An Elton Dan show pays tribute to one of the all-time greatest artists ever: ELTON JOHN. Elton Dan’s rapport and stage presence is second to none and his magical piano playing has a way of engaging you in the full ELTON experience. Before you know it, you’re captivated by his incredible band including backup singers, and thrilled with the over the top costumes and high energy performances just like ELTON in days past. Elton Dan has performed for gatherings of 8,000 plus but gives each listener the feeling that they are sharing the intimate emotions of the much loved music with just them. For more information, check out Elton Dan on Facebook.
Dan is the lead singer of Elton Dan & the Rocket Band. He has been playing the piano since he was 10 years old. His first concert he attended was the Orange County Symphony, but the concert that made an impression on him was seeing Elton John live at Caesar’s Palace and seeing Paul McCartney at Arrow Head Stadium. From childhood, Dan’s hero in music was Elton John for both the wonderful music he made and the humanitarian contributions the band honored. Dan has persisted in keeping the same traditions in the band he created to honor his music hero Elton John and the legacy and culture of what the Elton John Band stands for.
Today, Elton Dan and the Rocket Band play songs for 7 of the Elton John Albums, including crowd favorites “Amorrena”, “Funeral for a Friend”, “Bennie and the Jets”, “Bitch is Back”, “Sweet Painted Lady”, “Pinball Wizard”, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, and “Levon”. Dan has seen Elton John in concert 8 times to honor the rock legend.
Dan’s hobbies include watching his favorite Soccer team, Manchester United, sipping on his favorite cocktail, an Old Fashion, Traveling, his Trio, Fine Wine, and Salt Water Fishing. The keyboard used by Elton Dan and the Rocket Band is the Nord EX2 Stage Piano.
Dean Christopher is a multi-instrumentalist and a singer/songwriter. He was born and raised by a first-generation Italian family in a town very close to New York City. He started playing piano at 9 years old. He accelerated through the basics with private lessons and then studied classical music. By the age of 13 years old he was performing recitals for the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) organization that recognizes young talent. Soon after he became inspired by rock music, took up electric guitar and knew music was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He has since become an accomplished bass player as well.
He had an original band all through high school and college and kept writing songs honing his skill. In his early 20’s he was invited to play with a classic rock band called The Good Rats who at one time had been signed to Warner Brothers. For 4 years they travelled all over the north east Tri-State area playing shows 3 – 4 nights a week. It was a great experience that gave him the jump off point to put out his own albums and start his own career. He most recent release is called ‘Mutton Chops’ where he wrote all music and lyrics, sings all lead and backup vocals and plays all instruments including drums. It is available on Amazon.com and on Apple iTunes.
Currently living in Kansas City, he has also jumped into the Tribute band scene and sings in a Led Zeppelin tribute band. This is how he met Elton Dan. Dean loves Elton John’s music and he was very impressed by Elton Dan’s recreation of it. Dean was thrilled to join the team as the synth/keyboardist and there’s been no looking back. On stage Dean is a captivating performer who wears his emotions on his sleeve and pushes himself to the edge. He is also known for wearing flashy shirts which works well in an Elton John tribute show. He continues to pursue the most attention to detail to give the audience the best Elton John experience possible.
Wes Faulconer is a Kansas City native and has been playing drums and percussion since age 13. Wes graduated from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and founded Explorers Percussion in 1984. Since that time he has played in numerous original and cover bands and done theater work utilizing both drum set and percussion. Recent performances include: Hand percussion with Barry Cohen & Destiny, sit ins on djembe with Tool, drum set with Jessica Meuse ( American Idol) The Nightcrawlers and most recently Salted Blue. In his spare time Wes enjoys motorcyles, fast cars and loves adding percussion to the Elton Dan Band!
Paul graduated from the Musicians’s Institue in 1993. He has toured around the world and all over the United States. Paul has worked as a studio musician in Los Angeles. Paul is truly outanding and can every kind of music from Rock to Reggae! However, one of his most proud moments was being a part of the Armed Forces Entertainment tour in 2010. Supporting our troups in Kuwaite & Iraq with Phil Vandel.
C.J. hails from mid Missouri. He has been playing guitar since the age of 14 and is influenced by a wide varity of musical styles. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. His style is a blended influence of rock, jazz, funk, and blues. He is member of the American Society of Composers Authors & Publishers. C.J.’s attraction to Elton John’s music started while lying in the back seat window area of the family car in the early 70’s. When he heard the captivation style of Elton John with Davey Johnstone on Guitar he was hooked! With over 2000 live gigs to his credit and two albums, he delivers a powerful live performance channeling Davy Johnstone’s distinctive style.
William "Bill" Graham
William “Billy” Graham has been playing drums most of his life. It started in Junior High and continued to college where he received a scholarship to Missouri Western University. He has performed for years in the Kansas City music scene. Graham has continued his connection by providing lessions to young drummers following in his tracks. He spends time writing and recording drum solos for all ages of drummers when not traveling with the Rocket band.
Karen has been performing with her sisters since age 9! She grew up in a family with an affinity for classic country music. When the Sonny and Cher variety show as aired, Karen was so excited to hear another style of music, she sat in front of the TV daring anyone to change the channel! Her love of music continued on through high school when she learned to play piano and trombone. Later she sang with the Capitol City Symphony Choir in addition to delivering singing telegrams and performing for weddings. Karen began singing with her first band in 1988. She continued to perform with duos and bands throughout the country including acts located in Texas, Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri. She most recently fronted an all 80s pop band and a tribute to Heart & Pat Benatar. Karen currently provides background vocals and harmony for Elton Dan & The Rocket Band.
Karen also performs as Cher in the group Cher-ished which began in 2007. Fans are astonished at Karens vocal & visual likeness to the living legend, Cher! Performing as Cher, she has shared the stage with legends such as The Drifters and tributes to Elton John, Michael Jackson, Elvis, Rod Stewart & Stevie Nicks. Karen & Elton Dan meeting ignited the idea of Elton Dan & Cher-ished performing together. There is a good chance that Cher-ished will make an appearance at an Elton Dan show. Her Costumes & vocals will have you believing you are seeing the real “Cher” on stage!
Chelsy Larson studied vocal performance at Bethel College. Chelsy’s vocal versatility ranges from fronting rock, country and blues cover bands, to collaborative composition in her jazz/pop fusion original band, Clowder, to performing in musical theater, all the way to singing classical soprano in operas. Chelsy enjoys the opportunity the tribute bands, Elton Dan and the Rocket Band and Gypsies Doves and Dreams, offer to build complex 3 and 4 part harmony singing, as well as the enjoyment of performing the incredible catalogues of both Elton John and Stevie Nicks.