Forty-five years ago today Elton john performed the second of two historic concerts at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Looking back on those shows – the biggest gigs ever performed by a solo artist at this time – Elton says what he remembers most was the enthusiasm of the fans.
The shows, on October 25 and 26, drew some 110,000 fans. “My fondest memory was the electricity of the crowd. The energy was palpable – you could feel it vibrating from your feet!” Elton tells ABC Audio.
For his performance, Elton wore a now iconic LA Dodgers uniform covered in sparks from head to toe. It was designed by the legendary Bob mackie, which created most of the Expensiveoutrageous looks.
Elton says: “Be the first [solo] artist to perform at Dodger Stadium, Bob and I wanted to make a big statement while paying homage to America’s favorite pastime. “
“I said, ‘Let’s take the baseball uniform and make it fabulous,” he continues. “Then Bob came back with something that was beyond my wildest imagination! It was amazing! “
The outfit is so iconic, in fact, that in 2018, Harry Styles wore it for Halloween. Elton’s reaction? He told ABC Audio, “I am flattered and honored to inspire all fans and love to see fans appreciate him as much as I do.”
As previously reported, a new Elton John Barbie doll has been created to commemorate these shows at Dodger Stadium. The Barbie wears some of Elton’s craziest fashions of the ’70s: sparkly rose-colored glasses, a bowler hat, flared jeans and rainbow platform boots.
“The 70s were one of the most stylish decades of all time!” Elton talks about Barbie’s outfit. “I wanted to capture the essence and meaning of what ’70s fashion was: radical self-expression and glamor. Head to toe – she looks like a rock star.”
By Andrea Dresdale
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