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Review : Elvis By Request Concert Tour

By Elvis Australia
November 4, 2012 - 7:35:39 PM

As part of the promotion for the Elvis By Request CD, Sony Music Australia organized the 'Elvis By Request Concert Tour' with Anthony Petrucci as Elvis. I went along to the Melbourne concert on Friday November 1 to see what it was really like. Firstly the show was not an impersonation of an Elvis concert, nor was or is Anthony Petrucci what I would call an Elvis Impersonator. No more than Kurt Russell is in being an actor in the movie, 'Elvis'. So, that said, on with the show ... To a virtually packed house Anthony Petrucci performed songs that are on the CD release starting with those nominated by members of the audience by filling out a form pre-show. The show had two sets with an interval and Anthony used the changes plus one other to use three sets of stage costume, two 50s Elvis style and ending with the '68 Comeback white suit, all looking excellent.

To my surprise I must say I enjoyed the show.

Anthony Petrucci as Elvis
Anthony Petrucci as Elvis.

Anthony sang and performed well and indeed not only promoted the CD, served Elvis' memory well as a fan fortunate enough not only to be able to sing well, but come across effortlessly sounding a lot like Elvis on almost every song, with A Little Less Conversation getting I think the biggest response as people quickly recognized the music and indeed Anthony's performance was quite remarkable. Before I conclude, I would like to add that Anthony has developed an interesting 'trait' of 'Elvis jokes', that weren't, you recognize them clearly but the words are completely different and original which is a big plus to his performance.

The show ended with the top ten songs as voted by the Australian fans, 10-1, ending with An American Trilogy.

So to conclude, if you are at all interested in live shows, even if you are like me and don't normally go for impersonators, consider giving this a go. The shows are mostly sold out but there are tickets available..

All Photos by David Troedson © 2012

The Sony stand, selling the Elvis By Request CD and memorabilia.
The Sony stand, selling the Elvis By Request CD and memorabilia.

Friday November 2 : The Palms At Crown, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets from or 132 849

Saturday November 3 : Newcastle Wests, Newcastle, NSW
Tickets from or (02) 4935 1200

Friday November 9 : The Concourse - Concert Hall, Chatswood, NSW
Tickets from or 132 849

Saturday November 10 : The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, NSW
Tickets from or (02) 6581 8888

Friday November 16 : Southport RSL, Gold Coast, QLD
Tickets from the venue (07) 5552 4200

Saturday November 17 : Broncos Leagues Club, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets from or (07) 3858 9000

Friday November 23 : Revesby Workers Club, Revesby, NSW
Tickets from or (02) 9772 2100

Saturday November 24 : Canberra Southern Cross Club, Canberra, ACT
Tickets from, or (02) 6283 7288

Elvis By Request : The Tour.

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