Graham Reid | | 1 min read
Probably best to give Max Pellicano the title that he tours under, Elvis to the Max, because he is one of the best Elvis impersonators around (one of my sons bought me the t-shirt after we saw him years ago, I still have it) and he's coming back for another New Zealand tour. Dates below.
This time Max is playing with a 15-piece orchestra so we can expect some pretty big ballads.
Max has an interesting background too: He was born in Monte Carlo; the family moved to NYC when he was two; he studied arts at California State University; took to theatre; was offered a part playing Elvis in Hawaii and subsequently has worked with many of Elvis' musicians . . .
And, as we shall see, he is a fan of . . .?
The first piece of music which really affected you was . . .
Runaway by Del Shannon
Your first (possibly embarrassing) role models in music were . . .
Lennon or Jagger, Ramones or Nirvana, Madonna or Gaga, Jacko or Jay-Z?
Lennon, Ramones, Madonna, Jacko
If music was denied you, your other career choice would be . . .
President of the U.S
The three songs (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to hear are . . .
Burnin Love - Elvis, Jailhouse Rock - Elvis, Twist & Shout - Beatles
Any interesting, valuable or just plain strange musical memorabilia at home?
Original Beatles buttons
The best book on music or musicians you have read is . . .
The Elvis biography, Last Train to Memphis
If you could get on stage with anyone it would be . . . (And you would play?)
Paul McCartney - I'd play Lennon
The three films you'd insist anybody watch because they might understand you better are . . .
The Godfather, Hard Days Night, Jailhouse Rock
The last CD or vinyl album you bought was . . . (And your most recent downloads include . . .)
Rod Stewart (Night on the Town)
One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you in that case would be . . .
Something, by the Beatles
The poster, album cover or piece of art could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .
Poster of Elvis on Tour
You are allowed just one tattoo, and it is of . . .
My daughter Paige
David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's all we've got . . .” You would spend them where, doing . . .?
In Monte Carlo hanging out in a cafe on the beach.
And finally, in the nature of press conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best album ever?”
Cause it's my first.
ELVIS TO THE MAX DATESAuckland: Friday 4th October. Sky City Theatre
Tauranga: Saturday 5th October Baycourt Theatre
Hastings: Sunday 6th October Opera House
Palmerston North: Monday 7th October Regent Theatre
Auckland: Friday 11th October Bruce Mason Centre