The King of all the Elvises

Max Pel­li­cano chan­nels the famed star like no one else

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Doug Con­way

MAX Pel­li­cano de­votes his pro­fes­sional life to mak­ing peo­ple won­der if The King re­ally is dead af­ter all.

The ac­claimed Elvis Pres­ley im­per­son­ator be­lieves what sets him apart from the other 6000 Elvis pros world­wide is know­ing how to res­ur­rect The King’s per­son­al­ity and be­come the man him­self on stage.

The De­troit-based en­ter­tainer – soon to kick off a 16-date 25th an­niver­sary Aus­tralian tour at Rooty Hill RSL – has de­voted years to study­ing Elvis’s quirks, man­ner­isms and stage pres­ence, as well as the sounds, hair­style, looks and cos­tumes.

“For me, it’s method act­ing,” he said. “A cou­ple of hours be­fore the show I start walk­ing, talk­ing and act­ing like Elvis, so that by the time I’m on stage I am al­ready in char­ac­ter.

“If I run out to Hun­gry Jacks to get a burger be­fore­hand I’ll be talk­ing like Elvis in that Mis­sis­sippi drawl. That’s what makes you real on stage. I learnt long ago that the fans don’t want the le­gend to die.”

Pel­li­cano, who first played in 1991, said Aus­tralian au­di­ences were among the world’s big­gest Elvis fans.

“I was re­ally sur­prised by how much peo­ple know about him,” he said. “Aus­tralians are more into Elvis than any­where else in the world.”

His Elvis To The Max 25th an­niver­sary Aus­tralian con­cert will be pre­sented in three stages: hits from the 1950s, the 1968 come­back tele­vi­sion spe­cial and the “Aloha From Hawaii” con­cert.

His cos­tumes, ex­act repli­cas made by Elvis’s tai­lor Bill Bel­low, in­clude the $10,000 “White Ea­gle” out­fit.

Max Pel­li­cano is Elvis to the Max.

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