Few musicians have had more success getting on the radio than Elton John. Over the course of 50-plus years and 30-plus studio albums, he and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin have charted 62 top 40 hit singles, including at least one every year from 1970 to 1996.
On the evening of Saturday, Jan. 21, that endless string of hits will be celebrated during “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: An East Nashville Revue of Elton John” at The Basement East.
Presented by The East Nashvillian along with The Tennessee Help, a band of local musicians including Philip Creamer, Tim Jones, and Chase McGillis, the event was born soley out of Elton John enthusiasm and affection for the venue.
“We had organized a couple different tributes at The Basement East in 2016 and been involved with some of the others that happened there last year. They’ve been a great outlet for us and our friends to jam when we’re all in town,” says McGillis. “Elton John and Bernie Taupin are such prolific writers of hit songs that are fun to play that it made sense to revue their work. He also happens to be one of my favorite artists.”
Likeminded concert goers will hear members of The Tennessee Help, plus Reuben Bidez, Ruby Boots, Jaida Dreyer, Colin Elmore, Shelly Fairchild, Josh Hedley, Jillette Johnson, Joel King, Jon Latham, Becca Mancari, Laura Mayo, Dean Moore, Josh Okeefe, Leroy Powell, Allen Thompson, Vandarian, and special guests perform John’s hits as well as his earlier work from albums like Tumbleweed Connection and the self-titled Elton John.
“There is such a rich network of world-class musicians in Nashville that all we had to do was start contacting friends,” McGillis says of organizing the talent. “We just contacted them and had more than enough to get on stage and sing for the cause.”
Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. They can be purchased online or won through our giveaway.
Proceeds raised by ticket sales will benefit the Tennessee Equality Project, which advances legislation and education to promote equality and inclusion for LGBT people.
“It was a great cause that all parties involved were willing to get behind,” says McGillis. “I like to think that Elton John would approve.”