When Mark An­thony hits the stage and belts out the fa­mil­iar tunes, peo­ple can be for­given for think­ing Elvis has re-en­tered the build­ing

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Mark An­thony ad­mits he wasn’t al­ways a fan of Elvis Pres­ley im­per­son­ators. “I of kind thought it was a bit of a cop out,” he says.

“I didn’t like the idea of guys be­ing an Elvis im­per­son­ator, as it was.”

It might seem ironic, then, that An­thony has ded­i­cated his ca­reer to em­body­ing The King of Rock ’n’ Roll.

An­thony will bring his trib­ute show, Elvis – I Can

Dream, to Jupiters The­atre this week­end.

The two-hour concert ex­pe­ri­ence will fea­ture the great hits such as Heart­break Ho­tel, Don’t Be Cruel and Hound Dog.

“As I got older, I saw that there was room for some­one to do a re­spect­ful trib­ute.”

Elvis Pres­ley died one year be­fore per­former An­thony was born. He re­calls be­ing “force-fed Elvis” as a child.

Brows­ing his dad’s record col­lec­tion, An­thony says Elvis’ im­age was dif­fer­ent from the other artists there. Pres­ley’s mu­sic de­fies cat­e­gori­sa­tion, points out An­thony.

“To­day ... it has a sound of its own. It doesn’t sound like any­thing else,” he says.

An­thony says he has never de­lib­er­ately stud­ied the mu­si­cian. In­stead, he sug­gests his abil­ity to em­u­late Pres­ley comes from “ab­sorb­ing ev­ery­thing that he did – his stylings, his mu­sic, his films” while grow­ing up.

It’s an ap­proach that seems to have worked. An­thony has been “sanc­tioned” by Elvis Pres­ley En­ter­prises Inc af­ter work­ing for the com­pany.

Later, a “beau­ti­ful nice let­ter with the Grace­land logo” was sent to his man­age­ment.

“It was just like a thank you for all my years of com­mit­ment to them.”

Al­though his per­for­mance cel­e­brates some of Pres­ley’s great­est hits, An­thony will also shine a spot­light on some of the lesser-known songs.

Elvis – I Can Dream, Jupiters Gold Coast, Satur­day night

Elvis im­per­son­ator Mark An­thony will per­form at Jupiters on Satur­day night.

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