A New Member is Announced For Elton's Band--
September 2012 @ 15:51
After the death last month of Bob Birch, the long-time bass player for Elton's band, a search was started for a replacement. Yesterday the group revealed that Matt Bissonette, a friend of band music director Davey Johnstone, would take over the spot.
Bissonette has played the bass since he was 12 and, while still in school, played gigs with the likes of the Kingston Trio and the Ink Spots. His first long-term job was with the Maynard Ferguson band in 1981 and he would go on to tour with Sheena Easton, Christopher Cross, Brian Wilson, and David Lee Roth, among others.
The Michigan native addressed the difficulty of replacing Birch, who he was also friends with, in the band.
''You can never take a guy like BobBirch's place in a band. I would love to honour Bob on this Elton tour and while playing all these great songs remember how great he was, as a bass player and all-round musician. But its ten times more important to remember what a fantastic human he was, and is. Here's to you, Bob.''