The Elton John Band Archives

John Mahon


John Mahon
Percussion, Backing Vocals
Tours Played

1997-98 | 1998-99 | 2000 | 2001 | 2001-09 | 2009-11 | 2011-12A | 2011-12B | 2012-PresA | 2012-PresB | 2015-Pres

Multi-instrumentalist John Mahon’s early days were based in drums, recording and performing jazz, progressive jazz, rock, R&B and pop music with bands in Northeastern Ohio.

Moving to Los Angeles in 1983, he continued to play and study music. John has studied with David Garibaldi, Robert Edwards and at the Dick Grove School of Music along with many other teachers around the globe.

As a singer and drummer, John was featured with the band Windows and went from there to record and tour with Peter White. This led to tours and gigs with Al Stewart, Helen Reddy, Boney James and Rita Coolidge. As a percussionist and vocalist, John backed up Three Dog Night’s Chuck Negron. Before joining Elton’s band, John’s own band, The Stickmen, employed Bob Birch on bass.

As a writer, producer and programmer John has composed soundtrack albums for Wild Whirled Music, smooth jazz songs with Rick Braun and produced commercials for Ray Charles.

John was originally hired for the Elton John Band as a percussionist, but during tour rehearsals it was discovered that he could add his vocal talents to the mix — and now John is often spotlighted as a harmony vocalist on songs like Daniel and Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.

John has recorded two full studio albums with Elton, Peachtree Road in 2004 and The Captain And The Kid in 2006, as well as various one-off tracks for other albums. He has also done studio work with Edgar Winter and B.B. King, amongst others, and appeared on Elton’s live album and video, One Night Only.

Joining Elton’s band in 1997 has also led John to share the stage with a long list of artists such as Billy Joel, Sting, Cher, Tina Turner, Michael McDonald, John Mayer, Mary J. Blige and Billy Joel.