he was better than my expectations! he really gave the crowd their moneys worth. he does'nt sound that much like him, i can even do better than that., but the way he looks the way he moves is JUST like Elvis! i'm not kidding ya, sometimes i thought it was Elvis on that stage. he is truly fantastic!
i wrote the set line up as it went
at 9pm, Max came out dressed as EP in the 50s, he looked just like him! maybe he has had plastic surgery, but he was pretty good to look at. he was probably 6 foot tall, maybe more, he came out ina brown stripy jacket and brown baggy pants.
good rockin tonight-this was a good opening. he is so uncanny at the moves! his voice is o.k, but not overly good, listenable,and not directly like Elvis, more sounding like himself too, like i do
treat me nice
then he talked to the crowd. of course, this is an Elvis tribute artist, so he had to act like he was EP, which i thought was a bit weird. he said 'thank you very much, you're a fantastic audience...we're gonna do all the songs you wanna hear, all 429 of em (obviously from Aloha) it could take a few days, but... he sounded a little bit like Elvis talking, but he did'nt parody him at least
don't-he changed some of the words around in this, and came to a lady in front of my table and took her hand and sang to her. i was front row on the right, so he was right in front of me
return to sender/follow that dream/rock a hula baby- the moves he did on this were so good, like i've said, just like EP in the 50s. then he went backstage to change for the second part of the show
trouble/guitarman- then Max came out in the 68 leather outfit, he looked good at it, but he looked pretty old in it. the guy must be over 40, maybe 45. then he went to trouble/guitarman, which was'nt a overly special delivery
mystery train/tigerman-during tigerman, Max did the move round the mic stand move that EP does in TTWII, but in his leather outfit, which was a bit of a mistake, when he did the move, this really bright, white strobe light flashed, it was so hard to look at him through the light, and it made his movements look like they were going frame by frame, pretty cool
are you lonesome tonight-he did ok at this, he included the line' and wish u had hair', which he laughed, and he even laughs just like Elvis! he then did the spoken part, he looked at a woman across my table, he spoke the words and then said 'who-am-i-talking to?!''
a little less conversation-appropriate, since this was recorded during the 68 comeback recording sessions. he said 'a record that just did very well for me ladies and gentlemen, its a combination of country and rap, its crap'. he laughed at that,and so did we
heartbreak hotel/houndog/all shook up-during houndog, Max did the shakes that Elvis does, and it looked awesome!
jailhouse rock-at the end of this, Max did the legs swings like he did on 'got a lot o livin to do' on 'lovin you'. it looked good
then a 15 minute intermission, and then, the best part of the show
also sprach zarathrusta/see see rider-the piano was really clear on this, and the drums were awesome, then Max came out looking AWESOME in his white pyramid suit, with a new belt, instead of the champion ship belt. i immediately started cheering, every stud on the suit flashed and looked really cool.he looked about the same weight Elvis was on EOT, maybe a little bigger. he had the glasses on that EP only wore once in concert, but they looked good on him. he did some cool guitar poses, and did a good delivery of see see rider
burning love-done in a different key, this was pretty good
then another welcome to the audience, and he started taking off his scarf, and then introduced the next song as 'a song the beatles did in 1912'
something-i was realy suprised, Max delivered this song beautifully, helped also by the female backup singer in soprano. this was one of the best songs he did, he sounded real nice. then he called out 'mountain!', and i knew it was 'you gave me a mountain', i was quite happy
you gave me a mountain-not as good as EP does of course, Max spoke the words from 'she took my pride and my joy' onwards till the end of the verse. it was ok
you don't have to say you love me-good delivery
polk salad annie- i was gonna request this, but when the bass line started, i was so excited. at the end, the band went REALLY wild, but he only did a continuous arm movement that did'nt even get wilder as the ending got better. i was a little disappointed, but the drummer gave polk salad a new and cool beat!
my way-Max read the words to the first verse, then threw the lyric sheet away, just like Elvis did. he did o.k on this one, but did'nt get the note on the end
little sister/get back-he included the line 'eevrytime i see your sister..', which i dunno if EP did in concert, then he went in to 'get back', which included a line i'd never heard before, and it was'nt 'jo jo was a man...'
lovin you-then he said he was gonna do 'love me tender', but instead he
lovin you, which sounded pretty good. then he kissed women and gave out scarves to extend 'love me tender' to about 4 minutes. he came to one woman and said 'i'm gonna let you have this ring,...no i can't do that', quite funny
all shook up- he rocked this one
blue suede shoes-he did the growl that you hear in Aloha, it was o.k
teddy bear/don't be cruel-o.k
i can't stop lovin you-o.k, not very powerful, at the end, before he did 'in dreams of yesterday', he said 'i gotta get the belt in the right place', but he did'nt even get the note!
fever-this was o.k, but at the end, just as in Aloha, he quickly got down and it looked real cool
welcome to my world-o.k
suspicious minds-he rocked! he got the movements spot on and it looked real cool. that annoying strobe light came up again, but i had to watch him through it
band introductions-he siad 'i'd like to introduce my group to you, but its not worth it'. while introducing the guitar player, he said 'this guy has played with paul anka, tom jones....but we could'nt get him tonight, instead we got this guy. the drummer got a minute and a half solo, and he played just as hard as Ronnie Tutt, he was awesome! the whole band was really talented
johnny b.goode-this was o.k
american trilogy-i was quite pleased to hear this, he delivered this well, but without the high note, but with the passion
big hunk o'love- a different key, ok
can't help falling in love'at the end, he did'nt have his cape! i was a bit disappointed. but i could not complain. it was a fantastic show, i got an autograph and a c.d, and its realy worth going to. of couse,NO ONE is going to replace Elvis, but as a tribute, he is DAMN good! i recommend you go to his show, he'll be worth your money!!!!!!!