Friends and fans remember Elvis
Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen, it seems Elvis hasn’t left the building after all, writes Rose Sadleir
MARK Andrew believes even diehard Elvis fans will learn something new about The King when Elvis Leaves His Mark lands on the Gold Coast tomorrow night.
The Elvis tribute artist performs with showgirls, backup singers, a 10-piece band and two very special guests: Presley’s long-time girlfriend Linda Thompson and former security guard Sam Thompson.
‘‘This is the first time Linda has toured with a tribute performer – she hasn’t done many of these things before,’’ he says.
‘‘I met her brother Sam last year and after talking to her on the phone, she was keen to do it. She was impressed. ‘Elvis would be pleased’ – those were her exact words.’’
For the special two-hour musical spectacular, Andrews imitates some of Presley’s greatest performances, including segments from The Sun Sessions, The ’68 Comeback Special, Jailhouse Rock, GI Blues and more. The show also features visuals on a big screen, displaying unseen photographs of Linda and Sam Thompson’s personal time with Presley.
Andrew says Elvis Leaves His Mark takes the audience on a journey of Elvis’ career.
‘‘There will be plenty of interesting stories no one has heard before,’’ he says.
‘‘But you don’t need to be an Elvis fan to appreciate the show. Anyone will enjoy being taken on the musical roller-coaster that is Elvis.’’
Having been an Elvis tribute artist for 10 years, Andrew stays as true to Presley’s character as possible.
‘‘I am more of an actor-performer and I have done a lot of homework,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s a very authentic experience. Once people start to believe that it is Elvis, I have won them over for the whole show. They start to believe and they get lost in the performance.’’
Andrew says The King’s ‘‘charisma, stage presence and mood to his voice’’ will help him live on forever.
‘‘People still love The King for what he brought to the table.
‘‘He recorded so much material and had the ability to really draw people in,’’ he says.
Elvis Leaves His Mark plays Southport Sharks tomorrow night. To book, go to markandrew.com.au.