"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)


"History has him as this good old country boy, Elvis is about as country as Bono!"

(Jerry Schilling)






Greg Page, Mick Gerace & the TCB Band concert review

by Piers Beagley

Lucky Sydney gets a real treat! In an exciting one-off Sydney event, James Burton & Glen D. Hardin from Elvis’ TCB band combined forces with Greg Page (Yellow Wiggle) and Mick Gerace to highlight what is so important about Elvis and his music.

The first half of the night featured Greg Page performing a selection of his country music favourites.

Not only did Page have the excitement of being on stage with two of the world’s finest musicians, but they were also supported by a fabulous 10 piece band & a 12 piece string section.

The full sound was superb, and this was a rare opportunity to appreciate several Elvis songs, that he had never performed in concert himself, being played live by his own fabulous musicians.

It was a delight to hear songs like ‘Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall’ & ‘She Thinks I Still Care’, and the orchestra also provided that extra special feel to delicate songs like ‘Mary In The Morning’ & ‘Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain’.

James Burton’s excellent guitar picking blended nicely with Ed Bates’ steel guitar, while Chantelle Ormandy also added some soulful backing vocals to the overall sound.

‘Loving Arms’ was beautiful and included some tremendous delicate guitar playing from James Burton, while ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ showcased Glen D. Hardin’s excellent arrangement.

Greg Page told some fine stories and was astoundingly self-depreciating! He told the audience that he couldn’t even try to sing like Elvis, while at the same performing admirable renditions of rare Elvis numbers and also focussing on other country artists. His version of Bob Willis’ ‘Time Changes Everything’ was a highlight and the crowd sure appreciated him rockin’ out with ‘Lawdy Miss Clawdy’, and also getting "a little bit raucous" on ‘Honky Tonk Women’!

The finale of ‘Sweet Caroline’ had the whole audience singing along, and even the Elvis look-alike dropped his cool and joined in, waving his hands in the air! This was sadly the last night of Greg Page’s tour through country New South Wales and he deserves a commendation since ticket sales from the tour, along with profits from the sale of his new ‘Taking Care Of Country’ CD, are all going to fund charities in the country NSW area.

Mick Gerace presented his "In The Spirit Of Elvis" show as the second part of the concert. With the country-music side of Elvis already featured this gave Gerace the chance to push the musicians even further.

Playing to a home-town crowd, Gerace was on top form and I have never seen him so loose, confident and performing so well. He bounced onto the stage, full of energy & ready to rock.

His performance was inspiring and this encouraged James Burton & Glen D. Hardin, along with the rest of the band, to rise to the challenge. Tonight all the songs, including ‘The Wonder Of You’, ‘Proud Mary’, ‘Just Can’t Help Believing’, were performed with that little bit extra.

Gerace allowed plenty of space for James Burton & Glen D Hardin to show off their fabulous skills while he also had a lot of fun - and it was very infectious! ‘Big Hunk ‘o’ Love’ got the added line of "I got a wishbone in my pants" and there were grins all around.

It was truly like an Elvis "closing night" concert, where the pressure is off and the band can play just for the joy of making great music. ‘Polk Salad Annie’ was one highlight where Mick stepped back and let the band rip. With James Burton picking some fine guitar, Mick let him keep on playing and, with a shrug of his shoulders, playfully said to the crowd, "I’m just going where he’s going!" ‘Steamroller Blues’, ‘American Trilogy’, ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ - all the favourites were packed into an amazingly tight set. A new addition was an excellent rendition of ‘Hurt’, an appropriate nod to Elvis’ feelings in his final years.

This was a night where the TCB Band & Mick Gerace performed like never before. They were cookin’ to perfection and it was a sizzling performance that would give any Elvis performer, or imitator, a real run for their money.

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