MEET ELVIS PRESLEY'S
ORIGINAL BACKING GROUP FROM 1969-1977
THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS
DIRECT FROM USA
LIVE IN CONCERT IN LANCS
As Elvis mania continues to grip the UK with the smash hit Elvis The Concert tour, the people in UK have the chance to meet up-close The Sweet Inspirations – the backing group who sang with the King for the eight years up until his death.
Following on from the appearances in UK, and Manchester MEN on Sunday 8th May which re-unites Elvis Presleys former bandmates, The Sweet Inspirations can be seen at eight venues across the UK from 21st to 30th May 2005.
Performing live in concert at
Blackburn King Georges Hall Theatre
May 28th 2005
where Elvis fans will also have the chance to meet
The Sweet Inspirations up-close and in person.
The backing group - who sang with the King in Vegas and on his national concert tours of America from 1969 to 1977, are staying on in the UK for a series of unique performances alongside Louis Rockafella – The Spirit of Elvis, The UK’s leading Elvis lookalike and soundalike.
The Sweet Inspirations performed with Elvis up until his death in 1977 and completed a staggering 1,126 shows with him, in just eight years, while also working with Elvis' in the studio and on his last recording session at his Graceland home.
Louis Rockafella, who is the official BMG / RCA / HMV Elvis Impersonator for Elvis Presley music releases in UK, has been planning the tour for four years and said: “For me it’s a dream come true sharing the stage with the brilliant trio who were ever-presents for him from 1969 to 1977 – the performing period of his life that features in my own act.”
He added: “As this is a special year for Elvis fans with the release of his 18 number ones and the 70th anniversary of his birth, I expect the concerts to be highly charged emotional events.”
The idea for the tour came when the award-wining lookalike and soundalike, who performs as The Spirit of Elvis, met with Sweet Inspirations leader Myrna Smith while attending an Elvis Festival, in Portage, Indiana in 2001. Louis was one of the special guest Elvis performers, while Myrna was singing on backing vocals along with a nine-piece band.
Louis said: “Myrna’s band took their name from the hit single “Sweet Inspiration”, which was released in 1968 and it was this song that brought the then foursome – which at the time also included Whitney Houston’s mother Cissy – to the attention of Elvis. They started touring with him in 1969 and continued to back him as a trio when Cissy left to pursue a solo career.”
The Spirit of Elvis & The Sweet Inspirations Concert recreates Elvis live in concert during the 70's especially the years from 1973 to the last concert in 1977. The Sweet Inspirations will open the show by performing a few numbers from their latest CD, before the entrance of The Spirit of Elvis live on stage, where they will perform backing vocals for the rest of the show. Backed by The Dixie Mafia Band. During the 2hr show, over 30 Elvis songs will be covered, including hits such as Suspicious Minds, Wonder of You and Way Down, and also big concert favourites such as You Gave Me A Mountain, My Boy and American Trilogy.
Louis commented on his plans for the event, “The sensational songs, the glamorous suits and the very talented musicians. All this plus Elvis Presley’s original female vocal backup group from 1969-77 The Sweet Inspirations, my aim is to bring something new to the audiences in UK, an original combination, authentic concept and truly spectacular show”
Louis Rockafella and The Sweet Inspirations will also be available after the shows to meet fans for photos, autographs, sign copies of their current CD’s and answer any questions. The Sweet Inspirations spent many years with Elvis at his home in Graceland and on the road. They have many fascinating stories and experiences that they like to share with fans.
The Spirit of Elvis
The Sweet Inspirations
Direct from USA
Backed by The Dixie Mafia Band
will be appearing at
King Georges Hall Theatre
28th May 2005
from 7.30pm Tickets are £18 and £15 concessions
Tickets available from the venue box office
Tel: 01254 582582 online www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Further information: www.thesweetinspirations.co.uk
Tel Janet Fella: 01704 840778 / 07050 292640
Rockafella, PO Box 200, Ormskirk, L40 8WX
Rockafella home page for bookings and enquiries
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