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Interview mit John Jorgenson vom 21. September 2012
we like to talk with you about your time in the Elton John Band. Here are our
John Jorgenson: Elton heard me
with the Desert Rose Band in 1988, and when needing an extra guitarist who could
sing harmony vocals remembered me and called me himself in 1994 to ask me to
join for the Made in England tour.
I think I played about 300
shows, more or less. It was from 1995-2001, so pretty much all of the shows
aside from his solo shows I would have played.
used to love playing "Grey Seal".
would be open to it, depending on schedule and other circumstances.
The concerts immediately following Princess Diana's funeral were
particularly intense, moving and emotional because the crowds were so
appreciative and sincere. Also the first Hollywood Bowl concert, as I grew up in
Southern California and all my friends and family were there too.
Yes, everyone in my family plays instruments and sings.
My first pop music concert was the Beach Boys in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in 1968.
They were fantastic!
I'm not sure I ever knew that growing up, but I always knew that I wanted to
play music and perform as much as possible and would do whatever it took to
achieve that goal.
I might have gone into acting, or worked with animals or something in the
I don't recall ever hearing Elton play guitar except once onstage
in 1988 on the song "Love Song" and he was mixed in with 3 other guitars, so I
couldn't really pick his part out. I don't think he would consider himself a
Elton and I are in contact from tine to time but not on any regular basis. In
private he is very witty and quite fun, and also generous.
I started first on the piano when I was 5 years old, then
clarinet at 8 and guitar at 11.
I knew Bob very well as we spent years together on the road. We
were very close and many people thought we were brothers as we looked quite
similar onstage. Bob was very helpful, an excellent musician and had a dry sence
of humour. He was a great guy and I miss him.
was a thrill to play with Johnny Cash, and especially when he spoke to me
between takes it was amazing to hear that iconic voice speaking directly to me!
John Jorgenson: I'm glad that you enjoyed the pedal steel playing, it was fun for me to do it. I wouldn't be surprised if I ended up doing something with Elton again, either live or in the studio as i've been "back" 3 or 4 times since ending my tenure in 2001. Unlike some
other former band members there is no animosity or baggage between me and Elton, so if he needs me and I'm available I will always help out.