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Elton John Band Members at Elton John Expo with Ben Babylon

Published: Thursday, November 28th, 2013

 

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The Elton John Band Members at the Elton Expo

 

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The Elton John Band Members in attendance during The Ben Babylon Band performance were Davey Johnstone — Musical Director, Guitars, Mandolin, Banjo, Vocals, Kim Bullard — Keyboards, Matt Bissonette — Bass Guitar, Vocals, John Mahon — Percussion, Drums, Vocals, and Nigel Olsson — Drums, Vocals.

 

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Kim Bullard onstage with The Elton John Band

Kim Bullard onstage with The Elton John Band

Nigel Olsson in Las Vegas for The Red Piano, 2008

Nigel Olsson in Las Vegas for The Red Piano, 2008


Davey Johnstone onstage with the Elton John Band

Davey Johnstone onstage with the Elton John Band

John Mahon in Las Vegas for The Red Piano, 2008

John Mahon in Las Vegas for The Red Piano, 2008


Matt Bissonette 2012

Matt Bissonette 2012

 

Also performing with an unique and enjoyable sound was The Johnstone Band, consisting of Davey Johnstone and his sons Charlie on keyboard, Jesse on guitar, and Tam on drums.

Charlie, Davey and Jesse of The Johnstone Band

Charlie, Davey and Jesse of The Johnstone Band


Jesse Johnstone

Jesse Johnstone

 

 


 

Elton John Band Members Rock Stage with Ben Babylon
Ben Babylon, the 15-year-old son of the late Guy Babylon, who was Elton John’s Grammy-winning keyboardist and arranger, was one of the special guests who performed at The Elton Expo in Las Vegas in October 2013. Two members of the Elton John Band, guitarist Davey Johnstone and percussionist John Mahon, sat in with Babylon at the Expo during the performance of Ben’s song,”Burning Man.”

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Charlie Johnstone, Davey Johnstone, and Ben Babylon

Charlie Johnstone, Davey Johnstone, and Ben Babylon

 

Babylon’s father, Guy Babylon, was a member of the Elton John Band for 21 years. When Guy passed away in 2009, Elton eulogized him as “one of the most brilliant musicians” he had ever known.

Guy Babylon

Guy Babylon


east end lights re passing of Guy Babylon signed by band members

east end lights re passing of Guy Babylon signed by Elton John Band Members

 

The younger Babylon, Ben, has remained close to Elton and his musicians, and is now working on an album of his own songs, with help from some of the Elton John Band Members.

“It was very exciting to perform at the Elton John Expo,” said Ben Babylon, an award-winning pianist who grew up around the Elton John Band. “Elton has influenced my music more than almost anybody else. You can find his influence in almost everything in the modern piano rock/pop genre, if you really listen.”

 

Ben Babylon is currently working on his first album of original songs in collaboration with several members of the Elton John Band, and his own band. The album’s first single, “CONTRADICTION” is available on iTunes featuring the Elton John Band. Also Ben’s new single “BURNING MAN” featuring the Ben Babylon Band and John Mahon on percussion, from the Elton John band, has just been released and is available on iTunes too.

Burning Man

Burning Man

 

The Ben Babylon Band consisted of Alex Arnaout (bass/background vocals), Ben Babylon (keyboards/lead vocals), Jagger Krusen (drums/background vocals), and Brian Schwartz (guitar).

Ben Babylon

Ben Babylon


Jagger Krusen, Drummer

Jagger Krusen

Alex Arnaout

Alex Arnaout


Brian Schwartz

Brian Schwartz

 

The Elton Expo was a three-day fan fest featuring musical performances and panel discussions by artists who have worked with Elton John, including members of his current band, and a silent auction to benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation. Fans had an opportunity to sell and purchase Elton John collectibles.

 

Promoter of The Elton Expo and publisher of east end lights, an Elton John Fan Magazine, Kevin Bell, says,”The thing I enjoy most about Elton Expo is meeting other fans who are as passionate as I am about the man and the music.” “These are people who know every detail about Elton, (lyricist) Bernie Taupin, and the band. Elton and Bernie have written the soundtracks of their lives, and the fans want to know more about them.

east end lights signed by Elton Band Members

east end lights signed by Elton Band Members

 

Bell, who has been organizing The Elton Expo since 2006, said this year’s lineup was the best ever. Guests included The Elton John Band, Ben Babylon Band, Elton Rohn (EJ tribute band), Keith Hayward, author of “Tin Pan Alley-The Rise of Elton John,” Record producer Matt Still (“Captain and the Kid,” “Peachtree Road”), a “Behind The Music” panel discussion with Elton?s crew members, and several relatives and friends of Elton and his band.

Elton Rohn

Elton Rohn

Matt Still

Matt Still


The Davey Johnstone Family

The Davey Johnstone Family

 

John Mahon

John Mahon at Elton Expo

 

“It is very special to see Guy’s son so determined about music,” John Mahon said. “Ben is obviously blessed with talent and already writing good songs.”
Mahon enjoyed meeting fans at the Expo because they often give him a different perspective on the music he has spent years performing.
“Fans from outside the USA have way different musical tastes, and Elton songs that are popular in America are not necessarily hits in other parts of the world,” Mahon said. “Someone might ask me specifics about a percussion instrument that I’m playing on a particular song. I didn’t know they were listening that close!”

John Mahon and producer Pepper Jay

John Mahon and producer Pepper Jay


Nigel Olsson at Elton Expo

Nigel Olsson at Elton Expo


Matt Bissonette at Elton Expo

Matt Bissonette at Elton Expo

 

The Elton Expo took place October 4-6, 2013, at the Tuscany Suites Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. The after-party concert by the Ben Babylon Band and the Elton Rohn (tribute band) took place at the Hard Rock Cafe.

 

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Thank you from Pepper Jay to my favorite public relations guru Fred Anderson!

 

Thank you to east end lights magazine The best place for Elton John Fans!

 

Thank you to the unofficial Elton John Fan Club for the mention EltonFan.net and for the link to this Actors Reporter page.

 

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2 Responses to “Elton John Band Members at Elton John Expo with Ben Babylon”

  1. grisolia says:

    Great Elton John reportage! Pepper this is very interesting from many viewpoints…and GREAT photographs too – are these more great work from the Ferrari of Photographers?

    Love all the band members, the Expo sounds great, the Hard Rock show, just got back from the Hard Rock and the Tuscany over Thanksgiving and my birthday!

    At the Liberace exhibit in the newest casino/hotel on the strip, I played his be-jeweled piano and sang started with Rocket Man (Elton’s first US No.1 and then Piano Man (Billy Joel’s 1st No. 1)

    we got some video which we hope to share with the Actor’s team!

    Keep bringing this quality reportage to the virtual world!

  2. admin says:

    Thx for comment William. Pls send me video via hightail.com and I will add to story page if I can. Include text describing video when you send. Happy New Year! Pepper Jay

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