Calgary-Based Elvis Presley Tribute Artist Adam Fitzpatrick on the Key to Being the King

He's won global competitions in Penticton, England and Las Vegas for his performances as the iconic rock 'n' roll singer.



 

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What began as a dare to perform as the King at the 2008 Penticton Pacific Northwest Elvis Festival has evolved into a full-time globetrotting career for Calgary-based Elvis Presley tribute artist Adam Fitzpatrick. 

Since taking the amateur category that year, Fitzpatrick has gone on to win at global competitions such as Europe’s Tribute to Elvis in 2014 and the 2014 Las Vegas Elvis Festival

Paying proper tribute to the legendary performer takes a lot of hard work. Fitzpatrick watches concert DVDs over and over to learn Presley’s mannerisms. “I’ve seen his main concerts probably at least 30 times each,” he says.

As for the look, Fitzpatrick uses a black dye with a blueish tint to get the King’s signature coif and doesn’t skimp on suiting. “The suits, they’re expensive. They range from $1,200 to $6,000. It’s an expensive start. You’re buying all the suits, you have to buy sound equipment. You have to invest a lot of money into it at first.”

Most importantly, Fitzpatrick says, “You’ve got to love the music. You’ve got to love Elvis. If you don’t, it’s never going to work.”

To book Fitzpatrick, visit elvisevolution.com

 

Watch Adam Fitzpatrick perform as Elvis Presley

 

This article appears in the November 2017 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here.

 

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