Friday, May 21, 2010

Johnny "Elvis" Thompson in Manila, Philippines

MANILA, Philippines - The first time I met Johnny Elvis Thompson two years ago, I noticed his uncanny resemblance to Elvis Presley even without any makeup or prosthetics. Deep inside, I was impressed because I’ve seen so many Elvis tribute artists in Las Vegas, New York, Tokyo, Sydney and the Philippines and he’s one of a handful that comes really darned close in the resemblance department but can he sing? An hour or so later after watching his performance, I was a believer. Johnny Elvis Thompson is based in Las Vegas and regularly appears in various venues at the strip. He has appeared in various movies, TV shows and MTVs. He is MTV America’s official Elvis and has won several worldwide Elvis competitions.

The last time I visited Las Vegas late last year, he took me around and introduced me to so many hotel executives and celebrities. Just his face value alone got me in free in some shows. When I craved for Filipino food, he surprisingly brought me to a very good one where the lechon kawali was tender and crunchy. I also found out besides the Elvis tribute thing he does websites, dabbles in martial arts and is licensed to marry people.

Johnny Elvis Thompson is currently in the Philippines where he will start his first Asian tour that will take him to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and onwards. He requested that I fly him in early so that he can soak up in the culture and cuisine he has learned to love even before stepping on Filipino soil. A lot of his Vegas-based associates are Filipino and so he is much at home with our food and culture. Just like Matt Monro Jr., he dreams of marrying a Filipina who can cook a mean Bistek Tagalog with lots of calamansi over hot steaming rice which is his favorite. He also loves kangkong with bagoong.

Johnny Elvis Thompson will be doing just one full concert in Manila at the Hard Rock CafĂ© tomorrow, May 22 before proceeding to Hong Kong. Included in his 90-minute set are Elvis rockers like Teddy Bear, Don’t Be Cruel, Heartbreak Hotel, Viva Las Vegas, Blue Suede Shoes, etc. plus honey drippin’ love songs like Love Me Tender. Dancing, hip wiggling and splits are also part of his repertoire.

Johnny Elvis Thompson will be supported by the fabulous Hotsteps dancers who recently concluded a 12-city tour with Kenny Wizz. Reservations for the show can be made by calling the Hard Rock hot lines 893-4661 to 64.

Elvis Impersonator

Monday, March 15, 2010

Kenny Wizz Michael Jackson Tribute - Home

Kenny Wizz Michael Jackson Tribute - Home

Michael Jackson Impersonator Show is available for all events, corporate events, fairs, Concerts and Casino Shows. For more information please call Royal Talent. 1-800-818-7692 This performer has starred in his tribute to Michael Jackson for over 6 years on the Strip in Las Vegas. Considered to be one of the best Michael Jackson Tribute Artist in the World.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Rat Pack Tribute Vegas

The Rat Pack Tribute Show

‘They were style with substance, swing with swagger, a non-stop party that everyone wanted access to.’ These words, written in Player magazine, best describe the charismatic quintuplet better known as The Rat Pack. Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, Peter Law ford and the kingpin- Frank Sinatra, were the five who made up the Rat Pack. It was the most awe-inspiring show ever, to hit the entertainment circuit. The ruler of the Las Vegas entertainment scene, this show was instrumental in its rise as an entertainment hub.

The Rat Pack tribute show is a celebration of the achievements of these master entertainers. It is a must-watch for every die hard fan of the original Rat Pack. Fans are swamped with nostalgia as the motley group comes alive on stage. No sooner does the act take off, you are transported back to an era when men were real men and political correctness was a nonsensical term.

The show is not an easy act to pull off. Its success hinges on the ability of the cast in recreating the look, sound, mannerisms and easy camaraderie of the original Rat Pack. The artists don’t have any fancy costumes to fall back on, since all that they dress up in are bespoke suits. The only thing that takes the momentum forward is the light-hearted banter and the intelligent ad-libbing. The beautifully orchestrated renditions of the most famous songs of Sinatra, Martin and Sammy, touch a chord with the audience and leave many of them teary-eyed.

The songs are interspersed with a lot of horsing around and playful bantering. There is a lot of racist humor too as was the norm in the days of yore. The audience is kept engaged and in splits by the crafty gags and shenanigans of the players on stage. It’s funny seeing five grownup men behaving like goofy teenagers. Some Rat Pack tribute shows have Marilyn Monroe making a guest appearance. It is a wonderful show that has class and style in abundance. Great tunes, foot-tapping music and sophisticated humor make it an evening worth remembering.

The Rat Pack show even found pride of place in a recent episode of American Idol. The finalists were to show-case the talent of the original quintuplet and would be judged on their note perfect renditions of songs such as The Lady is a Tramp, Everybody Loves Somebody, Candy Man, etc. Movies based on the Rat Pack have graced Hollywood screens too.

The Rat Pack Tribute Shows are all sold out as soon as they are announced. Since Las Vegas was the place that gave birth to the Rat Pack, the city boasts of the maximum Rat Pack tribute shows. Anyone who cherishes the in- your- face brazenness of the original quintuplet leaves the place satisfied that he has got his money’s worth.

For those who had a chance to experience the magic of the real Rat Pack, the show brings back many happy memories. For those who never had the opportunity, the show gives them an idea of what they missed-an era where music met cool.

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