Saturday, September 30, 2023
7:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Paramount Theater
30 Center St, Rutland


SEP 30 2023
7:00 PM
Tickets: $30, $39 + tax/fees

Bennie and the Jets is the Premier Elton John Tribute Band. The band is led by Greg Ransom, whose vocals are naturally exactly like Elton John, and Greg’s piano playing is right on the money!

At age 21, Greg was playing piano in a downtown hotel bar when the owner of the hotel requested an Elton John song. Greg played “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues.” The hotel owner approached him afterwards and told him he sounded like Elton vocally, and that he should consider putting on the hat and glasses and forming a tribute band. By 1995, Bennie and the Jets were formed with Greg Ransom on piano and vocals, Dan Moraski on guitar and backing vocals, Bob Lilja on drums and backing vocals, and Ken Walpurgis on bass. They played two local gigs in the Springfield area before receiving a call from a nationally known entertainment broker who needed an Elton band, so Greg sent him a tape. From that day forward Bennie and the Jets became an international touring act. Bob Lilja was soon replaced with Steve Lawton on drums and backing vocals and Ken Walpurgis was replaced with Mike Gibbs on bass and backing vocals. This remains their current line-up. Bennie and the Jets has performed around the world for a wide variety of venues.

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