This evening at 7 p.m., Davey Johnstone will be appearing at Santa Monica’s Barnes & Noble store, located on the Third Street Promenade.
He will be accompanying Adam Chester, who sometimes takes Elton’s part during rehearsals before the rock star shows up.
Adam has a thousand of his mother’s old letters, which tended to be eccentric and overbearing, into his memoir, S’Mother: The Story of a Man, His Mom, and the Thousands of Altogether Insane Letters She’s Mailed Him. According to the Los Angeles Times, Chester recently signed a deal with Jack Black’s production company, Electric Dynamite, and Reveille to create a sitcom based on the book.
“I admit, I’m an overprotective Jewish mother, so what?” said Joan. “I was being responsible and if that’s overprotective, then shoot me. I don’t care!”
Adam’s father, Elliott, died from cancer when he was 8. His mother took a job as a social worker for the juvenile courts in Miami to pay the bills.
“I know she loves me but she drives me crazy,” said Adam.
Joan continues to write to her only child, now 48, married and the father of two young boys, four times a month despite living just 20 minutes away.
“I refuse to give her my cellphone,” said Adam, a composer and singer-songwriter who describes himself as the official “surrogate Elton John.”
Adam and his mom will be reading few of her letters at tonight’s event. Davey will be joining Adam for some original mother-related tunes.