Rocket Man: The Elton John Experience

Why book Rocket Man: The Elton John Experience?

Look at our photos and watch our videos.
It's hard to go wrong when you have this much experience onstage at your venue.
Our show is an EXACT re-enactment of an early Elton John concert, featuring gorgeous replica costumes, all live instruments, faster tempos and various flashy grand pianos.
A magical musical journey which will have guests laughing,crying,singing & dancing - not always in that order.
We are REAL musicians, our videos are of REAL shows and those are REAL audiences!
The Rocket Man Band is the USA's #1 full-time Elton John Tribute and sets the standard for world-class entertainment. Your'e OK with us! Again, watch our videos!

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Reviews

Rus brought down the house!

I hired Rus to come do a solo Elton John event at the Yacht Club I manage, and I couldn't be happier! We had over 160 members and their guests here singing Elton John songs with Rus at the top of their lungs. And, the costumes were over the top! I had such a good time watching the show, I became a huge fan! I have gone to see Rus with friends and family at other venues, and they are fans now. We have already booked him back and expect a much larger crowd this year!

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Reviewer: Ken N.
Organization: Bradenton Yacht Club
Event: Private Party in Palmetto, FL
Event Date: Feb 22, 2013
Hired As: Elton John Impersonator, Elton John Impersonator

Review by Dawn S.

Rus was amazing as usual, he is such a proffessional and a great entertainer. Our residents love him and can't wait for the next show.
He never stops signing and the people love that about him. If you haven't seen him you need to he is the best we have found.
Thanks Rus....Can't wait to have you back here.

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Reviewer: Dawn S.
Organization: Southport Springs
Event: Private Party in Zephyrhills, FL
Event Date: Oct 9, 2010
Hired As: 1970s Era Entertainment, 1980s Era Entertainment, Classic Rock Band, Rock and Roll Singer

Russ and band in Parkland, Fl

An amazing show! Love to see them in South Florida again

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Reviewer: john a.
Event: Public Event in Parkland, FL
Event Date: Nov 2, 2013
Hired As: Elton John Impersonator

Thank you Rus for the great show!

We booked Rus through an agency and he was great! Our guests are asking when we will have him back again! Thank you again, Rus, for an excellent night of entertainment

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Reviewer: Jennifer M.
Organization: Show Palace Entertainment
Event: Concert Venue in Hudson, FL
Event Date: Sep 27, 2013
Hired As: Elton John Impersonator

Can't say enough positive

Rus, Ian, Mick and Warren were simply amazing. Amazing to work with, and amazing in their performance. We had two shows, 9/13 and 9/20 and both were outstanding. Our crowd was energized and entertained. We honestly could not have asked for anything more. If we didn't serve the same clients each year, I would hire him again and again. If only I could convince them to do another act, impersonate someone else, so that we could have them back! But to be honest, I am sure it wouldn't be as good, because Rus is so good at this because he actually studies Elton John and has learned him so well. There are SO many Elton John impersonators out there to choose from, but I cannot imagine that any of them could be this good.

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Reviewer: Heather F.
Organization: Auto-Owners Insurance Company
Event: Corporate Event in Lansing, MI
Event Date: Sep 13, 2011
Hired As: Elton John Impersonator

Great Show

Saw the show in Lansing Mi it was great. He went above and beyond to make sure everyone enjoyed it.

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Reviewer: Kim H.
Event: Convention in Royal Oak, MI
Event Date: Sep 20, 2011

Review by Dave a. M. G.

We have had the opportunity to hear Russell play at a private party, Boxing Day party, restaurant, and several of his Elton John performances.
This is a man who will not disappoint. His talent seems to be endless. He is truly an ecliptic singer. You name it he sings it,
from top hits to country to golden oldies. He is a remarkable and gifted performer. We highly recommend him for any occasion. We will be listening to him at this years party. Can't wait!!!

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Reviewer: Dave a. M. G.
Event: Christmas Party in Largo, FL
Event Date: Dec 26, 2009

Review by darren w.

whatta great show..beautiful evening..great crowd..me my girl and our lil girl hadda great time..up front the whole show..she gotta guitar pic..and a picture with the rocketman after the show..cant wait to see this show again..darren ..cathy and sidney..we were all smiles..thanks

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Reviewer: darren w.
Event: Festival in Holiday, FL
Event Date: Nov 20, 2010

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 60 - 120 minutes
  • Fee: $1500 and up.
  • Insurance: $1,000,000.00 - Full equipment, liability, transport and actual performance insurance, provided through ASCAP.
  • Languages: Chinese, English, French, Italian
  • Unions: ASCAP

