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Interview mit Kim Bullard, Keyboarder der Elton
John Band, vom 19. November 2014
Kurz vor den nächsten vier Konzerten n Deutschland konnten wir
in kleines Interview mit Kim Bullard machen. Hier könnt Ihr unter anderem
nachlesen wie Kim Mitglied der Elton John Band wurde, was er ganz besonders an
Deutschland mag und warum Eiswürfel genau so gut fliegen können wie Hähnchen.
Foto: Webmaster Ralf und
Interviewpartner im Bullard
eltonjohn-fan.de: Hello Kim,
you are five years in the Elton John Band and you played round about 500 shows
with Elton. Is there a Special Concert you will always have to think of?
Kim Bullard: The Queens Jubilee... mostly because I saw the sense of national
pride coming from Elton himself, and from the audience for Elton.
And it was spectacular to walk up and down the hallway of the dressing rooms and
have the opportunity to chat with Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Annie Lennox,
Tom Jones, and so many others. The Royal family had us over for a private
reception in Buckingham Palace after the show. You just don’t get to do that
eltonjohn-fan.de: How did you come to join the Elton John Band in
Kim Bullard: After the untimely passing of Guy Babylon, the Elton John
band was looking for a keyboardist, and my name came up to them through mutual
friends. My phone rang a few days later, and the caller i.d. said “Johnstone.”
Of course, everyone, including myself, knows and loves Davey Johnstone, so I
knew who was on the phone before I said hello. He explained what was happening,
and I let him know that I would do anything I could to help out, and we just
took it from there.
eltonjohn-fan.de: Kim, how did Elton take notice of you and how was
your first meeting with him?
Bullard: I met Elton backstage at my first concert in Moscow, but he had
called a few days prior to my hotel room in London... he was welcoming; we spoke
about Atlanta, where I am from and where he has a house, and told me he couldn’t
wait to see me and give me a hug. It was a great phone call.
eltonjohn-fan.de: Are you lookin forward to play in Germany next
week? And what do you think about the German fans?
Bullard: I lived in Germany for a while, working on a music score for a
film, and feel quite at home there. I have a lot of German friends, and have
many great memories of being there. I appreciate how Germany has made unpopular
political decisions in the past to achieve a long term goal, and how well the
country is working now because of those choices. Too many politicians make
decisions based on the next election cycle, while. from my perspective, Germany
had the vision to handle these monumental transitions in a way that is positive
for the German people. I have a lot of respect for that.
eltonjohn-fan.de: Do you have time to go out and visit the Cities
that you play when you are on tour in Germany?
Kim Bullard: From time to time, it depends on scheduling.
eltonjohn-fan.de: Is there something special you like in Germany.
Maybe the german food or the the german people?
Kim Bullard: Actually, the forests in Germany resonate with me.... I grew
up in Georgia, which shares a similar topography, so I like walking around the
beautiful forests of Germany.
eltonjohn-fan.de: Do you have a special ritual before going on
Kim Bullard: Before the show, Elton comes in to our dressing room and
catches up with everybody... you probably know he is one of the funniest people
on the planet, so we have a few laughs, and then walk out onstage.
eltonjohn-fan.de: Do you have any Elton CDs in your CD-Rack?
Kim Bullard: I don’t have a CD rack, but I have a lot of Elton on vinyl.
eltonjohn-fan.de: What do you do in your freetime to recover you
from tour stress?
Kim Bullard: I really do not have much free time... when I am not touring
with Elton, I continue to work as a studio musician in Los Angeles. I do manage
to work in some yoga from time to time.
eltonjohn-fan.de: Does your family support you in your musical
Kim Bullard: yes.
eltonjohn-fan.de: How is it for you, at once to stand in the
spotlight with a superstar Like Elton John?
Kim Bullard: The band and I share the stage with an icon, so we know it
is not really about us, it is about him. I lend my musical abilities to support
his brilliance. It is an honor, of course, to be a part of his music every night.
I am continually in awe of his ability to spontaneously improvise cohesive
compositions on stage, live, in front of an audience... those are the special
moments for me. There are times in every show where he is flying without a net;
it is always interesting to see where he lands, and see how we collectively jump
eltonjohn-fan.de: How is it like to be on tour the whole year? Does it
exhaust you sometimes or or do you enjoy it always?
Kim Bullard: Sometimes is seems like there is not a healthy balance,
however, as a musician, this is what we do.
eltonjohn-fan.de: Do you have any other ongoing projects at the
moment, for example with the band?
Kim Bullard: Yes, the band is currently working in the studio with Elton
on new projects. Those sessions are going quite well. I am also co-producing
some great new tracks for Katy Rose. You can catch a glimpse of her on
Katyrosemusic.com, or on Facebook, at
eltonjohn-fan.de: Can you tell us a funny story about you and Elton? I
think about flying Chicken with John Mahon
Kim Bullard: I don’t know about the flying chicken.... I will have to ask
John about that.
The other night, when I least expected it, between songs Elton clobbered me with
ice cubes. He knew he had totally caught me off guard, which he thought was so
funny that he could not even introduce the next song. There are REALLY funny
things that happen all the time, but you will have to wait for the book to read
those stories : )
we would like to say Thank You for the intervie.
von Nadine und Ralf