Next best thing

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

There will only ever be one King of Rock and Roll but Pa­pakura is about to ex­pe­ri­ence the next best thing.

Bri­tish man Ben Portsmouth is known as the world’s best Elvis trib­ute artist and he’s com­ing to New Zealand on his world tour.

It’s his sec­ond time in the coun­try, af­ter per­form­ing last year at the free an­nual Elvis in the Gar­dens con­cert held at the Auck­land Botanic Gar­dens.

A tal­ented mu­si­cian, singer and song­writer, Portsmouth had Elvis’ DNA in his blood from an early age.

His fa­ther was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. He started his own jour­ney as an Elvis trib­ute artist in 2005 when he formed the Tak­ing Care Elvis Band and blew au­di­ences away with his un­canny re­sem­blance to the real deal.

Portsmouth was voted the best Elvis at the largest Elvis fes­ti­val in Europe and in 2012, he be­came the only nonAmer­i­can ever to win the Ul­ti­mate Elvis Trib­ute Artist world cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

This suc­cess has led to sell-out shows across the world but Portsmouth re­mains hum­ble about his like­ness to the King.

‘‘There was only one Elvis Pres­ley and I am just hon­oured to be able to re­mind peo­ple of his mu­sic and keep alive the mu­sic and mem­o­ries of the King of Rock and Roll,’’ he says.

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