The last time that I saw Elliott

©JJ Gonson

“The last time that I saw Elliott, he wanted to make another Heatmiser record. It’s … what if?”

Neil Gust


Who’s Behind the Door was recorded in Elliott’s studio

©JJ Gonson

Who’s Behind the Door was recorded in Elliott’s studio in LA. It was a surreal experience. Long story. Elliott came to our last show in LA and wanted to record, so we schlepped our gear over there, recorded the basics the next day and I hung around for 2 weeks trying to finish one song with him. He wasn’t very healthy, but he was trying. It was the last time I saw him. I left before we finished mixing it. His girlfriend gave me the mix about 8 months later at his ‘funeral’.

Neil Gust

It was embarrassing to be doing acoustic music

©Chris Slusarenko

“It was embarrassing to be doing acoustic music. Nobody did it. Everybody was rough. There was no pop going on at that time. Elliott and I used to play Peter Paul & Mary, Beatles, and Captain and Tennille covers together in the bedroom with the door closed, hoping nobody could hear us. I will never forget Neil laughing the first time Elliott played him a solo song, the part where his voice goes up on on “No Name #1”. Laughing. It was just shocking.”

JJ Gonson

He was my best friend and he became iconic

©Denny Swofford

“He was my best friend and he became iconic, and people couldn’t get enough of him, and you didn’t know – is he still my friend? But he would show up and of course he was, he’s Elliott, he didn’t treat me differently. Not totally differently. He made sure I knew that our relationship was intact. There was a lot of respect, and humor; but it was very frustrating to be around other people who were jockeying to get in. He would open himself up to them because he was such a compassionate person. He didn’t want to judge, so sometimes he opened himself up to really disgusting people. But he also wanted the attention.
He made his own choices. He chose those weird, dark-sided people. When he bought the myth of being a rock star it was just unbelievably disappointing.”

Neil Gust