The number of Elvis Presley impersonators has reached an all-time record high.
There are more than 85,000 Elvises around the world, compared to only 170 in 1957 when he died.
Steve Michaels is no stranger to the infamous hip-swivelling and crooning.
For him, the possibility of becoming an Elvis impersonator started when he developed a “deep love” for the King of Rock and Roll.
“Before I started doing any of this, I grew up listening to Elvis. I had his music around me non-stop,” Michaels said.
“My mother was a huge Elvis fan, yet my father not so much. That drove me a little bit more to be a rebellious son, and I started to dig Elvis even more.”
He said he didn’t realise he was going to follow a career as a Presley impersonator, but was glad his path led him to where he is now.
“I feel into it because of my pure deep love of Elvis,” Michaels said.
“When I first started out I thought to myself: I have nothing to lose and yet so much to offer.
“More than 21 years later, here I am. Still doing what I love to do.”
He said he often gets stopped in the street because of his uncanny resemblance to the King of Rock.
I didn’t realise I was going to follow this career and path, and all of a sudden wind up years later performing Elvis. I feel into it because of my pure love of Elvis. More than 21 years later, here I am.
“People will take a double look at me when I’m walking down the street or in shopping malls,” he said.
“I laugh to myself and say ‘there’s been another Elvis sighting’.”
Michaels will take to the stage alongside Vic Trevino Junior and Gino Monopoli when they bring their show Elvis – An American Trilogy to Australia, direct from the US.
Michaels said the trio of performers will embody the King from his different life stages.
“Trevino Junior embodies the rockabilly sound of young Elvis and Monopoli recreates the sophisticated sound of the Elvis movie years with tracks from his iconic films,” he said.
“I channel Elvis in the famous white eagle jumpsuit.
“We’re a great trio. We all compliment one another. We feature the moves, the songs and the nuances that made Elvis the most recognisable figure in the history of world music.”
- When: Sunday, April 30.
- Where: Cabra-Vale Diggers Club, Canley-Vale.
- Cost: $40.
- Bookings: 9727 3600.