The King lives on in the form of this nine-piece Elvis tribute band, The Blue Sueders!
Formed in 2007, they have been performing the best Elvis hits around East Anglia’s top venues for a decade, including The Ocean Rooms, Gorleston (with Rick Wakeman), Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich (on the arrival of the 2012 Olympic torch) and most recently after the races at Great Yarmouth Racecourse. Their notorious annual Christmas gig, Carols With The King, at The Forum in Norwich sells out its near on 500 capacity in days.
As many aspects of Elvis’ 1970s Las Vegas band as possible are incorporated into their act. Drummer Paul Youngs thrashes (where appropriate) just as Ronnie Tutt did. Harry Curries’s lead guitar is unmistakable as James Burton. Jerry Scheff’s “fender bass” part is taken by the similarly laid back Stuart Shearer and Brian Smith not only replicates Glen D Hardin’s piano but also adds, through his impressive dual level organ, the brass and strings of the Joe Geurcio orchestra. They even have their own cheeky chap Charlie Hodge, aka Chris McEvoy.
Their most exciting additions are their new trio of backing singers, Trudi, Tracie and Paula. They take time off from their own performances as The Broads to be their very own Sweet Inspirations. And that leaves Elvis; a fan from the age of 7, he has spent a lifetime scrutinising The King’s every word and move, leading to plaudits such as, “that smooth as velvet voice and those unmistakeable dance moves – it had to be the King. I was transported back to the 1970s as Elvis gyrated across the stage, oozing Presley sex appeal in truckloads and leaving a trail of swooning females in his wake.”
With over 400 hits to choose from, their repertoire is always adapting to the ebb and flow of Elvis’ work, as it is deployed to the masses, for instance, recently with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Providing the best selection of Elvis’ most loved songs, ballads such as, ‘Always On My Mind’ and, ‘Wonder Of You’, rock and roll numbers such as ‘Jailhouse Rock’, ‘Way Down’ and ‘Moody Blue’ from his final recordings and the behemoths that are ‘American Trilogy’ and ‘Suspicious Minds’, their aim is to please their audience as much as they enjoy performing the great man’s songs – and that is a lot!
Barbeque from 8PM. Booking is advised – Call 01263 741666
See below for a taster of what you’ll be seeing…