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.
Lead SingerDan 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.
Kim Osborne and Dan Gasser have been performing together for many years. Their musical journey first began with their trio “Kim and the Gas Men” and more recently, with their tribute projects “Elton Dan and the Rocket Band”, “Gypsies, Doves and Dreams: A Tribute to the Music of Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac” and their newest project “Elton Dan’s Rocket Fuel”. Kim is a Kansas City, MO native. She has been featured in many popular local variety and tribute bands. Kim takes pride in creating beautiful and complex harmonies that add authenticity and excitement to the extensive catalog of Elton John originals that the band performs. Honoring the music of Elton John and Stevie Nicks is what Kim does best in performing. Her love of music and her passion for sharing it, is what Kim hopes to share as she performs.
VocalsChelsy 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.
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.
I grew up as a huge Elton John fan even trying to dress like him and sing his songs in front of my parents console stereo/8 track. Then I took up the drums and started learning to play his songs. His long time drummer Nigel Olson was and still is a huge inspiration. His playing is so dynamic and sometimes so subdued that you really have to listen to the tracks multiple times to figure out exactly what he is playing. Many drummers overlook this and ultimately do not cover the songs correctly. He is a ture original.
I started playing at the age of 13 and played in bars when I was still in high school, of course using a note from my parents allowing me to do so lol. I moved to Nashville in 1983 after our band won a competition at Worlds of Fun and got an expense paid trip and a spot on the television show called “You Can Be Star” hosted by Jim Ed Brown which was was the precursor show to “Star Search”. While there, our band was signed on to be a temporary fill-in band for Berty Higgins who penned the mega hit “Sailing Away To Key Largo”. We also were contacted by Dolly Partons’ sister Stella, and were slated to perform the leg of her New Zealand tour.
I still have contacts in Nashville and took a trip back there a couple of years ago. I was unexpectedly asked to play a section of a song being recorded by an up & coming band by Dolly Parton’s producer/guitarist in their recording studio. I had not played in several years but once I got behind the kit it was “one-and-done” – What a trip!
I’m super excited to currently be playing in Elton Dan and the Rocket Band and being able to perform the songs I loved from my childhood. Rock on!
Joseph Voye III grew up a huge fan of Elton John, and early on decided he wanted to make a career of playing his music. Many nights were spent in the garage singing Rocket Man into a screwdriver or hammer. During those evening performances it became quickly apparent that there was very little in the way of vocal talent, so another course had to be taken. Percussion! Ray Cooper always had style, a flair for the dramatic (fantastic wardrobe!) and was an incredible player. It only made sense for Joe to go down this road, as his main talent was always hitting things and performing interpretative dance.
So Joe started practicing his tambourine, conga, marimba and drum set so that he could be accepted into the Ball State School of Music. Upon completion of his Percussion Performance Degree, Joe moved to Kansas City to attend the Conservatory of Music at UMKC. While living in Kansas City Joe played in many different bands, performing all over the world. From every corner of the US to many different stops in Europe, to a little dive in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, where fate would finally introduce Joe Voye to Dan Gasser.
It wasn’t long after meeting that they learned they were kindred spirits. Fun loving, somewhat twisted and a desire to honor the music of the venerable, Elton John. Keep an eye on the calendar to see where the band is playing. You never know what new outfit Joe might be wearing, or if he will stage dive that night…
Terry Lee hails from northern Illinois. He started playing guitar at the age of 14. He loves all kinds of music and has dedicated his life to it. Terry sports a spot on looks and sound of Davey Johnstone who is the long time Elton John guitarist. He even has Davey’s moves on stage. He loves Elton John and his amazing music. His passion runs deep for Elton and Davey and Terry feels strongly that to be a part of this terrific tribute is a blessing.
Terry has toured for years with Jimmie Van Zandt of Lynrd Skynrd fame. He also has been in other national tribute acts like the Silver Bullet Band and Paradise City which were tributes to Bob Seeger and Guns and Roses respectively.
Bass PlayerMike has been playing bass professionally for 35 years. He and Dan have known each other for over 25 years. Mike saw Elton John live at the Starlight Theater in 1982 for a truly memorable concert. The bass player Dee Murray made such an impression on him, where he immediately felt that Murray was “One-of-a-Kind”. Mike’s influences stem from his love of 60’s and 70’s rock, especially Elton John and the Beatles. Mike loves performing with Elton Dan and the Rocket Band and says [about his band mates], “I’m finally getting the chance to perform these incredible songs with a group of great people who are top notch musicians.”
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!