Had one of the King's Graceland court minions been around when they were needed on August 16, 1977, Elvis Aron Presley would be turning 70 on January 8, 2005.
To celebrate the King's birthday in style, as they do every year, a group of Sydney rock'n'rollers are staging the 2005 Elvis Birthday Bash on Friday January 7 at the Empire Hotel, cnr Johnson St/ Parramatta Rd, Annandale.
Last year's special guest performers were Tex Perkins and the other deadset OzRock legend Ian Rilen. This year's no less special star turns are Martin Plaza from Mental As Anything and Christa Hughes of Machine Gun Fellatio. There's also a constellation of well-known Sydney Elvis tragics on the bill, including Bernie Hayes, John " King Street" Kennedy, Cath Wearne of the Happening Thang, Charlie MacLean from 50 Million Beers, Johnny Gretsch from the Wasted Ones, Rob Luckey and more.
All will be energetically backed by the Sydney TCB Band, featuring members of the Mentals, The Sports, The Ferrets ( " Don't Fall In Love" ) and 50 Million Beers. Master Of Ceremonies for the evening will be Hank " The Tank" Everingham. " I heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight", confirmed Hank. " Thang ya verra much."
The show starts at 9 PM , $20 in. Here's to the King. His ghost may be heard. His extraordinary back catalogue certainly will.