Breaking Developments About The Upcoming Elton Expo.
Ben Babylon plans to preview his forthcoming album Dreams for Sale by releasing an EP version for the first time at Elton Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is scheduled October 4-6.
The son of Elton's late keyboardist and arranger is among special guests who are slated to appear at the fan festival. Accompanied by his group, Ben will perform at the Expo on October 5 and 6, with at least one member of the Elton John Band, percussionist John Mahon, sitting in during one of the shows.
The EP is comprised of original songs, including the already-released single Contradiction, which features Elton's bandmates, guitarist Davey Johnstone, drummer Nigel Olsson, and the late Bob Birch on bass. That track, which also features cellist Martin Tillman, was produced by Jesse Johnstone, Davey's son, and Greg Penny, who produced Elton's Made in England LP. Some background vocals on other tracks are provided by Ken Stacey, who has worked with Elton, Bette Midler, and many others.
"My music could be classified as alternative rock, but I think you hear the influences of Elton and other classic rock artists and, of course, my dad," Babylon said.
Ben and his mother, songwriter Kathy Brown-Babylon, have remained close to Elton and his band. The Ben Babylon Band performs throughout Southern California, and has opened for such well-known artists as Little River Band, Ambrosia and Air Supply. In addition to performing with his own group during Elton Expo, Babylon will sit in with Elton Rohn, a renowned EJ impersonator, during a tribute show at the Hard Rock Café in Las Vegas.
"I am looking forward to performing at the Elton Expo," the young entertainer stated. "It is an enormous opportunity for the band and me."
As noted previously at this Web site, the Expo will include panel discussions by members of the Elton John Band, record producer Matt Still (The Captain and the Kid, Peachtree Road), author Keith Hayward (Tin Pan Alley: The Rise of Elton John) and other associates and relatives of Elton.