Overview

Look at our photos and watch our videos.
It's hard to go wrong when you have this much experience onstage at your venue.
The key to success when hiring a band is knowing how professional they'll look, perform and act when they arrive. In the past year alone, we have performed in all 4 corners of the USA & have 5 star ratings across the board in the USA's many elite talent rating platforms. You're OK with us!
We are REAL musicians, our videos are of REAL shows and those are REAL audiences!! - We know because we were there!
Our show is an EXACT re-enactment of an early Elton John concert, featuring gorgeous, exact replica costumes - (many items actually worn by Elton!), 100% live instruments, faster tempos, an ultra modern laser and LED light show (over $10k worth) and various grand pianos, including an 8 foot RED Yamaha!
It is an intense, sincere and magical musical journey with NO cheese and NO cheap Party Store disco shirts! Audiences laugh, cry, sing and dance - not always in that order, whilst having a blast of energy recalling the highs & lows of Elton's career. There are ballads & driving rock songs.
It is a trip down the yellow brick road.

Additional Booking Notes

A stage at least 12' x 24' is usually a minimum requirement.

Technical Info /Band/ Instrumentation:

Rus 'Rocket Man' Anderson: Yamaha Digital 8' Red Grand Piano, Shure SM58 mic.

Lucas 'Hercules' Donofrio: Ibanez guitars with various fx gear, Shure SM58 mic.

Jaymee Granell Jr: Custom 5 string Bass, Shure SM58 mic.

Jeri Beverland: Concert series Drums, Percussion, Shure SM58 mic.

The band provides all backline, PA, instruments (incl. 8 foot red grand piano!), stage and lighting effects.

Further technical details including rider information are available on request.
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Costumes

A Rocket Man Band show features several elaborate and colorful costumes!
Each costume has been professionally designed and tailored to exactly match iconic looks from Elton's 4 decades on stage.
(Clients can select their favorite costumes from a catalogue for each performance!)
Generally a show includes 3-6 costume changes.

Show duration is usually 60 mins to 120 mins.
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Notable quotes:

"A show as extravagant as Elton's career"
- The St Petersburg Times.

"The next best thing to Elton John"
- TBT

"A master keyboardist"
- Jerome Ritchey, Host, Studio 10, CBS.

"He's a rocket man..Rus will make you think he's the real Elton John"
- Tampa Bay Times.

"The Show Was Wonderful"
- Mary Mitchell, LATW, The Elton John AIDS Foundation

"A young Elton John - magic!"
- Kevin O'Neill, Sam Ash Music.

"The coolest thing is that Rus actually has an authentic British accent"
- Robin Harris, The Buzz Magazine.

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Rocket Man: The Elton John Experience

Well hello fellow Elton John fans!
As featured @ BB King's Clubs, House Of Blues, Hard Rock, Elton John.com & endorsed by 'Hercules - The Elton John Fanclub', The Rocket Man Band is the USA's #1 full-time 70's & 80's Elton John Tribute and sets the standard for world-class entertainment.

Look at our photos and watch our videos.
It's hard to go wrong when you have this much experience onstage at your venue.

The key to success when hiring a band is knowing how professional they'll look, perform and act when they arrive. In the past year alone, we have performed in all 4 corners of the USA & have 5 star ratings across the board in the USA's many elite talent rating platforms. You're OK with us!

We are REAL musicians, our videos are of REAL shows and those are REAL audiences!! - We know because we were there!
Our show is an EXACT re-enactment of an early Elton John concert, featuring gorgeous, exact replica costumes - (many items actually worn by Elton!), 100% live instruments, faster tempos, an ultra modern laser and LED light show (over $10k worth) and various grand pianos, including an 8 foot RED Yamaha!
It is an intense, sincere and magical musical journey with NO cheese and NO cheap Party Store disco shirts! Audiences laugh, cry, sing and dance - not always in that order, whilst having a blast of energy recalling the highs & lows of Elton's career. There are ballads & driving rock songs.
It is a trip down the yellow brick road.

Described as "A WONDERFUL show" by Mary Mitchell of The Elton John AIDS Foundation, The Rocket Man Band gives an insanely energetic performance time after time, throwing around cool jams such as "Saturday Night's Alright" and "Pinball Wizard", before sending audiences exploding into space with extended 70's instrumental versions of "Rocket Man", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Levon".

With thousands of performances under our belts ranging from smokey, hole-in-the-wall biker bars, to festivals, to concert halls, to casinos, to cruise liners, The Rocket Man Band musicians actually portray Elton John's intense 70's & 80's concerts down to the finest detail. Additionally, the band are ASCAP members and all Rocket Man performances are fully licensed & insured.
Again, watch our videos & browse thru our hundreds of photos.
What you see is what you get... and THAT's entertainment.

