Well I agree on most. I for myself being Elvis Tribute Artist/ Impersonator what ever you want to call us. I think it great idea EPE finally did step in. I could have done Country music if I wanted but since I loved Elvis and I wanted to do something to show my love to him. I've been doing it now for 4 years now and met a lot of his family members and friend that I think if I wasn't in business I would not have gotten to know on personal level. So I think it was great because they might wing out the JOKES and ones that make MOCKERY out of it. For me I take a lot of time and money into my show in past 4 years I think I've put almost $40,000.00 just in stage lights, and sound and etc. Am I braggin Idon't know but it was worth every penny that I spent. When a Elvis Fan comes up to me and says Thank You For bring back so many memories. The greatest memory I have doing this is a 7 year old boy coming in with baggy pants and his hat on sideways. His mother came up to me and said this is my son and I brought him here to show him different kinds of music other than Rap. 3 1/2 hours later the little boy comes up to me and says "You know I listen to rap, but I think that Elvis music is really awesome I'm going have my mommy pick me up a CD."
THAT THE REASON why I do this.
But it comes being in part of the business, you have people that like us or hate us. But until you really get to know that Elvis Impersonator don't judge them because you have no idea why they are doing this and meaning behind it. You can usually tell which ones love Elvis and which ones just to do to make Joke out of it.
Love to all,
Tim Dudley "A Tribute To Elvis Show"