Band and Mick Gerace rock Sydney!!!
like ‘Always On My Mind’, ‘My Boy’ & ‘Help Me’ were performed and
Mick nicely acknowledged how they fitted into Elvis’ musical legacy.
Mick also showed just the right amount of humility and a great sense
of humour when he reacted with the band, as well as teasing the audience!
For me, the highlight of the whole show were the huge smiles and knowing
winks from all the members of the TCB Band as they played together.
the first performance of their ‘In The Spirit Of Elvis’ Australian
tour, Elvis' legendary TCB band proved to the packed Sydney
Casino Theatre why they are rated as one of the world’s best
groups. Australian Mick Gerace was the perfect lead singer,
showing what a great voice & range he has, while never falling
into the trap of trying to over-imitate The King.
is where Elvis impersonators so often get it wrong, but Mick
Gerace performed just for the love of the music and the chance
to sing with such an outstanding group. All your favourites
were there, but they also included a few important songs that
you could never hear at the ‘Elvis: The Concert’ Show.
was obvious just how much they were enjoying the music & the show
along with all of us. They all got a chance to work out, and among
highlights were the brilliant blues of ‘Steamroller’ and a delicious
‘American Trilogy’. Backup singer Nadine Cook’s beautiful flute
solo got the round of applause that it truly deserved. James Burton’s
guitar playing shone as always and he did some fabulous chickin’-pickin’
work on ‘Johnny B. Goode’ and an outstanding ‘Burnin’ Love’.
Scheff and Ronnie Tutt were as dependable as ever on the rhythm
section while another treat was the fact that Mick Gerace asked
all of the band members to tell a little story about working with
Elvis! Pianist Glen D Hardin was just delightful. He had such a
huge grin on his face that you would have thought that he had never
had the chance to play ‘Teddy Bear’ or ‘A Big Hunk O’ Love’ on stage
before in his life!
band interaction was such a thrill to see and it was obvious how
much they were enjoying working with Mick Gerace. With the TCB band
also complemented by a live horn section, keyboard strings, along
with some excellent rhythm guitar work by Mike Conway, the sound
was as good as Elvis in concert.
real added bonus was the late addition of ‘Sweet Inspiration’ Myrna
Smith to the backing group. Looking beautiful, & not a day older
than when she appeared in the film ‘That’s the Way It Is’, her voice
was the perfect soulful accompaniment. She laughed and danced the
whole way through the show and was yet one more reason that you
see this band on tour. Make sure you don't miss out on the future
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