“ I recently had the pleasure of seeing Kenny Metcalf perform his show Elton – The Early Years at NAMM 2012. I was amazed at how well he does Elton, he sounds just like him vocally and his piano playing and stage antics, along with an excellent band are so accurate you wonder if you haven’t been transported back in time to some of the historic concerts such as Dodger Stadium in 1975! For any Elton John fan that likes to take a trip down memory lane and visit Elton’s music of the early 70’s, this is the show to see! It brought back some fun memories for me as one who was there from the beginning! -Caleb Quaye ”
“NAMM 2012: Elton - The Early Years: The incomparable, Kenny Metcalf, took the Elton John tribute band experience to a whole new level on Saturday, the 21st, at the John Lennon Educational Bus Tour Stage. Kenny utilized his infectious stage persona, outlandish costumes and unmatched vocal impersonations of the Pinball Wizard himself. He takes you through a lyrical stroll down memory lane when Elton John was the king of pop. You will need to look twice and may even shake your head in disbelief before you realize he's not the real EJ, but still we fondly refer to him as "Kenny and the Jets". See this talented artist in action at www.eltontheearlyyears.com. ”
“Two weeks ago at the NAMM show in Anaheim there was a plethora of musical talent. The range was gargantuan. One, however, which piqued Beacon Media’s interest was the Elton John tribute band starring Kenny Metcalf as Elton. "The guy IS Elton John" It’s astonishing… he appeared to have the energy, flamboyance and remarkable talent of the early Elton John”
“Hey Kenny,It was great seeing you and meeting your daughter.. You have a lot of talent! Keep up the great work! You make Elton John look good!”
"Elton the Early Years was a smash hit! Kenny Metcalf as Elton John performed to a large and cheering crowd." "It was a magical memorable show that will definitely go down as one of NAMM's best"
"I've seen hundreds of tribute bands -- from Abba to Zeppelin -- and every band in between. I've caught tribute shows in L.A., New York, Las Vegas, and San Diego. After seeing Elton -- The Early Years last night...I put them in the top 3".
"Elton John tribute to rock Escondido this weekend" Elton The Early Years is a tribute band that perfectly captures not only that original voice, but the charismatic stage presence, thrilling performance and outrageous costumes of the musical genius at his initial peak. The star, however, is lifelong musician Kenny Metcalf, who channels Elton so well that you will forget he is not really the icon himself.
"CNN iReport — John Lennon's 70th birthday at Club Nokia at LA Live To put it simply, this was one of the best tribute shows I have ever seen in my life. "Elton John" (Kenny Metcalf of the tribute band "Elton - The Early Years") came out to sing "Whatever Gets You thru the Night", from John's 1974 Album "Walls and Bridges". "Elton" also did his 1982 hit "Empty Garden", " Al Mealey - CNN Ireport Oct. 10, 2010
“You sound so much like the young Elton. I search all of the time and I have not been able to find a new act that captures Elton. You have definitely captured him. You are one of the best I have ever heard.”