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A Rock n’ Roll Archaeological Dig, as the Classic Elton John Live LP “11-17-70” is Performed in its Entirety by Early Elton;  Wall Street Rocks/MusicWorks Benefit for Veterans is Confirmed for March 25th at The Cutting Room in NYC
(Published: February 24, 2015)

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February 24, 2015

A Rock n' Roll Archaeological Dig, as the Classic Elton John Live LP "11-17-70" is Performed in its Entirety by Early Elton;  Wall Street Rocks/MusicWorks Benefit for Veterans is Confirmed for March 25th at The Cutting Room in NYC

Early Elton Performances Draw Directly from John's Live 'Trio Tour Arrangements' through found Soundboard Recordings and Early Live Videos ("Elton John had to restructure his album arrangements because his record productions were very big, but his small road budget only allowed him to tour as a trio from 1970 to 1972")

On March 25, 2015 at the Cutting Room in NYC, a Rock n' Roll archaeological dig will get underway, as singer/songwriter/producer/drummer Rich Pagano, pianist/vocalist/songwriter Jeff Kazee and singer/bassist John Conte join together as ‘Early Elton' - The trio of respected artists will deliver a historic recreation/interpretation of Elton John's music, beginning with the live album '11-17-70' in its entirety and continuing with more of John's repertoire -- based specifically on the superstar's live trio tour arrangements from the early seventies. No wigs, no costumes - just three great musicians performing the early music of a seminal artist.  

The March 25th event, presented by Wall Street Rocks and MusicWorks, will be a benefit concert to support veterans via the organizations Reserve Aid and Finally Home, with a range of ticket options available here:

EARLY ELTON - Benefit Concert for Veterans
The Cutting Room - 212-376-6242
44 East 32nd Street  New York, NY 10010
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Ticket pricing is: $100 vip and meet and greet with the artists
$65 Seated
$35 standing

Read about Early Elton, in this article:

Elton John's studio/recording budgets were substantial, but from 1970 to 1972 his touring budgets were small by comparison. As a result, he was forced to restructure the arrangements of his albums and tour as a trio, since he had no money for a full band. Pagano, Kazee and Conte painstakingly scoured the net for rare video, soundboard mixes, bootleg recordings and even Elton's own home demos...in shaping their collective vision of Elton's Trio Period, they blur the line slightly between replication and innovation.  No one has ever tackled the live trio tour arrangements in this way before.

About the Artists:
Jeff Kazee (PIano and vocals): Southside Johnny, Gavin DeGraw, occasional fill-in for Paul Shaffer on The Late Show with David Letterman and Bon Jovi.

John Conte (Bass and Vocals): David Bowie, Southside Johnny, Ian Hunter.

Rich Pagano (Drums and vocals): The Fab Faux, Rosanne Cash, Levon Helm.

Watch a video performance clip, here:

More Early Elton info here:
Early Elton is a Tribute to the Elton John, Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson trio tours of 1970 - 1972 featuring Jeff Kazee of Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes (piano, vocals), Rich Pagano of The Fab Faux (drums and vocals) and John Conte of Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes (bass and vocals). With only two years since its inception, the Early Elton show is playing to capacity audiences in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri-state area.

As the story goes, Elton's label didn't have the funds to send him out to tour the US with a full band, yet Elton need to promote his imminent releases. Having decided on Dee and Nigel, Elton then rearranged the songs and vocals to fit within the limitations of his new lineup. Suddenly, a new sound emerged that was both raw and poignant.

While Jeff, John and Rich have painstakingly scoured the net for rare video, bootleg recordings and even Elton's own home demos in shaping their collective vision of Elton's Trio Period, they blur the line slightly between replication and innovation -- while still capturing and utilizing the spirit, mood and energy from those early tours.

The Gospel/Funk of "Take Me To The Pilot", the soulful storytelling of "Levon" and "Amoreena", the epic-sounding "Burn Down The Mission", the countrified "Country Comfort" and the grand scale of "Madman Across The Water" are just a few of the fantastic chapters that make up the Early Elton songbook.

Early Elton is dedicated to continuing the spirit of this period-arguably, his finest in terms of material, production and performance.
Wall Street Rocks:
At Wall Street Rocks, our mission is simple: harness the power of music to bring about change for America's heroes. With a little help from our friends across the financial sector, our benefit shows aim to raise awareness and funding for veteran and first responder charities such as Reserve Aid and Operation Finally Home. These courageous men and women have our backs every day, and now, Wall Street Rocks has theirs.  Visit http://www.wallstreetrocks.org

Some of the charities Wall Street Rocks supports include the following:
Reserve Aid - a 501©3 nonprofit organization that makes need based grants to military families who have a Reservist or National Guard member on full time deployment or who has recently returned from deployment to a combat zone or homeland security position. Operation Finally Home - a non-partisan/non-profit organization with the mission to provide Americans the ability to honor and thank America's wounded and disabled veterans and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed to defend our country in the global War on Terror.

MusicWorks - 'making a difference through music ':
All of MusicWorks' shows involve/benefit a local non-profit organization. They have done over 50 benefit concerts and have worked with artists including Judy Collins, the Counting Crows, Harry Connick, Jr., Tony Bennett and Bruce Springsteen.  Visit: http://musicworks-ent.com

Instagram: @WallStRocksOfficial

More Information: http://www.Wallstreetrocks2015.eventbrite.com

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