1980 World Tour
|Tour by Elton John|
|Associated album||21 at 33|
|Start date||4 September 1980|
|End date||22 December 1980|
|No. of shows||46 in North America |
17 in Oceania
63 in total
|Elton John concert chronology|
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.
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.
- "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"
- "Tiny Dancer"
- "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
- "All the Girls Love Alice"
- "Rocket Man"
- "Sartorial Eloquence"
- "Philadelphia Freedom"
- "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
- "Saturday Night" (Nigel Olsson song)
- "All I Want Is You" (Nigel Olsson song)
- "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"
- "White Lady, White Powder"
- "Little Jeannie"
- "Bennie and the Jets"
- "Imagine" (John Lennon song)
- "Have Mercy on the Criminal"
- "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"
- "Your Song"
- "Bite Your Lip"
- Elton John – lead vocals, piano
- Richie Zito – lead guitar, backing vocals
- Tim Renwick – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Dee Murray – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Nigel Olsson – drums, backing vocals
- James Newton Howard – keyboards, synthesizer, electric piano, backing vocals
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