The King of all the Elvises
Max Pellicano channels the famed star like no one else
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.