Aug 3 2012 by Johnathon Menzies, Stirling Observer Friday
TOP Elvis tribute act Johnny Lee Memphis will entertain fans at Stirling’s macrobert centre tonight (Friday).
The 7.30pm gig will be Johnny’s first major performance at the macrobert since first paying homage to the King in 2005.
Johnny, from Coalsnaughton in the Wee County, said his relationship with Elvis began when he was just three years old, when he was exposed to the music and movies of the star through his aunt, avid fan Helen.
Following his debut seven years ago, Johnny’s inaugural honour on the competitive circuit came when he won the ‘Best Vegas Elvis’ award at a festival in Porthcawl, South Wales, in 2008.
And his flair and stage presence progressed to such an extent that in 2010 the local star got his hands on the Elvis Tribute World Cup – a tournament held every four years – and is the current reigning champion.
He said: “There will never be another Elvis Presley. I devote so much of my life, time and effort into paying tribute to Elvis – not just because of my passion, and love for him, but also to contribute to keeping his music and legacy alive. In my opinion, Elvis was the greatest entertainer of all time.”
In addition to his competitive and paid-for performances, Johnny also lays on a number of free gigs throughout the year at nursing homes and for charities. The most recent example was a show in aid of Highland Hospice.
At one nursing home performance, Johnny explained that one of the residents – a long-time Elvis fan – was celebrating her 80th birthday and burst into tears of joy when Johnny walked through the door in full Presley regalia.
Johnny Lee Memphis’s current UK tour is being marketed by RCS Promotions, run by University of Stirling graduates Nick Smith and Andrew Crookston.
The firm has been backed by Stirling Enterprise (STEP) and the local branch of the Prince’s Scotland Youth Business Trust, among others.
Friday’s show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £17.
Call the box office on 01786 466666 for ticket details.