Kenny Passarelli on The Famous Summer of 75 Wembley Show

Kenny Passarelli on The Famous Summer of 75 Wembley Show

It was billed, “Midsummer Music” at Wembley Stadium, June 21 1975. Elton John was the biggest artist on the planet – the height of his existence musically. Just three weeks earlier had released his groundbreaking “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” considered by some fans as the best album in his collection. The problem was, at this show, most of the audience did not completely know the album yet. In fact the first single – the only hit from the album, “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” would not be released for 2 more days but it was the very first album to ever enter at #1 on the Billboard album chart. Maybe that’s one of the reasons Elton decided to play the album in it’s entirety to a crowd that had already been standing experienced a few shows that day Rufus with Chaka Khan, Joe Walsh, The Eagles and The Beach Boys who kind of blew Elton out of the water.

Elton’s bassist, at the time, Kenny Passarelli looks back at the live release from that 1975 show.

That show included Donny Gerrard with Brian and Brenda Russell on background vocals who were especially awesome on “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” and “Tell Me When the Whistle Blows.”

There were 100 thousand folks there that day. Interestingly Elton and the band also played a tune that would not be released until October 1976 and the Blue Moves album – “Chameleon.” – by John Beaudin

Donny Gerrard – backing vocals

Brian Russell – backing vocals

Brenda Russell – backing vocals

Live from “Midsummer Music” at Wembley Stadium, 21 June 1975

Funeral for a Friend/Love lies Bleeding

Rocket Man

Candle in the Wind

The Bitch is Back

Dixie Lily

Philadelphia Freedom


Bennie and the Jets

Lucy in the sky with Diamonds

I Saw Her Standing There

Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy

Tower Of Babel

Bitter Fingers

Tell Me When The Whistle Blows

Someone Saved My Life Tonight

(Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket

Better Off Dead


We All Fall In Love Sometimes


Pinball Wizard

Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)