Elton John has chosen Matt Bissonette to play bass in his band following the passing of Bob Birch, who died in August. The bassist is currently rehearsing with the “Candle in the Wind” singer in preparation of an upcoming North American tour that begins September 11th in Jackson, Mississippi.
Bissonette, who’s resume includes work with David Lee Roth, Joe Satriani, A-HA, Sheena Easton and Brian Wilson, was invited to the gig by Elton’s musical director Davey Johnstone, but he was also close with Birch.
“You can never take a guy like Bob Birch’s place in a band,” said Bissonette. “I would love to honor Bob on this Elton tour and while playing all these great songs remember how great he was, as a bass player and all-round musician. But it’s ten times more important to remember what a fantastic human he was, and is. Here’s to you Bob.”