The news thrilled me as I missed the show the last time it visitied my country, back in 2009. Now it looks like I'm getting a second chance. So I asked Arjan if he could write something about the show that I could post on my blog to share with you. And here it is:
I’m very pleased to announce that ‘The Original Elvis Tribute’ will be back in Sweden next year. The show will take place at Vara Konserthus on Saturday, April 7th, 2012. This show promises to be very special and will include five people who have worked with Elvis:
* Bobby Wood on keyboard - A true music industry giant who has worked with artists like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Neil Diamond. Mr. Wood’s work with Elvis includes playing on the comeback album FROM ELVIS IN MEMPHIS (1969), as well as on classics like “Suspicious Minds” and “In The Ghetto”;
* Duke Bardwell on bass – A phenomenal singer / songwriter who did more than 180 shows with Elvis as his bassplayer, and who also worked in the studio with him in 1975;
* Mary & Ginger Holladay on backing vocals – a widely respected backing group who sang on numerous hits, in Elvis’ case on a.o. “Suspicious Minds”, “In The Ghetto”, “The Wonder Of You” and “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me”. Elvis loved their voices, and they sang on 14 of his original albums! Ginger Holliday is one of the very few people who actually got to sing a duet with Elvis in the studio. The Holladay Sisters have never been in Europe before for an Elvis tribute tour, so this is a real scoop;
* Jerome ‘Stump’ Monroe on drums – Mr. Monroe was a part of the Elvis Presley show from 1969 – ’77, primarily to play drums for all the warming up acts. However, on those occasions where Elvis’ regular drummer was unable to do the show, Monroe played drums for Elvis, which he did in ’71, ’75 and ’77. He was the last drummer to play “Love Me Tender” and “One Night” with Elvis.
Leadsinger is the charismatic Robert Washington, who has dazzled audiences in the US, Europe and Japan with his fantastic voice and showmanship. Mr. Washington’s singing voice is remarkably close to Elvis’. Both Elvis’ friends and family have praised him, and he won the title “The World’s Best Elvis” in Memphis on several occasions.
Here’s a few clips from the shows in May ’11:
http://youtu.be/alqy2JOKaHk (How Great Thou Art)
http://youtu.be/qqYut7QBFx8 (Young & Beautiful + Mystery Train / Tiger Man)
http://youtu.be/pjGclv8672g (Always On My Mind)
http://youtu.be/f2kaSgKJ-6U (Walk A Mile In My Shoes)
This show will be an exclusive for Sweden, and Vara Konserthus only has a capacity of 500, so order your tickets today if you want to avoid disappointment. The price is 395 kr. per ticket and they can be ordered from the venue: www.varakonserthus.se
After the show, there will be a meet and greet with plenty of opportunity for everybody to talk to these legendary musicians or have your photo taken with them. ‘The Original Elvis Tribute’ has played for ecstatic audiences everywhere it went, so don’t miss this remarkable show. Let’s commemorate the 35th anniversary of Elvis’ passing in style and join us for a one-of-a-kind celebration of the man and his music at Vara Konserthus on April 7th, 2012. Additional info on www.elvisnews.dk