We'll see you at the show.
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Rocket Man live performances include the following songs:

Saturday Night
The Bitch Is Back
I'm Still Standing
Madman Across The Water
Your Song
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Bennie & The Jets
Can You Feel The Love Tonight?
Take Me To The Pilot
Tiny Dancer
Rocket Man
Crocodile Rock
Made In England
Lucy In The Sky
Daniel
Honky Cat
Candle In The Wind
Kiss The Bride
Border Song
Captain Fantastic
I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
Levon
Don't Let The Sun Go Down
Philadelphia Freedom
Someone Saved My Life Tonight
The One
Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters
The Bridge
Sad Songs
Written In The Stars
Step Into Christmas
Sixty Years On
Empty Garden
Hercules
Pinball Wizard
and many more......

Technical Info /Band/ Instrumentation:

Rus 'Rocket Man' Anderson: Yamaha Digital 8' Red Grand Piano, Shure SM58 mic.

Lucas Donofrio: Ibanez & Les Paul guitars with various fx gear, Shure SM58 mic.

Jaymee Granell Jr : Custom 5 string Bass, Shure SM58 mic.

Jeri Beverland: Concert series Drums, Percussion, Shure SM58 mic.

The band can provide all backline, PA, instruments (incl. grand piano), stage and lighting effects.

Approx. stage plot can be downloaded opposite >>
Further technical details including rider information are available on request.
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Costumes

A Rocket Man Band show features several elaborate and colorful costumes!
Each costume has been professionally designed and tailored to exactly match iconic looks from Elton's early decades on stage.
(Clients can select their favorite costumes from a catalogue for each performance!)
Generally a show includes 3-6 costume changes.

Show duration is usually 60 mins to 120 mins.
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Notable quotes:

"A show as extravagant as Elton's career"
- The St Petersburg Times.

"The next best thing to Elton John"
- Tampa Bay Times.

"A master keyboardist"
- Jerome Ritchey, Host, Studio 10, CBS.

"He's a rocket man..Rus will make you think he's the real Elton John"
- TBT.

"The Show Was Wonderful"
- Mary Mitchell, LATW, The Elton John AIDS Foundation

"A young Elton John - magic!"
- Kevin O'Neill, Sam Ash Music.

"The coolest thing is that Rus actually has an authentic British accent"
- Robin Harris, The Buzz Magazine.

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Venue/ Event types:

The Rocket Man Band regularly performs for the following events:

Anniversary Party
Awards Night
Bachelorette Party
Bar/Lounge
Birthday Party
Casino
Club/Nightclub
Concert Venue
Convention
Corporate Function
Dinner Dance
Festival
Fund Raiser
Grand Opening
Hotel
Launch Party
Meet and Greet
Private Event
Restaurant
Sporting Event
Studio Session
Trade Show
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Contact Details

info@rocketmanshow.com
727 637 4191

Please use our contact page for enquiries.

The team providing the talent:

Rus Anderson

Elton John!

Somali Rose

Road Manager/ Tech Director/ Vocals

Matt Stiller

Sound Engineer

Jaymee Granell Jr

Bass / Vocals

Jeri Beverland

Drums / Percussion / Vocals

Helena Kletch

Vocals

Lucas Donofrio

Guitars

Testimonials

"The coolest thing is that Rus actually has an authentic British accent"

– Robin Harris, The Buzz Magazine.

"Wonderful"

– Mary Mitchell, LATW, The Elton John AIDS Foundation

"A young Elton John - magic!"

– Kevin O'Neill, Sam Ash Music.

"A master keyboardist"

– Jerome Ritchey, Host, CBS.

"He's a rocket man..Rus will make you think he's the real Elton John"

– Tampa Bay Times

"A show as extravagant as Elton's career"

– St Petersburg Times

Set List

Rocket Man live performances include the following songs:

Saturday Night
The Bitch Is Back
I'm Still Standing
Your Song
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
I Guess That's Why....The Blues
Bennie & The Jets
Can You Feel The Love Tonight?
Take Me To The Pilot
Tiny Dancer
Rocket Man
Crocodile Rock
Made In England
Lucy In The Sky
Daniel
Honky Cat
Candle In The Wind
Kiss The Bride
Border Song
Captain Fantastic
Levon
Don't Let The Sun Go Down
Philadelphia Freedom
Someone Saved My Life Tonight
The One
Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters
The Bridge
Sad Songs
Written In The Stars
Step Into Christmas
Sixty Years On
Empty Garden
Hercules
Pinball Wizard
and many more......

Influences & Inspiration

In Glasgow, Scotland, I grew up 'on the road' with my dad - a very successful cabaret singer - & had the chance to meet many celebrities, watch many performances and learn the tricks of the trade, both onstage & behind the scenes. Strong showmanship and powerful lyrics steered me towards many classic artists of the 50's,60's & 70's, including Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles, The Doors, Janis Joplin & CCR to name a few.
I moved to the USA in 2003 & quickly became a key player in the Florida live music scene & created "Rocket Man: The Elton John Show" as a tribute to my main influence - a man who has shown that the best way to entertain is to be yourself - Sir Elton John.

Setup Requirements

Venue-specific, available on request

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