One Night of Elvis
Lee ‘Memphis’ King
New Victoria Theatre, Woking
Reviewed by Christine Charlesworth
On Saturday 11 January I visited the New Victoria Theatre in Woking to see Lee ‘Memphis’ King, an Elvis tribute artist, present his new show.
The theatre was thronging with people, mostly of the generation who would remember the real Elvis in his prime, but also a smattering of younger people. This was obviously a ‘sell out’. Prior to the performance and during the interval, the lounge area of the Piano Bar was extremely busy, as were the other bars on the upper level and I overheard quite a few conversations from people comparing their favourite Elvis songs and memories of the Elvis days. One lady confided that she had loved Elvis ever since she bought his very first record and this would be the third time she had been to see Lee ‘Memphis’ King. She went on to tell that she had also visited ‘Graceland’ and explained how heartbroken she had been when Elvis died.
The stage was set for the 8 piece band and a large screen at the back showed clips of Elvis which added to the authentic atmosphere. The band came on first and we had a few moments of anticipation before Lee ‘Memphis’ King strode across the stage, clad in tight-fitting leather and sporting a wonderful Elvis quiff and thick sideburns. The audience loved him. The splayed legs and typical hip moves were excellent, although I was a little worried at one time that he may perhaps split his tight black leather trousers. Unfortunately he did not actually play the electric guitar which, initially, I found a little distracting. However, his performance livened up considerably after he asked for the house lights to be put up and he was able to introduce himself properly to the audience and tell us about this latest tour, a tribute based on the ‘68 Comeback Special’ Elvis tour and the ad-lib TV programme at that time. This performance was only the second of the tour and Woking was the first venue.
The costumes were extremely authentic, the music was great and the audience was delighted, with much foot tapping and even some singing-along. Lee ‘Memphis’ King certainly lived up to his reputation of being the best Elvis Presley tribute artist in the world.
I would recommend anyone who enjoys Elvis music to go along to this show, which is touring the country for ‘one night only’ at 21 venues.
For more information, tour dates or to book tickets for One Night of Elvis visit www.leememphisking.com.
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