Review of Lee Memphis King: One Night of Elvis at the Harlow Playhouse
THERE are Elvis tributes and there is Lee Memphis King. Well can we take one song and start from there. Elvis’ version of Polk Salad Annie is quite a tour de force. Lee and his band gave a rip-roaring version of the song at the Harlow Playhouse night on Friday night. Lee was good and really took us back to Elvis circa 1970 but he has a great backing band whom all came together on this number to produce what this reviewer felt was the highlight of the night.
This was the first of two nights at the Harlow Playhouse. There were many members of the audience who had seen Lee on many occasions, one couple said they had seen him over a hundred times. One of the reasons that Lee is so popular (apart from being so good) is his relationship with the fans. He is chatty and personable. Then again, so was Elvis.
This show concentrated on the Vegas Years, when Elvis played over 1100 shows over a eight year period. Lee and the band really evoke that period with great versions of so many songs. There was a heartfelt version of In The Ghetto at the beginning and a cracking version of Suspicious Minds at the end. In the middle there were numbers that were hits but have been forgotten in the mist of time. Kentucky Rain was one that was good to hear again.
On a number of occasions, audience members stood to applause out of (it seemed) respect and admiration) to a great tribute to a great artiste.
This concert felt like Elvis. It smelled of Elvis, from Lee’s central perfornacne, great backing singers and a top class rhythm and brass section.
Elvis came from the Bible Belt down in Tupelo. Lee Memphis King gives it chapter and verse on the remarkable talent that was Elvis Aaron Presley.
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