LONG LIVE THE KING
Max Pellicano has taken impersonating Elvis to the next level with a show in which he approaches the superstar as a theatre piece
Max Pellicano watched Elvis Presley concerts in slow motion to master his moves, now he is known as the world’s most successful Elvis impersonator. The US singer explains what it’s like working with Elvis’s back-up singers and living up to the legend of “The King”. you’re performing at night and living on Waikiki Beach? The music is the main thing and it comes above anything. I’m an actor and I like to play roles and different parts and I love doing the Elvis character, it never gets old for me. I will always find new things to perform and I look at old videos and find stuff that I haven’t done for a while or stuff that I’ve missed so I keep it fresh.
memories back in those days. lot but when I started studying for Bye, Bye Birdie, that’s when I really started to like Elvis and appreciate his music. A lot of the bootleg concerts that he did, he didn’t think he was being filmed so he was a different entertainer. On his big concert nights, he knew he was going to be filmed and he was a little more uptight. I’ve watched a lot of those bootleg concerts and a lot of the stuff is just crazy, he was just having a good time and that’s what I try and copy on stage. The dancing came really, really easy for some reason. People used to say to me that I was a great dancer and I never saw it. I’m not trained or anything, I just do what I see Elvis do and it all came very naturally. You see him do it in the movies and you just try to copy what he is doing and how he is doing them. Sometimes I’d put the movies on in slow motion and copy him. Down the road I would like to get more into my acting and maybe some day do a movie or a musical on the life of Elvis, or something associated with Elvis.
Max Pellicano is known as the world’s most successful Elvis impersonator.