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Interview mit David Paton, Bassist der Elton John Band in den Jahren 1985 - 1988, vom 9. Oktober 2012
eltonjohhnfan.de: How did you come to join the Elton John Band?
David: I did a lot of session work throughout the 80s. I
received a call asking me if I was available for a session, I was given the
dates the start time and the studio location. At the end of the call I realized
I had not been told who the artist was, I had to ask. I was very excited to be
working with Elton as I was a big fan of his music, I’d had a dream about him
that very same week so I was surprised to receive the call. It wasn’t until I
was invited along to a playback of the album that Elton asked if I would like to
join the band. He was very sweet about it and asked my wife and I join him in a
private room for a chat. He wanted to let her know that we’d be touring for
about a year and would she be OK with that.
David: There was over 100 shows all of them were
wonderful. It’s not easy to pick a favorite song, I enjoyed Rocket man because
of the improvisation that went on during the song, but that’s very self
David: I’m still on the Christmas card list but other than
that, no contact..
David: Yes I would agree. I said no back in the late 80s
after the world tour, but maybe that was a wrong decision, no regrets though. I
said yes in 1996 when Bob Birch had his accident, that was one of my better
decisions and it helped get me out of a situation I was desperate to get out of.
That decision helped lead me to where I am now which is a very happy place to
David: A Pilot (ha ha), a hospital worker, hey!!!! I do
have a normal job, I’m a musician........
David: Elton is very quick in the studio, he’ll give a
song two takes then wants to get on to the next song. Two takes and the drums
had to be right, we could then overdub or repair any of the other instruments,
and yes, the bass would need fixing sometimes too. The first time I met with
Elton was on the Ice on fire album. We were leaning on the drum both chatting to
Dave Mattocks. I went over to tune my fretless bass and as I did so Elton sat
down at the piano and started to play chords to a song I didn’t know. I played
along with him and after 20minutes or so he said “ that’s the first song we’re
going to record, it’s called Nikita”. We were joined by Davey Johnstone, Fred
Mandel and Nick Kershaw who Elton had Nicknamed Nikita Kershaw. Sorry about the
long answers Ralf, I have so many memories. Another time when we were working in
Air studios London I arrived at the studio early Elton (as usual) was already at
the piano in the studio. He saw me arrive and waved at me to join him in the
studio. He was excited, he was writing “Poor cow” and wanted to know my
thoughts. I was amazed at Elton’s writing and loved the song. He needed another
verse of lyrics and walked into the control room and asked someone to call
Bernie. He took the call and I heard him tell Bernie he needed another verse of
lyric.....Next thing, Elton said was “pen, pen, pen.....Bernie dictated another
verse to him over the phone there and then....
David: I only met him briefly. I found him quiet,
reserved and a very cool guy.
David: Live aid. It was just the most wonderful concert I
have ever performed at. The line up of artists was incredible and the back stage
atmosphere was electric. It was one of the most fantastic things I have
experienced as a musician.
David: My father was a singer, it was mainly Scottish
songs he’d sing but he loved his Opera. he introduced me to Puccini. My mother
was a dancer, my sister can’t sing or dance for toffee, but it doesn’t stop her
David: The first memorable concert was watching Free
perform in Edinburgh. I loved their music and formed my own band to play Free
songs, ha ha, we didn’t get many gigs.
David: I picked up my first guitar when I was 11-years-old. I’d been on a family holiday in San Sebastian, in Spain. One big impression left on me and a kind of awakening, was seeing a Spanish boy about my age playing a guitar. He was sitting on a window-sill and I sat on the pavement watching and listening to this beautiful sound. I pestered my parents to buy me a guitar until they relented. It was placed in a cardboard box for the journey back to Edinburgh and amazingly emerged on the airport conveyor belt without a scratch. I sat for months learning how to play from the guitar tutors, and any kind of tablature I could get my hands on: ‘The Big Rock Candy Mountain,’ ‘It’s a Long, Long Road A-winding,’ and ‘On Top of old Smokey’ being just a few of the titles I practised back then. I’m a self taught reader and enjoy playing classical guitar.
David: I never met Bob I know Elton treated him like one
of his family, Elton treats his band very well.
David: I met Dee at Air studios in London. He was invited
to sing backing vocals on one of the album tracks. He made it clear to me that
he wanted his job back with Elton and asked me if I wanted to take on a bet that
he would be taking my place. It didn’t bother me because I knew Elton was happy
with me and wouldn’t replace me. I can’t blame Dee for not being too friendly
towards me, it was understandable.
David: I received a call from Renate one morning. We were
in New York 1986 I think. I’d videoed most of the world tour and Elton was OK
about it. She asked me to bring my video camera upstairs to Elton’s apartment. I
arrived at the apartment to find Elton dressed as Harpo Marx, complete with
Claxon, wig and trench coat. He also had an etch-a-sketch pad. He wrote on it
“I’ve lost my voice, had to cancel Madison Square Garden. He then asked me to
follow him. He knocked on several hotel room doors and hooted the claxon every
time a door was opened. After that we went back to Elton’s apartment and I
mentioned how fantastic it was. He wrote on the pad “follow me”. We walked to
another room and there was an elevator that went up onto the roof. It was a
memorable time for me being with Elton high above New York and Elton pointing
out all the land marks and writing them down on the pad. I still have the videos
and they are treasured and guarded possessions
David: I play piano and guitar. I enjoy gigging with bands as a guitarist as well as a bass player. My biggest passion is writing music.