Top Elvis impersonator Shawn Klush touring with the King's original band members
- Murray Robertson
- 2 November 2016
The King is dead – long live the King
'Elvis ain't dead,' proclaimed Scouting for Girls in 2007 in a tawdry attempt to exploit the name of a legendary cultural icon for commercial gain. But, of course, he is. Now, almost four decades since the King passed on, his original band members are touring the UK in a lavish production led by the world's most successful Elvis tribute artist.
Elvis impersonator Shawn Klush first came to attention on the BBC's 'World's Greatest Elvis' before being crowned as the first ever 'Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Champion' in the King's home town of Memphis, Tennessee.
Klush has since gone on to tour across the US, South America, Europe and Australia, and is now set to return to the UK with his live band, orchestra and original Elvis band members, The Sweet Inspirations.
Original band member Estelle Brown, 71, says of Klush, 'Shawn is the closest that anyone will ever get to him. I'm not saying he's exactly Elvis, but he's as close as anyone will ever get. We have a wonderful time working together.'
Shawn Klush – Elvis World Tour dates:
Thu 3 Nov – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Fri 4 Nov – Preston Guild Hall
Sat 5 Nov – Sheffield Arena
Sun 6 Nov – Edinburgh Playhouse
Tue 8 Nov – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
Wed 9 Nov – Orchard Theatre, Dartford
Sat 13 May – SECC, Glasgow
Mon 15 May – Bristol Hippodrome
Fri 19 May – Liverpool Echo Arena
Tickets on sale now.