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10-14-2005, 12:16 PM
are elvis tributes a good or bad thing?
not talkingabout some ***** in a wig and a cheap tacky jumpsuit but the tributes who really are fans.
10-14-2005, 12:35 PM
I think that if it's done in a respectful manner and is truly a tribute by another artist, that it's a GREAT thing! I love to hear how other performers recreate Elvis' music. Some keep it traditional, while others try to do their own thing with it! I think that Elvis himself would have loved to hear how others rebirthed his music.
For example, I think Billy Joel did an awesome job on his performances on the "Honeymoon In Vegas" soundtrack!
I stayed away from tribute shows for years.
Last summer I was in Las Vegas and Trent Carlini was doing his tribute at the LV Hilton and i wanted to see it.
He was terrific because he was a performer in his own right and didn't just do an impersonation. He sang like Elvis and moved like Elvis but he kept it in the right proportion. He really did his homework and didn't make any mistakes. It was respectful and well done.
Since then I've started going to more ETA shows hoping they'd be as much fun. Almost all have been disappointing--even the top notch ones. I did like Irv Cass, though.
it makes me nuts when you see a guy who spends the whole night shaking like that's all Elvis ever did. My wife is more of a casual fan and I have to explain to her that Elvis didn't do goofy things like alot of the ETA's
Raised on Rock
10-14-2005, 02:58 PM
Depends which kind of Tribute were talking about...
Things Like John Lennon with no particular reason other than been a die hard Elvis Fan shouting with all his lungs: "ELvis I Love You" at the end of his own rendition of Hound DOg in a concert at tHe MSG in '72, or his version of My Baby Left Me in '75; well thats the kind of tribute that I enjoy very much, thats an artist respected in his own terms simply expressing his love or admiration for Elvis in his own way, with no intentions to look or sound like him at all.
In that same line I enjoyed Peal Jam´s rendition of "Can´t help Falling In Love" when they played in Memphis some years ago, as well as U2's-Bono performance of that same song.
Not very well know, there is a song writen by Bob Dylan in '70 about him going to las Vegas To see Elvis, the song is called: Going To See The Gypsy, thats somekind of a tribute that I enjoy, specialy coming from someone like Dylan.
Theres the Jimi Hendrix version of BLue Suede Shoes, inspired by Elvis not by Perkins, that was a studio Jam, with Hendrix singing some lines of Heartbreak Hotel before the Jam started.
Have you ever heard the Velvet Underground version of Little Sister?
THere are some references tO ELvis on Jim Morrison poetry book, and Jack Kerouac in '56 thought and write that ELvis was all right! Allen Ginsberg declared: ELvis: Rock and Roll Star on poem he wrote in '77 short after The king died.
Lots of people don´t like it, but I think John Cale´s version of Heartbreak Hotel is one of the greatest covers done on an Elvis song, thats a tribute by an artist in his own terms, not a lousy fat stupid impersonactor on a convention just damaging Elvis image.
10-14-2005, 03:37 PM
I like them (tributes) if those are good and if they really seems to be real... Know what I mean?
If tributes are made by famous people is even better. They're recognizing that Elvis' work is the best.
10-14-2005, 10:42 PM
here is my version of 'indescribably blue', i'm not an impersonator, just a 15 yer old who likes to sing. hope u like it
10-14-2005, 11:14 PM
hmm i don't think that worked, lets try this
10-14-2005, 11:23 PM
can anyone online now pm me so i can get this som***** to work?
Raised on Rock
10-15-2005, 12:35 PM
Could?t open Indesribably Blue, I ve just heard Good Times Charlie... sounds all right man! Ill try to keep my voice a little bit more relaxed on that one. THanks for sharing.
10-15-2005, 04:01 PM
i'm with almost everyone on this. If they are tastefully done and done well, seriously by a serious well grounded person, it's ok. I think Elvis saw Bill Haney perform in the 70's and liked him. I think he said something like" Hell he does Elvis better than me!"
There are some flakes that think 'hey, I'm overweight but I can shake my leg and curl my lip! I can do Elvis 77" It's a farce and sacriledge if you ask me. Elvis did not look or act like that in 77 or any other time in his life.
I do like the personal tributes in song, poetry, prose etc.. Those are especially nice, like "Black Velvet", Cheap Trick's "Don't be Cruel", "walking in Memphis" to name a few.
10-15-2005, 08:14 PM
good time charlie worked? great man! thanks for your comments ROR, glad you liked it. i hope you see that i'm the kind of singer who wants to pay tribute to Elvis, because if there were more singers that did that, i think it'd be a lot better.
10-16-2005, 11:02 PM
mate, i'm a singer/songwriter, and i gotta compliment you on your singing. you sound really good! you deserve the response you got in Memphis. song is a groov tune too. well done
have u had any singing training like i have? i'd like to hear a bit about you my friend
10-16-2005, 11:27 PM
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