Keeping His Memory Alive: Part Five

The photo below is one I took of the Aloha sign at Steve Michaels' June 24th, 2017 mega production at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, ON.  It isn't a great photo, but it does have a nice 1950's vibe that I like...almost like a faded postcard. 

Aloha sign

In Part Four of Keeping His Memory Alive, I discussed costuming and touched on the topic of competition.  In Parts Five and Six, I look at performance and fan reaction.

Keeping His Memory Alive:  Part Five - Performance

Performance counts for 40% of your total score, as does vocals.  Each competition likely has its own system of judging, but the Vegas competition application form is worth a look because it is precise in the breakdown of the marking system and provides helpful guidelines for potential competitors.

It is somewhat surprising that performance and vocals count equally in the overall score.  Elvis' movements were so distinctive that you could see his shadow and know it was him; but unless you have "the voice", few will buy your CDs that you will want to sell at your concerts.  If you also wish to sell DVDs in which you replicate Elvis on stage, you will need to learn the moves that match each song.  Keep in mind that the audience and judges can access the same Elvis movies and concerts that you watch; so be accurate, don't improvise--at least not in competition.  If I see an ETA making a move I don't recognize, which often happens because I am a new fan, I check my computer to see if I can find a reference for the move.  I also check costuming.  Did Elvis wear that red and black scarf with a black suit?  When did Elvis tug at his army shirt?  Perhaps other fans aren't so obsessed with authenticity, but I am because I am interested why certain artists' careers have longevity.  I think it is down to how much attention is paid to details in keeping The King's memory alive.  Steve Michaels once said of his performances: "If Elvis didn't do it on stage, I won't do it on stage."  Steve's integrity has led to worldwide recognition and a fan base that recently reached a million. (Information was obtained from a flyer advertising upcoming concerts.  The number was 750,000 in 2015).  However, to keep the interest of your fans, and to make your live concerts enjoyable to perform, you will likely want to add personal touches that make your tribute unique.  Keep in mind that you are honouring an icon.  Ask yourself, "Is what I am doing on stage something Elvis would have done?"