Preston Elliot From Preston & Steve Loves to Sing Journey’s ‘Stone In Love’

He also had a run-in with Paul McCartney and tells why his wife doesn’t want him in the kitchen.

Illustration by Andy Friedman

Illustration by Andy Friedman

My name is … Preston Elliot. There’s an uncle somewhere in the family tree named Preston.

I am … an avid golfer. My handicap is a 12.


One thing about Philadelphia that drives me crazy … is the traffic. It just fucking sucks.

My secret talent is … juggling. I do it whenever I see three objects that need to be thrown into the air.

This year for Christmas, please don’t buy me … booze. I quit drinking. I’ve been having a bad run with migraines, and the booze just made it worse. Did you ever have a migraine and a hangover at the same time? It’s awful.

The best video game ever is … Zelda.

My wife is always telling me … to shut the fuck up. No. I’m kidding. She’s actually always telling me to leave her alone when she’s cooking. I like to move in and take over when I see her doing something incorrect. I mean, she puts the burner on high no matter what she’s cooking. It’s ridiculous.

One song I love to sing at the top of my lungs is … “Stone In Love” by Journey. That’s so embarrassing, but it’s true. I can’t even begin to hit the notes, but I still sing it. Loudly.

I probably shouldn’t tell you this about Steve … but when he is on the phone with his wife, he baby-talks a lot. It’s really weird.

My favorite material possession … is a book from my childhood called The Golden Treasury of Caroline and Her Friends. I recently had it restored for $500. It’s been a favorite of mine since I was a baby. It’s definitely an heirloom and will be passed down.

If you really want to piss me off … start preaching politics. I don’t care.

I am deathly afraid of … dying. It’s something that crosses my mind maybe once a day.

When I was 16 … I was even more of an idiot than I am now.

The most famous person I ever met … was Paul McCartney. Met him in 1993 on the New World Tour. I thought I was just going to be getting a quick picture, but without my knowledge, I was scheduled to interview him. They said, “It’s time to interview Paul.” And I said, “What?” He knew I was nervous and not ready, and he made me very comfortable. The most gracious man I have ever come across.

If I wasn’t doing this … I’d be living off my wife somehow, because I can’t do anything else.

One game you will never beat me at is … foosball.

I got my first tattoo … at 24 years old. It’s an eighth note on my left shoulder. I got it just to see what it was like to get a tattoo.

When I want a cheesesteak, I go to … Jim’s on South Street. It’s not as gristly as some of the other places. But you stink like a cheesesteak for the rest of the day when you come out of there.

My DVR is always set to record … Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I’ve always been a fan of Marvel.

When I want to relax … I jump in my hot tub and chill out for a while. It’s open year-round, and when it snows, it’s a requirement that the entire family get into the hot tub.

My kids are always telling me … to leave the room before I fart.

* For an interview with the other half of Preston & Steve, Steve Morrison, visit phillymag.com/steve.