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Elton John’s performances at Dodger Stadium in 1975 was nothing short of an extravaganza!

Elton John’s performances at Dodger Stadium in 1975 was nothing short of an extravaganza! The first rock show at the stadium since “The Beatles” performed there a decade before.  Admission was $10, T-shirts were only $5, and the programs were only two bucks.  More than 100,000 people flooded Dodger Stadium on Oct. 25th and 26th to see Elton perform. 

The opening acts were Emmy Lou Harris and Joe Walsh.

The opening acts were Emmy Lou Harris and Joe Walsh.  Kind of strange pair up but then again, nothing is surprising when it comes to Elton John!  Cal Worthington and his dog Spot (an African lion), was the Grand Marshall that introduced Elton at the show.

Elton opened with a soulful solo rendition of “Your Song.”

Elton opened with a soulful solo rendition of “Your Song,” with the opening piano notes preceding the rise of the curtain. His piano starting at the back left of the stage and slowly moving to the front as the song progressed.  After another solo number, “I Need You to Turn To,” he was joined onstage by his band.

Even tennis star Billie Jean King Joined him on stage

Even tennis star Billie Jean King Joined him on stage and sang backing vocals for “Philadelphia Freedom.”  He played a 10-song opening set that featured several album tracks before returning in a sequined Dodger uniform for a hit-laden second set that also heavily highlighted his No. 1 album from five months earlier, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.

John ended up playing 31 songs in a three-hour-plus performance.

John ended up playing 31 songs in a three-hour-plus performance. Leaving the fans wanting more! For those who attended, they saw a performance that was on a grand scale.

This is the photographer that captured it all on film

All of this grandeur was captured by British photographer “Terry O’neill”, who was one of the official photographers to cover the performances.  For more information on this iconic photographer, click here: https://iconicimages.net/photographers/terry-oneill/ 

 

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