El Paso Live brings "Elvis Lives" to the Borderland
The show begins with the Elvis of the 1950s. Then there is the leather-clad Elvis made famous in the '68 comeback special.
Finally, there's the Vegas era, the Elvis of the 1970s. Three different performers representing three different eras, all on the same stage in a dynamic and detailed tribute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
"We are mega, mega Elvis fans and really, that's the heart and soul of this whole thing,'" said Dean Z, one of the Elvis tribute artists who are part of the stage show "Elvis Lives."
"When we walk into that room, the energy is palpable," he said. "You can really feel it on stage that the audience is geared up and ready for this show."
Speaking via Skype from a tour stop in Southern California, Dean said he was 3 years old when he first performed "Jailhouse Rock" at his sister's talent show.
"And every time I'd wiggle, the audience would kinda react and scream and holler, and I think from that moment on I was hooked on that feeling," he said.
The show is billed as a musical journey through Elvis' life. And it features top notch musicians who painstakingly re-create the music made famous on Presley's hit records.
"There's definitely signature things that you need to have in there. You can't just start making stuff up," said Eli Hludzik, a Los Angeles-based drummer who tours with the show.
"Before I started doing this show I didn't really have any knowledge of his catalog," Hludzik said. "You know, you have knowledge of some of the hits, but going through the catalog I learned really to appreciate the breadth of the catalog over the years."
The show also features background singers and dancers.
"It's a big blessing to be able to sing this music and work with these amazing people in this cast and this crew," said Dean.
Elvis Lives has played to sold out audiences across the country - the only touring tribute that's produced in association with the Elvis Presley estate.
"We played Longview, Austin, Sweetwater, all over Texas, but I'm really looking forward to being in El Paso," Dean said.
Tickets for Sunday's performance at the Plaza Theater are still available.