Those attending Elton Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, will get a special treat when the Rocket Man’s lead guitarist, Davey Johnstone, joins the Ben Babylon Band on stage, for at least one song. Percussionist John Mahon will also perform.
Ben, the son of Elton’s late keyboard player and arranger, Guy Babylon, is scheduled to do two concerts with his band at the Expo, which runs October 4-6. The event will be especially meaningful to Ben, who remembers attending several of his father’s concerts with the Elton John Band in Vegas.
“In a way, this is a tribute to my dad,” the teenager says. “Davey and John were good friends with him. I grew up watching them play and admiring them. It’s surreal to think that they have agreed to perform with me, at a concert.”
Davey and John are among Elton’s band members performing on Ben's album, which is expected to be released in 2014. Meanwhile, Ben plans to release an EP, titled Further Interpretations of Real Life, available exclusively to those in attendance at Elton Expo. One song, Contradiction, is already available on iTunes. Some tracks on the EP were mixed by his uncle, Grammy-winning jazz musician and producer Paul Brown.
The Ben Babylon Band is comprised of Ben on keyboard and lead vocals, Brian Schwartz on guitar, Alex Arnaout on bass and background vocals, and Jagger Krusen on drums.
In addition to performances by Babylon's aggregation, Elton Expo 2013 will include panel discussions by members of the Elton John Band and other EJ associates, producer Matt Still (Peachtree Road, The Captain and the Kid), and after-party at the Hard Rock Café with the acclaimed tribute band Elton Rohn.
The Expo is a production of the East End Lights fanzine. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit www.EastEndLightsmagazine.com.