Sunday, July 12, 2009

Return of "The Original Elvis Tribute"

A couple of days ago I received an e-mail from Arjan Deelen, who put together "The Original Elvis Tribute" that toured parts of Europe, including Sweden, two months ago. I'd like to share the letter with you:

Following the highly successful May ’09 tour, ’The Original Elvis Tribute 2010’ (featuring a.o. Elvis’ original bassplayer Duke Bardwell) will be returning to Europe in January 2010 in order to celebrate The King’s 75th birthday. This remarkable production has several surprises in store for the fans, and the show promises to be a one-of-a-kind celebration of the man and his music.

This time, we will be adding a special Gospel segment to the show, and we feel confident that Elvis himself would have approved. Moreover, we are also proud to announce that the very talented Sue Moreno will be joining us as a backing singer. Miss Moreno is a very popular singer in her own right, so we are all excited about having her ‘on board’.

“Being a great admirer of Elvis Presley's music and inspired by him throughout the years of my own musical career, it is an honor to be part of this unique Elvis show”, she says, “I've always loved to perform Elvis' repertoire - I can really put everything in it - and being able to work with these great musicians makes it extra special”.

That "The Original Elvis Tribute" will return to Europe is great news to me, as I wasn't able to see the show when it visited Sweden in May. My biggest regret was not being able to meet Michael Jarrett, who's also part of the show and who wrote "I'm Leavin'" and "I'll Be Home On Christmas Day" for Elvis.

As I've written earlier, I've had some e-mail contact with Michael as well, and he seems like such a great guy. I was really looking forward to talking to him and have him sign a copy of the single "I'm Leavin'" that I'd gotten especially for the occasion. (Actually it was my wife who bought it for me!)

Now it seems I'll be getting a second chance. Thank you, Arjan, for making that happen!

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