BACK­STAGE PASS

ELVIS —THE AMER­I­CAN TRIL­OGY

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IWO R D S : T E S S mper­son­at­ing Elvis Pres­ley is more than just copy­ing the King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s ex­tra­or­di­nary voice and hip-swiv­el­ling moves for Vic Trevino Jr. “One thing I like to do is put a bit of my­self in there,” says the 33-year-old actor and singer, who is one of the world’s top Elvis trib­ute per­form­ers.

“We all talk a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ently. One per­son may be a bet­ter singer or dancer.

“You’re never go­ing to be that per­son you’re im­per­son­at­ing so, it’s my in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the char­ac­ter.

“One thing you need to be care­ful of when you’re watch­ing other im­per­son­ators repli­cate Elvis is that you don’t wind up copy­ing other im­per­son­ators.

“There are mil­lions of great singers out there and tons of great artists who ev­ery­one knows of, but you want to be your­self and give your own unique take.”

Trevino Jr is one of three per­form­ers de­pict­ing the leg­endary singer in dif­fer­ent phases of his ca­reer at the Townsville Civic The­atre next week in Elvis – An Amer­i­can Tril­ogy.

Trevino Jr kicks off the show as the raw young rock­a­billy singer, Gino Mo­nop­oli cov­ers the movie star years and Greg Miller dons the white jump­suit for the pe­riod be­fore Pres­ley’s death in 1977 at age 42.

Trevino Jr, orig­i­nally from Texas, has had the op­por­tu­nity to work with a num­ber of Elvis’ real col­leagues, in­clud­ing DJ Fon­tana, his orig­i­nal drum­mer. He’s ex­cited to be back in Aus­tralia. “It’s quite a bizarre place, but I love it,” he says. “It’s very fun, and has a good au­di­ence ... I like the con­nec­tion we have with Aus­tralia, which is why we’re so happy to be back. This is our third tour and the show has con­tin­ued to grow in pop­u­lar­ity as we have seen the au­di­ences in­crease.

“The tours used to only be about seven weeks; now that’s nearly dou­bled to 13.

Trevino Jr started to dab­ble in Elvis im­per­son­at­ing in 2005 and fully com­mit­ted to it in 2010.

Be­fore go­ing on tour, Trevino Jr would re­search his char­ac­ter by watch­ing Elvis per­form.

“I would lis­ten to him and watch his con­certs on YouTube to re­ally train my voice up,” he says.

“My fa­ther was an award-win­ning piano player in Texas, there was al­ways mu­sic in my fam­ily grow­ing up. It sur­rounded me,” Trevino Jr says.

“It def­i­nitely led me to grow a love for it. I knew I’d end up in the in that field as either an actor or singer. I make a liv­ing by per­form­ing through the­atre.” He has been singing since high school. “I worked re­ally hard and in­vested a lot into this ca­reer… I was in the mu­si­cal and pub­lic the­atre as well,” he says.

“I waited ta­bles and worked in a call cen­tre un­til the per­for­mances be­came more reg­u­lar.

“Now I can be away from my wife for eight weeks when I’m on tour – it’s all right, she likes the cheques. But she’s very un­der­stand­ing.”

Trevino Jr analy­ses Amer­i­can cul­ture and mu­sic from the last cen­tury to in­flu­ence his own sound as an artist.

“So in our per­for­mance we have a lot of blues artists, coun­try, and gospel mu­sic that is used,” he says. Trevino Jr says he loves play­ing Elvis in par­tic­u­lar. “It’s just so much fun and the rush of be­ing on stage is great,” he says. “Peo­ple also get very ex­cited, it’s just a joy.”

GINO MO­NOP­OLI

GREG MILLER

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