, but did not include Davey Johnstone, and it is the only time a band member (in this case drummer Nigel Olsson) has done songs from his solo career in the middle of a show. Olsson, who had rejoined John's band along with Dee Murray after six years, performed his own releases, "Saturday Night" and "All I Want Is You". And while Johnstone did make a guest appearance at one show (joining in on "Bite Your Lip (Get Up and Dance") at 6 November stop at The Forum in Los Angeles), he primarily was involved with Alice Cooper's career and had been replaced in John's band by two premiere session guitarists: Tim Renwick from England and American Richie Zito.

The new band did a private warm-up gig at the Palomino Club in Los Angeles on 25 August, exactly ten years to the day from his first American show at the nearby Troubadour. Then, with opening act Judie Tzuke, the tour moved across North America before landing with great fanfare at New York City's Central Park. There, on 13 September, John and the band played a free concert in front of an estimated 450,000 people. The show was highlighted by a cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" in the shadow of Lennon's apartment, and John's choice of costumes; he dressed as Donald Duck for the encores.

After the last United States show on 15 November in Honolulu, Hawaii, the tour concluded with 17 concerts in New Zealand and Australia, finishing at the Perth Entertainment Centre (as he had on the 1979 tour) on 22 December.[1][2]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
[2][3][4]
4 September 1980 Madison, Wisconsin United States Dane County Coliseum
5 September 1980 Rosemont, Illinois Rosemont Horizon
6 September 1980 Detroit Joe Louis Arena
7 September 1980 Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens
8 September 1980
9 September 1980 Montreal Forum de Montréal
11 September 1980 Providence, Rhode Island United States Providence Civic Center
12 September 1980 Hartford, Connecticut Hartford Civic Center
13 September 1980 New York City Central Park 450,000 FREE
16 September 1980 Baltimore Baltimore Civic Center
18 September 1980 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Coliseum
19 September 1980 Columbia, South Carolina Carolina Coliseum
20 September 1980 Raleigh, North Carolina Reynolds Coliseum
23 September 1980 Hampton, Virginia Hampton Coliseum
25 September 1980 Oxford, Ohio Millett Hall
26 September 1980 Lexington, Kentucky Rupp Arena
27 September 1980 Indianapolis Market Square Arena
28 September 1980 Toledo, Ohio Centennial Hall
29 September 1980 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum
2 October 1980 West Lafayette, Indiana Elliott Hall of Music
3 October 1980 Carbondale, Illinois SIU Arena
4 October 1980 Champaign, Illinois Assembly Hall
5 October 1980 Lincoln, Nebraska Bob Devaney Sports Center
7 October 1980 Tulsa, Oklahoma Tulsa Convention Center
9 October 1980 Oklahoma City Myriad Convention Center
10 October 1980 Kansas City, Missouri Kemper Arena
11 October 1980 Ames Hilton Coliseum
14 October 1980 Houston The Summit
15 October 1980 Austin, Texas Special Events Center
16 October 1980 Dallas Reunion Arena
18 October 1980 Denver McNichols Sports Arena
20 October 1980 Portland, Oregon Portland Memorial Coliseum
21 October 1980 Seattle Seattle Center Coliseum
24 October 1980 Oakland, California Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
26 October 1980 Tucson, Arizona Tucson Convention Center
28 October 1980 Tempe, Arizona ASU Activity Center
29 October 1980 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
1 November 1980 Anaheim, California Anaheim Convention Center
2 November 1980
6 November 1980 Inglewood, California The Forum
7 November 1980
8 November 1980
9 November 1980
14 November 1980 Honolulu Neal S. Blaisdell Center
15 November 1980
16 November 1980
Oceania
[5][6]
22 November 1980 Auckland New Zealand Western Springs Stadium
26 November 1980 Wellington Athletic Park
30 November 1980 Sydney Australia Hordern Pavilion
1 December 1980
2 December 1980
3 December 1980
6 December 1980 Brisbane Brisbane Festival Hall
7 December 1980
8 December 1980
11 December 1980 Melbourne Festival Hall
12 December 1980
13 December 1980
16 December 1980 Adelaide Memorial Drive Park
20 December 1980 Perth Perth Entertainment Centre
21 December 1980
22 December 1980

Set list[edit]

  1. "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"
  2. "Tiny Dancer"
  3. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  4. "All the Girls Love Alice"
  5. "Rocket Man"
  6. "Sartorial Eloquence"
  7. "Philadelphia Freedom"
  8. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
  9. "Saturday Night" (Nigel Olsson song)
  10. "All I Want Is You" (Nigel Olsson song)
  11. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"
  12. "Harmony"
  13. "White Lady, White Powder"
  14. "Little Jeannie"
  15. "Bennie and the Jets"
  16. "Imagine" (John Lennon song)
  17. "Ego"
  18. "Have Mercy on the Criminal"
  19. "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"
  20. "Your Song"
  21. "Bite Your Lip"[5][7]

Tour band[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1980".
  2. ^ a b "Elton John Concerts". eltonography.com.
  3. ^ "Search for setlists: tour:(1980 World Tour) – setlist.fm". www.setlist.fm.
  4. ^ Terry Bangley (29 December 2015). "ELTON JOHN "PORTLAND,OR" 1980". Retrieved 19 June 2017 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ a b "1980". eltonjohn.com. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Elton John Concerts". www.eltonography.com. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Elton John Average Setlists of tour: 1980 World Tour – setlist.fm". www.setlist.fm. Retrieved 19 June 2017.

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