Burt Bacharach

Burt Bacharach at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

Songwriting legend Burt Bacharach played the Saban Theatre on Dec. 13. For over 60 years, Bacharach has been writing iconic songs that have been recorded by over 1,000 various artists. Bacharach wrote over 70 Top 40 US hits and worked with many stars like Dionne Warwick, Tom Jones, and B.J. Thomas. Sixty-two years ago, Bacharach met songwriter Hal David at the Brill Building and the two formed a life-long friendship and songwriting duo until David passed away in 2012. Bacharach is the true definition of a living legend and one of the most important writers in popular music.

At 91, Bacharach continues to share the classic songs he wrote and each one brings tears as you’re seeing the man who wrote so many songs that are a part of our everyday lives. Bacharach played piano and sang a few songs while his incredible three vocalists traded off lead vocals most of the show. Bacharach opened with “What the World Needs Now Is Love” which after 50+ years, relates to modern times with all the recent tragedies in the US. Bacharach played 20 songs plus two medleys, the first being a tribute to David.

Between songs, Bacharach shared stories about writing. Bacharach closed the show with “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” which was written for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that song and iconic film. Bacharach performed for over two hours and it was a very memorable show.

SETLIST

  1. What the World Needs Now Is Love

  2. Don't Make Me Over / Walk On By / This Guy's in Love With You / I Say a Little Prayer / Trains and Boats and Planes / Wishin' & Hopin' / (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me

  3. Do You Know the Way to San Jose- Dionne Warwick

  4. Anyone Who Had a Heart

  5. Something Big

  6. Falling Out of Love

  7. I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself

  8. Mexican Divorce

  9. Magic Moments- Perry Como

  10. I'll Never Fall in Love Again

  11. Make It Easy on Yourself

  12. On My Own- Patti Labelle

  13. Bridges

  14. Blanket Capes

  15. Live to See Another Day

  16. Any Day Now

  17. (They Long to Be) Close to You

  18. The Look of Love / Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) / What's New Pussycat? / The World Is a Circle / The April Fools / Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head / The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance / Making Love / Wives & Lovers / Alfie

  19. A House Is Not a Home

  20. That's What Friends Are For- Rod Stewart

  21. The Bell That Couldn't Jingle

  22. Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head