Percussion, Backing Vocals

John Mahon

From Canton, Ohio, John Mahon has played on stage and in the studio with Elton since 1997.

Tours Played:

1997-98 | 1998-99 | 2000 | 2001-09 | 2009-11 | 2011-12 | 2012-Present

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, included future Elton bassist Bob Birch.

1st show: July 8, 1997

John, surrounded by his percussion kit, on stage in 2010.

John, surrounded by his percussion kit, on stage in 2010.

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 in concert as a harmony vocalist on songs like Daniel and Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.

# of shows: 1,760+

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