Elvis tribute coming to ClantonBy Stephen Dawkins Published 5:12pm Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Brad Bradley never met Elvis Presley, but he’s seen enough photographs and watched enough videos to be able to bring the King of Rock and Roll to life.
Bradley will perform an “Elvis Tribute” on Aug. 3 at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center.
Bradley will sing Presley favorites while dressed the part and will be joined by the eight-piece Memphis Showband and the Starletts singing back-up. Bradley said he performs such large-scale shows only once or twice a year.
“It takes a lot to put these big shows on,” he said.
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $20 for reserved seating (seats on the first three rows). Tickets are available at MorLyn’s in downtown Clanton, by calling Bradley at (334) 201-2202 or by visiting www.theElvisLegacy.com.
Doors to the show will open at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 3, and the show will begin at 7 p.m.
Bradley said he became an Elvis fan shortly after Presley died.
“I didn’t really know who he was until he died,” Bradley said.
Bradley first impersonated Elvis when he was a senior in high school, then once or twice in college before marketing himself beginning in 2004.
Bradley has performed at locations ranging from Gulf Shores to Canada.
He purchased his first Elvis costume for $1,600. He later became friends with a professional costume maker who produces Elvis suits.
The friend taught Bradley how, and he’s been making his own ever since.
Bradley said it takes weeks if not months to make a costume, putting in time when he can around his full-time job.
He’ll wear a costume once or twice before selling it on eBay. They usually go for about $1,500, he said.
All the while, Bradley has had a passion for the King.
“Watching videos over and over, you see different things and pick them out and try to do them the best you can,” he said.