What group was the main attraction when Elton John made his concert debut?
#55920. Asked by shady shaker. (Mar 14 05 8:22 AM)
Sorry, but no!|
I've found a couple of references to Elton opening for Leon Russell on his first American tour, but then found this item on his American concert debut:|
Aug 25 1970
US CONCERT - The Troubadour, West Hollywood CA
Bad Side Of The Moon
Sixty Years On
I Need You To Turn To
Take Me To The Pilot
Honky Tonk Women (Jagger / Richards)
Burn Down The Mission (wth Get Back (Lennon / McCartney))
Elton John: piano; Dee Murray: bass; Nigel Olsson: drums
Elton John's American debut performance. Introduced by Neil Diamond: "I know the album and I love the album and I have no idea what these people are about to do. I want to take my seat and enjoy this with you."
Elton was wearing a beard, bell-bottom jeans and a red shirt with "Rock And Roll" spelt in white letters. Elton was co-headliner with David Ackles. The set lasted about an hour. Leon Russell was in the audience. Elton played nightly through August 30.
The photo used for the Honky Chateau album cover was taken backstage on this night.
During his first U.S. tour Elton John opened for Leon Russell and later cited him as an inspiration.
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