After he saw Elton John Live in concert twice during the Made In England Tour in 1995 and The Big Picture Tour in 1998, Fred Bechtold decided to recreate the atmosphere of these shows and to render his own interpretation of most of Elton John’s hits.
He met the drummer and percussionist Nicolas Kieffer and they decided to build up an Elton John repertoire made of most of his hits and some other rarities. They started playing concerts as a duet inspired by the concert that Elton John (piano and lead vocal) and Ray Cooper (percussions) played in Moscow in 1979 and which is considered a classic.
After a series of concerts at the end of 2016, Fred and Nicolas decided to play their repertoire as a three-piece band. Perrine Diehl was chosen to perform as a bass player in an all new and more dynamic repertoire of Elton’s songs with Nicolas on drums for a change. In the summer 2017, Gabriel Palmieri, a very talented guitarist, joined them to bring a new energy to the band.
In 2018, the band set itself the challenge of putting on a show reminiscent of the “Million Dollar Piano” tour and promoting it all over Europe, so Eltonology saw the arrival of 2 vocalists and a percussionist.
At the end of 2020, the band’s history took a turn, the singer decided to leave the band as well as the latest arrivals. The band then welcomed Maxime Lacote (guitarist and vocals), Sébastien Buffet (percussionist), Mélanie Romer (vocals) and finally Thomas Février the new frontman. A new show was put together adding of the craziness of the 70s / 80s. This is how the new Eltonology proposes an even more grandiose show revealing the universe of the legendary Elton John !!!