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Tribute to 'The King' tours the UK
Elvis is back in the building! Forty years after the death of 'The King' two of the world's greatest tribute artists are joining forces to tour the UK.
Shawn Klush and Dean Z will take on the roles of young Elvis and older Elvis for a series of shows that includes a date at Birmingham Symphony Hall on November 14, 2017.
Shawn (who portrays later Elvis) came to widespread public attention when he won BBC One's The World's Greatest Elvis - a show watched by six million viewers. Soon after, he was also crowned the first ever Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Champion in Memphis, Tennessee.
Performing as younger Elvis, Dean won Elvis Presley Enterprise's Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in 2013.
Youthful Elvis: Dean Z is Presley in the 1950s
Shawn and Dean will be joined on stage by Elvis' own backing singers, The Sweet Inspirations, who toured with Presley from 1969-1977, featured in concert movies That's The Way It Is and Elvis On Tour and appeared on the TV special Aloha From Hawaii.
As a member of The Sweet Inspirations, Estelle Brown performed over a thousand live shows with Elvis. Discussing the Elvis World Tour, she says: "Working with Elvis was indescribable. It was absolutely fantastic and he was the perfect gentleman. He was just a humble guy, a really wonderful person. We used to say 'hey boss, hey boss' but he'd say 'I'm not your boss, I'm your brother'. That's how he was; we became a family. Just as people loved Elvis, Elvis loved people. He was a real people person. That was his life.''
Memories: Estelle Brown of The Sweet Inspirations
Shawn, Dean and The Sweet Inspirations promise to present the ultimate celebration of The King's continuing legacy.
Elvis World Tour UK dates:
Nov 10, 2017: Sheffield Arena; Nov 11: Edinburgh Playhouse; Nov 12: Newcastle City Hall; Nov 14: Birmingham Symphony Hall;
Nov 15: Leicester De Montfort Hall;
Nov 16: Torquay Princess Theatre;
Nov 17: Preston Guild Hall;
Nov 19: Manchester Opera House;
February 2, 2018: London Eventim Apollo;
Feb 3: Ipswich Regent Theatre;
Feb 4: Southampton Mayflower Theatre;
May 22: Nottingham Royal Concert Hall.