vendredi 10 octobre 2008

ELVIS 2008 The TCB Band @ Grand Rex Paris Oct 9th 2008

Elvis 2008 Feat; The TCB Band @ Paris Grand Rex Oct 9th 2008
Elvis' french fan club is doing a lot for his fans there is a shop in the heart of Paris near Place Notre Dame des Victoires and they are doing gigs with former Elvis' musicians.
Terry Mike Jeffrey ( Elvis ) & Jerry Scheff ( right )

Last year the gig took place at the Palais des Congres this time it's at the Beautiful theatre Le Grand Rex .
It's quite full but not Sold out maybe the tickets are a bit expensive ( up to 65 euros ). Anyone under 50 seems to have been banned for the venue , almost !
First we have french band Tony Marlow 's doing a few rock covers they are join later by french Elvis Ricky Norton . They did a decent job maybe they should work a bit their english but they are entertaining and it's always funny so see Frenchies rock.
There's a short intermission , a guy on stage is trying to sell us some shit : a cd of virtual duets with unknown singers and Elvis . In the Lobby there's a lot of merchendising to buy , everything you can dream of if you're an Elvis fan ( dvds, cds , books , tShirts ... )They should have done a special poster for this event , too bad !!!

Glen Hardin ( left ) James Burton ( right ) with singer

Then we have the proper concert with Terry Mike Jeffrey on vocals, impersonating Elvis 70's style ( the guy is perfectly fit maybe he should work his peanut butter belly LoL) , Glen Hardin on piano , Jerry Scheff on bass and James Burton on guitar. Ronnie Tutt is excused and Paul Leim is on drums. This is the TCB Band.
The Imperials ( the boys ) are here too on backing vocals so are the Sweet Inspirations ( the girls ); Let's not forget Joe Guercio and his orchestra .
In all there are more than 25 people on stage .

Jerry & Glen

Show started as usual with famous intro " Also Spacht Zarathustra " ( theme from 2001 : a space oddissey ) first song of course is " see see rider" . Jeeezzzz it's like being back into 1972 at the MSG in New York city . Incredible .
The band is on top form and the singer is perfect , his voice is great and he's not trying to imitate Elvis' stage moves at all . Singers doing it are so ridiculous.
The setlist ? well just have a look at the "MSG 72 " or the " Aloha from Hawaii 73". Halfway through the gig the Imperials are doing a song on their own ( a cappella ) then the Sweet Inspirations are doing a couple of Gospel songs ( including Happy days ) Elvis loved gospel music . Both vocal bands sing one together then back to rock' n roll .
We even have the " Elvis has left the building" at the end.
Just great !!!

Complete Setlist : Courtesy of
C.C Rider/That's All Right Mama
I got a woman
Steamroller blues
You Gave Me A Mountain
Never Been To Spain
Big Boss Man
Marry In The Morning (new song)
What Now My Love
Polk Salad Annie
It's Midnight (new song)
I Can't Stop Loving You (with false start)
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
Johnny B .Good
Terry présente ses enfants présents dans le public.
Bridge Over Troubled Water
The Imperials (
Terry Blackwood, Sherman Andruss, Joe Moscheo )
This Train
Sweet Sweet Spirit
The Imperials & The Sweet Inspirations ( Myrna Smith; Estelle Brown et Portia Griffin.)
Oh Happy Day
Le cast au grand complet
How great thou art
A Big Hunk O' Love
Just Pretend
Suspicious Minds
American Trilogy
Can't Help Falling In Love
" Closing Vamp "

The Imperials & The Sweet Inspirations ( left ) James Burton A/S ( right )

There is an After Show all musicians and singers are coming back into the venue to sign autographs and sell their Photos ( 10 euros each , are they fuckin' mad ? ).
They are nice and chatty to everyone.
Left the building after midnight and they were still signing stuff .

Joe Guercio A/S

Jerry , James & Glen A/S
Video of " You gave me a mountain "