In May 2009, the American production ”The Original Elvis Tribute 2009” will be touring Europe. This show is unique in several respects, one being that it does not feature any impersonators and instead offers a genuine tribute, and secondly because it features several people that actually worked with Elvis – either as part of his rhythm-section, or as a songwriter. Duke Bardwell, who played bass for Elvis at more than 180 shows in the 70s, will also play the bass on this show, while songwriter Michael Jarrett will play the keyboards. Jarrett wrote songs like “I’ll Be Home On Christmas Day” en “I’m Leaving”, and especially the latter song was one of Elvis’ personal favorites.
The show is a real must for both Elvis fans as well as rock & roll fans in general. Not only because the focus will be on Elvis’ greatest songs, but also because it features several top-musicians with a strong rock & roll pedigree. Leadsinger Ted Roddy was inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame a few years ago, because of his outstanding country and rockabilly releases on labels like New Rose and Sunjay, and he’s one of the very few singers that can really do Elvis’ songs justice. Also part of this 7-piece formation are a.o. ‘rockabilly queen’ Vikki Lee on rhythm-guitar and the phenomenal Thierry Le Coz on lead-guitar. Le Coz has lived in Austin for the past 25 years, but he originally hails from France where he was an integral part of the rockabilly revival. In recent years, he’s received much praise for solo- releases like “Tex - French Connection” (Big Beat). Don’t miss seeing this remarkable Elvis show, which promises to be a spectacular celebration of The King’s finest music – as performed by those who live, love and breathe rock & roll. For more information, please visit: www.elvisnews.dk