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July 25, 2017

Happy Birthday Matt Bissonette

Elton on stage with Matt Bissonette at Color Line Stadium in Ålesund, Norway - June 30, 2016. (Photo: Johannes Lovund)
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Elton on stage with Matt Bissonette at Color Line Stadium in Ålesund, Norway - June 30, 2016. (Photo: Johannes Lovund)

All of us at EltonJohn.com wish Matt Bissonette, Elton’s bass player and background vocalist, a very happy birthday.

Matt has played 480 concerts to date since his debut with Elton on September 11, 2012 at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.

Matt has also appeared on 15 studio recordings with Elton, comprised of the entire Wonderful Crazy Night album and the four bonus tracks included on its 2016 Super Deluxe Edition.

The Detroit, Michigan native got his first bass guitar at age 12 and soon began playing in school jazz bands and local rock bands. Matt’s early live gigs included stints with The Kingston Trio and The Ink Spots, as well as a residency at the Detroit Lions football games. Following two years at North Texas State University, Matt relocated to Los Angeles where he played five sets a day in the Disneyland Band in Anaheim, a gig he recalls fondly.

Matt has performed on the road and/or in the studio with artists who have worked with Elton in the past – Ringo Starr, Don Henley, Brian Wilson, and The Captain and Tennille – and many others, including Rick Springfield, Sheena Easton, a-ha, Christopher Cross, David Lee Roth, Joe Satriani, and Julian Lennon. Over the years Matt has collaborated with his brother Gregg in their band, The Mustard Seeds, as well as on other projects, such as touring and recording with jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson.

Matt is currently relaxing at home in California following Elton’s summer tour of the UK and Europe. He will go back out on the road when Elton plays Australia in September, followed by Million Dollar Piano performances at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and shows in the US and Canada in the fall.

Happy birthday, Matt…from all your fans and EltonJohn.com!