My wife and I saw Engelbert last week, Oct.13th at a sold out Casino Rama engagement in Orillia, Ontario.
He still performs about a hundred shows per year, mostly in Europe and the US.
His show definitely reminds me that Elvis could've found a comfortable niche in his senior years ... Eng is 69, and paces his voice with songs like The Last Waltz and After The Lovin', mixed in with 3 octave showstoppers like Release Me, Too Young, and a showstopping version of Johnny Ray's Cry. You've got to hear Cry to believe it ... he zings up and down the octave scale in full voice ... no falsettos for this guy.
Twenty years ago you couldn't have convinced me to attend this concert. As I age, I've gained an appreciation for some of the same balladeers that Elvis counted as his contemporaries. To spend an evening with a singer who has honed his craft for 5 decades is a distinct pleasure.
Eng certainly has chosen a tight show band ... a great drummer, horn section, two keyboards, percussion, lead guitar, rythm guitar, arranger, sexy background singers, and a very fine female pianist.
Its not Elvis, but still a very charismatic, talented balladeer in the twighlight of his career.