31R – Taking the weight off of me with Adam Chester

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In studio notes by Garon Cockrell
Editing and additional notes by Darryl Asher


00 Hello! Welcome in everyone! We’re award winning!

Merry Christmas!! Happy Hanukkah!

Insult was intended!

Winter storm talk.

Jimmy doesn’t like it!


Eliot! The Bomb Cyclone!

Get on it, Abbott!

Who watches Jack Ryan?! Eliot does.

Meghan Markle talk

10 – On to podcasts! Jason Bateman, Rob Lowe, Sean Hayes, Wil Arnett.

Tom Hanks is busy!

The Pardo family loves Lego Masters. Jimmy comes in and watches the finals.

Lego Masters is all positive energy!

Why was Wil Arnett the bad guy in the divorce?

What’s up blue guy?

15 – Leno’s denim.

Talking skimming from work! Matt talks about his old movie theater manager.

Jimmy loved the coveralls!

Jimmy talks about peter cetera’s jumpsuit days.

20 – Jimmy talks about finding a photo from a Chicago concert from his youth that he desperately wanted to go to but was too young.


It’s something from Tammy Trimble.

A board game!

25 – Our guest has arrived! Adam Chester – He played with Elton John!

Tulsa King talk!

Stallone is 76!

30 – Adam Chester is here early! He didn’t need to test.

Adam knows Eliot!

He played at Dodger Stadium!

35 – Jimmy got a new TV. It’s an LG C2.

Remote talk and Jimmy’s disappointment in no MLB.

We’ll be right back!

40 – We’re back! 31R!

Matt has the conn. Will someone win?!

One of Oliver’s favorite bands is The Kingsman?!

Adam Chester is here!

He has 2 kids 16, 19. The 19 year old is a musician!

Adam has a funny story about a weed gummie and his son Marcello learning to drive. Or not. Adam couldn’t drive and had to go lay down because of the weed.

Marcello and Truman are his sons.

45 – Talking Tom Hanks’ kids.

Maude Apatow is on Euphoria!
Zosia Mamet is on Girls.

50 – Walk us through it, Adam!

Adam talks about being a huge Elton John fan growing up, collecting bootlegs, doing a performance of Funeral For A Friend.

A record store in the 80s, no better place to work!

Adam talks about Nina Simone coming in to the store he worked at and getting furious about her albums not being there.

Adam became friends with Elton John’s guitarist Davie when he came into the store. He actually came to see Adam perform. Davie also would play with Adam at Largo shows.

55 – Adam did a demo with basically Elton’s entire band.

Adam talks about “rehearsing the band” for Elton. They met for the first time in 2005. He actually had to tell Elton the cords to his song because he hadn’t played it in years.

60 – Adam talks about Elton telling him he would be singing with the choir, who were angry about it, and someone asking him afterwards if he had won his spot.

1h5m – Adam’s been working with Elton now for 15 years leading up to the Dodger Stadium tour.

1h10m – Sur Elton = Adam. Surrogate Elton John as he was coined.

We hear some audio of Adam rehearsing with the band and singing Captain Fantastic. It was the first time he had ever rehearsed the band and performed with them.

Adam actually performed at the Grammys during the Salute to Elton John.

Adam met Brandi Carlisle at the Dodger Stadium and to his shock, she knew who Adam was.

1h15m – Jimmy talks about the times he’s seen Elton.

Adam fills us in on his experience at the Dodger Stadium show. He rehearsed with Brandi Carlisle and they sang Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me together. He also rehearsed with Kiki Dee!

1h20m – Unlike Zelensky, Adam dressed for the occasion.

Adam fills us in on the performance, including ending up sitting next to Joni Mitchell before he went on stage.

He got a high five from Joni Mitchell after the performance.

1h25m – The video producer surprised him with footage of his performance as if it was shot like Elton was playing it.

Jimmy has nerdy concert going questions like why does Elton have three percussionists?

1h30m – Adam tells a story about George Harrison and Ray, Elton’s percussionist.

Billy Joel also got a “surrogate” after he met Adam backstage at Madison Square Garden.

Adam talks about the “quarencella” performances he was doing during the pandemic. They ended up raising 20k for non-profits. Coacella sent them a cease and desist for using “cella” so he changed the name to Quaren-Cell-LA.

1h35m – Sunset Marquee! Adam performs there weekly.

Round the horn!

1h40m – Jimmy’s guess is Rams!

Jimmy recounts his Steve Perry sincerity on the car ride in.

Garon’s guess is Raptors.

Eliot’s guess is Reds.

Adam’s guess is Redskins.

Fan guesses.

Matt’s list

5) Rangers
4) Real Salt Lake
3) Ravens
2) Raiders
1) Rams!

Jimmy wins!

Adam Chester on facebook!

Adam briefly talks about performing at the White House.

Thank you, Adam!

We’re done!

My pleasure,

Garon/The Beast/Mush Mouth Shy Guy/The Notekeeper/Lazy Queen/Sloth/Little Asshole