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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - CONTENTS -

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.

Mark An­drew

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