Friday, July 3, 2015

Elton John: Someone Saved My Life Tonight (1980)

Elton John performs “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” at New York City’s Central Park in 1980. The band is as follows: Elton John (piano and lead vocals); Tim Renwick (guitar and vocals); Richard Zito (guitar and vocals); James Newton Howard (keyboards and vocals); Dee Murray (bass) and Nigel Olsson (drums and lead vocals on “Saturday Night” & “All I Want Is You”). An estimated 400,000 were present on the Great Lawn for the free show. (Concerts at Central Park have a long tradition, dating to the mid-19th century, says NYC Parks.)

Here is the set list for the Elton John show of September 13, 1980:
  1. Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding 
  2. Tiny Dancer 
  3. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 
  4. All the Girls Love Alice 
  5. Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time) 
  6. Sartorial Eloquence 
  7. Philadelphia Freedom (Elton John Band song)
  8. Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word 
  9. Saturday Night (Nigel Olsson cover)
  10. All I Want Is You (Nigel Olsson cover)
  11. Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting 
  12. Harmony 
  13. White Lady White Powder 
  14. Little Jeannie 
  15. Bennie and the Jets 
  16. Imagine (John Lennon cover)
  17. Ego 
  18. Have Mercy on the Criminal 
  19. Someone Saved My Life Tonight 
  20. Your Song 
  21. Bite Your Lip (Get Up and Dance!) 
  22. Good Golly Miss Molly (Little Richard cover)
Many of us can recall moments when someone did something, some action, some kind gesture, some noble act to “save” you from a certain misfortune that you were then unaware of; this is the central meaning of this song. This is the essence of friendship. Nothing more to add.