TCB Band & Mick Gerace back in Australia
the fabulous success of last year's Australian concerts,
it's great news that Elvis' original TCB Band & Myrna
Smith are returning once again to perform with Mick
new show celebrates Elvis' life & music with a specially-themed
"50th Anniversary Concert." If you have never seen
the TCB Band perform, here is the chance to find out
why they are rated as one of the world's best groups.
front man Mick Gerace is impressive in the way that
he interacts with this legendary band showing just
the right amount of humility and a great sense of
In the 2003 concerts the TCB Band obviously enjoyed working
with him too, and there was a noticeable special rapport
between them on-stage.
guitarist & band leader James Burton told EIN, "The regular
Elvis impersonators just don't have it. But someone like
Mick Gerace who has a great voice and can just be a normal
performer and sing all those great songs is fine by me.
We all had the best time playing with him on stage."
year's concerts offer something new as Mick and The TCB
Band also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Birth of
Rock 'n' Roll and the release of Elvis' very first recording
"That's All Right." Elvis & James Burton EIN talked with
Mick Gerace to find out what excitements are planned this
- What is going to be different about the shows this year
compared with last year's concerts?
- We want to recapture the importance of all of Elvis' music,
and being the 50th Anniversary of Elvis' first recording,
we are going to feature a special segment on his earlier
classic songs. There's going to be a special sit-down jam
session, a little like the 68 Comeback Special, where the
TCB guys & I will play and also talk about Elvis' earlier
songs. It is also the 35th anniversary of when the TCB band
started playing with Elvis in Las Vegas and so we'll probably
celebrate that by kicking off with a few dynamic Vegas type
songs. We've also been talking about ending the first half
of the show with 'If I Can Dream' which will be a real buzz.
- I really enjoyed it last year when you played some of
Elvis' rarer live songs like 'My Boy' & 'Don't Cry Daddy'.
- The boys really enjoyed those kind of songs because they
hadn't played them in a long time. It was funny at rehearsals
with James Burton sitting on a chair and really wanting
to get a feel for the songs. He asked me to repeat verses
a few times just so he could understand the emotion of the
songs, and that is what makes his playing so extraordinary.
I also have plans to do 'Reconsider Baby' and give James
a chance to really let rip and play a huge solo. It's a
song that Elvis often returned to, out of the blue. I just
love his version from the Madison Square Garden afternoon
concert, it's so great. EIN - Have you been in contact with
the band & Myrna recently and are they looking forward to
returning to Australia? MG - I've been talking with Glenn
& James very recently. I also spoke to Ronnie Tutt too who
said how disappointed he was that he couldn't make this
tour because of his other commitments. But Ronnie did say
how he looks forward to doing something again with us in
the near future, which was really nice of him. All of them
said how much they really enjoyed Australia and can't wait
to come back here. They had a great time last year & everyone
"clicked" really well with the rest of the band. I've spoken
to Myrna Smith too, who I originally met when I was touring
in Hong Kong - she's a truly marvellous person and such
- You're right and it will be a real surprise for everyone.
I have written a song about Elvis and his life, which looks
at it through a story and through my own thoughts. My daughter
has helped me write the lyrics and helped capture my real
emotions. She is very talented and has written 20 songs of
her own. I think it's a beautiful song and it should work
really well within the show.
- How are the tickets selling and are there anymore
VIP tickets left for meeting the band?
- They have been selling very well, especially for
the Saturday concert. If people want VIP tickets and
to meet the band, then we do have a few left for Friday
night. The VIPs for Saturday night are pretty well
- I have heard rumours that you have been writing
a special song for the concert, is that true?
- I see that you will be performing a few "Hollywood movie
songs" on stage, now some of those songs were not Elvis'
- You are right, however we will be playing just a few classics
that we have had a lot of requests for like 'Viva Las Vegas'
and of course 'Rubberneckin' was a movie song too! Another
one is 'Hawaiian Wedding Song' which is a favourite of mine
and one that Elvis loved performing in his later concerts.
- Are you using the same extra backing section as last year?
- This time we've expanded the brass section with extra
sax players and the pianist Glenn from my band will also
be working on string arrangements which will make is a really
big sound, even better than last year.
- Thanks for all the info Mick, I'm looking forward to a
- We still have some extra surprises planned, so make sure
you don't miss it!
an eye on the EIN Website www.elvisinfonet.com
for more updates soon.
Gerace talked with EIN's Piers
Beagley on 20 Sep 2004