Weatherford Democrat

October 16, 2013

An Elvis experience

David Allen’s tribute show promises a whole lotta shakin’ this Saturday


Weatherford Democrat

— The King of Rock and Roll will come to life this Saturday as David Allen brings his “Elvis: The Experience” show to Texas Opry Theater, 315 York Ave., in Weatherford.

Allen, a Metroplex-born native, captivated audiences in Myrtle Beach, Calif., at Legends in Concert. Jason Aiesi, general manager of Legends in Concert, stated, “We were honored to have a Top Ten Elvis Tribute Artist finalist join our star-studded stage. Allen captivated audiences and brought his energy-charged Elvis portrayal to our stage.”

Allen is said to be as close to The King as any Elvis Presley tribute artist in the world.

“David was voted one of the top 10  Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists of the world by Elvis Presley Enterprises in Memphis during the 2011 Elvis Week,” stated Carmen Gantt, David Allen’s manager.

It was because of that Allen was invited to be part of the Legends in Concert show. He said he spent a year performing and perfecting his performance with the production team of Legends.

“Seeing my performance through their eyes was a big plus for me in perfecting my present show,” Allen said. “With Legends’ input I was able to refine and polish my performance.”

Allen’s Elvis tribute began as a result of kidding with his Dad who was singing “All Shook Up” by through a karaoke machine. Allen was brought up on Elvis by his father. His Dad stated, “Let’s hear you do better,” and handed Allen the mic. They both were very shocked at how close he resembled Elvis’ voice.

Allen’s father entered him in his first Elvis tribute artist contest and, after winning first place, “the rest is history” as they say. Allen will be the first to say Elvis saved his life right then and there. He will forever be grateful to Elvis for touching his life, and it shows in all of Allen’s performances.

“Elvis did everything a certain way and to be as ‘true as you can’ fulfills the formula for me,” Allen said. “The black leather, rhinestones, jumpsuits, gold jewelry and black sideburns make up only a small piece of Elvis’ persona. He was an innovator of ‘rock n roll.’ Elvis had so many different musical influences, and it showed throughout his whole life through the blues, country, rockabilly, rock.”

Allen goes strictly “by the book” and tries to recreate Elvis as accurately as possible. He is always complimented on his expressions, gestures and mannerisms. Allen performs all four eras of Elvis’ career – the 1950s, the movie years, the black leather ‘68’ Come Back Special and the Las Vegas years.

The show will be backed by the Dallas-based Elvis tribute band Fever. Fever has existed for more than 15 years backing Elvis and other celebrity tribute artists around the United States. They are highly regarded as one of the best and longest running tribute bands in the world today.

For tickets call Texas Opry at (817) 341-1000 or go to www.texasoprytheater.com for more information.