West of the Rockies Tour

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West of the Rockies Tour
Tour by Elton John
Associated albumRock of the Westies
Start date29 September 1975
End date26 October 1975
No. of shows17 in the United States
2 in Canada
19 in Total
Elton John concert chronology

The West of the Rockies Tour was a North American concert tour by English musician and composer Elton John, in support of his 10th studio album Rock of the Westies. The tour included a total of 17 shows across the United States and Canada.


John and his new band (now without Jeff "Skunk" Baxter but including backing vocalists Cindy Bullens, Jon Joyce and Ken Gold) warmed up for their West of the Rockies tour by playing five shows in three nights at The Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles, the place where John had first conquered America exactly five years before. Kiki Dee joined in on these shows, which were benefit concerts for the Jules Stein Foundation and were commemorated by the promotional book "Five Years of Fun".

The western leg of the US tour began on 29 September 1975, at the San Diego Sports Arena, and finished up on 25 and 26 October at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles…the first time a rock act had played there since The Beatles in 1966. These two shows, the culmination of "Elton John Week" in the city and played in front of 55,000 people each night, were filmed for British television and remain some of the most famous concerts John has ever given. Following opening sets by Emmylou Harris and Joe Walsh, Elton John and the band were later joined on stage by Billie Jean King and the 45-member James Cleveland Choir singing on selected numbers.[1]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America[2][3]
29 September 1975 San Diego United States San Diego Sports Arena
1 October 1975 Tucson Tucson Convention Center
2 October 1975 Las Vegas Las Vegas Convention Center
3 October 1975 Tempe ASU Activities Center
5 October 1975 Denver McNichols Sports Arena
6 October 1975
7 October 1975 Salt Lake City Huntsman Center
12 October 1975 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
13 October 1975
14 October 1975 Portland United States Portland Memorial Coliseum
16 October 1975 Seattle Seattle Center Coliseum
17 October 1975
19 October 1975 Oakland Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
20 October 1975
21 October 1975
25 October 1975 Los Angeles Dodger Stadium
26 October 1975

Set list[edit]

  1. "Your Song"
  2. "I Need You to Turn To"
  3. "Border Song"
  4. "Take Me to the Pilot"
  5. "Dan Dare (Pilot of the Future)"
  6. "Country Comfort"
  7. "Levon"
  8. "Rocket Man"
  9. "Hercules"
  10. "Empty Sky"
  11. "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"
  12. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  13. "Bennie and the Jets"
  14. "Harmony"
  15. "Dixie Lily"
  16. "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy"
  17. "The Bitch Is Back"
  18. "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"
  19. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
  20. "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (The Beatles cover)
  21. "(Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket"
  22. "I Saw Her Standing There" (The Beatles cover)
  23. "Island Girl"
  24. "Philadelphia Freedom"
  25. "We All Fall in Love Sometimes"
  26. "Curtains"
  27. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"


  1. "Pinball Wizard" (The Who cover)[4][5]

Tour band[edit]


  1. ^ "1975–1976". EltonJohn.com. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Elton John Concerts". www.eltonography.com. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Elton John Concert Map by tour: West of the Rockies | setlist.fm". www.setlist.fm. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Elton John Average Setlists of tour: West of the Rockies | setlist.fm". www.setlist.fm. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Elton John Concerts". www.eltonography.com. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  6. ^ "1975–1976". EltonJohn.com. Retrieved 29 June 2017.

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