Elvis B’day Bash Round Up

Well, what a night! It was a rainy, steamy hot January Sunday evening in Newtown, but still we managed to fill the Vanguard theatre to capacity with faithful Elvis fans, all dolled up and ready for a rockin’ dose of The King, from Sun Studios right through to Vegas.

Everyone came out in their Sunday best. No gold suits or flares but there were a few rhinestones and a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on as the night got underway, with an early performance by Drew Fairley followed by all the best from Elvis’ Sun years as performed by Wes Pudsey and guitar legend Robert Taylor, it fast became a hot mess of dancers and shaking legs. The second set was finished off by local favourite Ezra Lee, master of the keys, hammering out great renditions of ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘I Got a Woman’.

Mikelangelo , Pia Andersen , Christian Power and Drew Fairley Backstage at the Vanguard


After some trouser swelling go go dancing by seductive groovers The Go-Gettes, it was time for some serious action, from the man with Action as a middle name, no less, Mikelangelo. Opening with the slow ‘Loving You’ gelatinized the romantic fats of every girl in the audience, just soft enough before grabbing us all firmly by the hand and leading our hearts to be seared on the coals of an energetic ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and ‘Suspicious Minds’ (Mikelangelo will surely approve of such an over-the-top description.)

The Go-Gettes

Above :Mikelangelo , Ezra Lee, Pia Andersen and Drew Fairley Below: Frank Bennett and the Go-gettes

With a short set by Christian Power including a couple of fun duets with me, I had the honour of being Frank Bennett’s music stand, holding up his lyric sheets for an impromptu performance of a few famous tunes including a hilariously fast ‘Bossanova Baby.’

As the night wound-down with an all-in finale of ‘Viva Las Vegas’ and an encore of ‘Johnny B. Goode’, it was great to see so many people braving the heat and humidity on the dance floor.

Above : Mikelangelo Below : Christian Power and Pia Andersen


Special thanks to Russall , Nigel and The Vanguard team for making the night possible, Edith for her costume contributions and Darren the sound guy for his ever wonderful aural mastery.

Also a huge thanks to all who performed and all who came to see, overall it was a great way to spend a balmy Sunday, there were so many familiar faces and a lot of new ones, all helping celebrate a worthy birthday in a manner truly fit for a king! I hope to see you all again at the end of February for my next night, Rockafillies, a celebration of the chicks that pioneered rockabilly, jump blues and rock n roll.

Elvis fans in their finery enjoying a hunk a burnin' humid night out.


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