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“To me, Elvis was the greatest performer and vocalist of the last century, and I constantly strive for perfection when I perform his songs.”
So says Lee ‘Memphis’ King, whose much-acclaimed tribute to the king of rock ‘n’ roll has been getting fans all shook up for more than a decade now.
King, who will recreate Elvis’ ‘Comeback Special’ and ‘Vegas Years’ at the Edinburgh Playhouse on Friday (Jan 22), has picked up numerous accolades and has sold out some of the most biggest venues across the UK and Europe.
Donning the most authentic costumes and performing a selection of Elvis’s most hip-shaking greatest hits with the backing of an 11-strong band, King’s show promises to give fans the next best thing to the real thing.
“He was the ultimate star and he still is and still will be in one hundred years,” says King, whose lifelong obsession with Elvis began when he was just five years old after he saw the swivel-hipped singer perform on TV. “He did some great songs and the way he sang them was great.
“The songs were perfect and I think they will always stand the test of time,” he adds.
For his latest show, there’s some nifty new costumes added to the mix, with no expense spared.
“I have new costumes from America which cost £8,000 for two, as well as new songs and a different format,” says King. “I’ve been doing this for 10 years and it is the songs and the costumes that keep it fresh.”
King, who has been named as the World’s Best Elvis Tribute, reckons he never tires of transforming himself into Elvis on stage every night.
“I’m living the dream and it does not even feel like work,” he says. “Whenever you do something, you have to be passionate about it.”
One Night Of Elvis: Lee ‘Memphis’ King, Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Friday, 22 January, 7.30pm, £25, 0844-871 3014