Sir Elton and the band hit the road again on October 7 for their first show since the very tragic and sudden passing of long serving keyboardist, Guy Babylon.
Below are some questions raised by this tragedy, and how the band will be effected.
Without sounding disrespectful, the Elton John touring machine must continue. The first show is a Red Piano show in Moscow, Russia. Will a new keyboardist be added to the band, if so, who will it be? If not, how will this effect the sound at a live, full band show?
Will there be a special Red Piano tribute to Guy? Will Elton perform "Blues Never Fade Away" solo? Will the band join in? Will a different, up-tempo number be dedicated to him?
If Guy is replaced (which is an extremely hard thing to do, given his enormous talent, dedication and well rehearsed programming for the tour) who could fill his shoes? Below are some suggestions:
- James Newton Howard (a talented composer who has worked with Elton in the past).
- Fred Mandel (has previously worked with the band).