"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)


"Absolute id crashed into absolute superego...as the uptightset man in America shook hands with just about the loosest."

(Mark Feeney on the 'Elvis meets Nixon' meeting)


"Elvis is everywhere"

(Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper)


"...especially in the South, they talk about Elvis and Jesus in the same breath"

(Michael Ventura, LA Weekly)


"The image is one thing and the human being is another...it's very hard to live up to an image"


(Elvis Presley, Madison Square Garden press conference, 1972)


"Elvis was a major hero of mine. I was actually stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something"

(David Bowie)


"No-one, but no-one, is his equal, or ever will be. He was, and is supreme"

(Mick Jagger)


"I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother...there'll never be another like that soul brother"

(Soul legend, James Brown)


"Before Elvis there was nothing!"

(John Lennon)


"There were rock 'n' roll records before Heartbreak Hotel, but this was the one that didn't just open the door…it literally blasted the door off its rusted, rotten, anachronistic hinges…. producing....no propelling...an unstoppable, fundamental and primordial shift in not only musical... but social, political and cultural history"

(JNP, BBC website)

















































































































































































































































































Almost Elvis: Mark Andrew in concert review

Elvis Leaves His Mark Around Australia.

Melbourne, August 26th 2005.

Acclaimed Australian Elvis Tribute Artist Mark Andrew has just wound up another successful tour of the country with his energetic and highly entertaining show "Elvis Leaves His Mark".  With dates that included Victoria, country NSW and Canberra,  Aussie fans were treated to some spectacular performances, particularly during August , marking the 28th anniversary of Elvis’ death. . (Photo right, Mark in Adonis suit)

Mark has been paying tribute to Elvis for over 9 years now and his dedication to putting on an authentic show is obvious.  With a dazzling wardrobe of  intricate costumes, dancing show girls, a glittering stage and a rockin 12 piece band, the audience is taken on a journey of  musical masterpieces from the 50’s through to the 70’s.   Mark has the moves, the voice, and above all an obvious respect for the man whose memory he is keeping alive.

The last show on this tour played to a crowd of over 400 fans in Melbourne at the opulent Grand Star Receptions Venue.  The dinner show was a complete sell out and the atmosphere was not unlike one would have imagined the Las Vegas Hilton to be back in the late 60’s/early 70’s.  For over 2 hours, the audience was treated to a plethora of Elvis hits from all different eras along with a visually dazzling performance. 

Dressed in the glittering Gold Lame’ suit that Elvis made famous back in 1957,  Mark belted out songs such as ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, ‘Don’t’ Be Cruel’, ‘A Fool Such As I’ and ‘Such A Night’.  A segment of "movie hits" was a definite crowd pleaser as many rocked along to songs such as ‘Little Egypt’, ‘Kissing Cousins’ and ‘Follow That Dream’. Another real treat was an "Unplugged" set where Mark emerged in a black leather suit and recreated the 1968 Comeback Special jamming with the guys on  stage to ‘That’s Alright Mama’, ‘Trouble’ and ‘Guitar Man’.  The first half of the show ended poignantly with Mark changing into the ‘If I Can Dream’ white suit and singing that tune with true passion and soul.

After a brief intermission, the first strings of 2001 A Space Odyssey, sent shivers through the audience who shrieked in anticipation.  Dressed in an amazing replica of Elvis’ Adonis Jumpsuit, Mark tore into ‘CC Rider’ and performed an exhilarating second half to the show – with hits such as ‘Suspicious Minds’, ‘I Cant Stop Loving You’, ‘Polk Salad Annie’ and ‘The Wonder of You’.  As the show came to a close with ‘Cant Help Falling In Love With You’ he left the crowd cheering for more, then disappeared in the awesome 1962 Cadillac he had recently purchased from the States.

Mark Andrew has performed in Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong and Memphis  during Elvis week, but it is in Australia that he has made a name for himself as this country’s most authentic Elvis  Tribute Artist.  He will once again headline the 3 day Elvis Festival in Parkes in January for the birthday celebrations and plans to take his full band show back on the road again early next year. 

For updates and further information, visit his website at www.elvisleaveshismark.com

Reviewed by Vera Tschechowa, EIN 2005.

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"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"

(Dr. Gary Enders)


" Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"



"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"

(humorist Dave Barry)


"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"

(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")


"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"

(Nick Tosches)


"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"

(Carl Perkins)


"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"

(Bob Dylan)


"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"

(Sir Paul McCartney)