Reviews: Elvis Presley in Concert, Motorpoint Arena

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Maybe it was ‘one more time’ too many for Elvis fans.

For though the King was in the building some 35 years after his untimely death, sadly the audience was thin on the ground. The last time Elvis Presley in Concert rock and rolled into town, there was barely an empty seat.

Yet the die-hards who did rock up at the Motorpoint Arena had a hugely memorable night.

Presley larged it on huge, state-of-the-art video screens as ageing and uber-talented members of the original Taking Care of Business band accompanied him live, just as they had done 40 years ago.

We got Presley, frozen in time at his best; handsome and strong, slender in body and huge in voice, throwing everything into his white-suited concert performances. He opened with Easy Rider, burst into Burning Love and on top of his biggest hits, he rock and rolled through the lesser-heard blues and gospel numbers he had held dear.

Ballads were so emotionally performed, tears pricked your eyes. American Trilogy was his most emotive, but Elvis’s heart-stoppingly beautiful version of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water was the one that did it for me.

I ended up lost in that amazing voice. The charisma of a man long since gone, is still marching on.


Submotion Orchestra, The Tuesday Club, tomorrow

THE Outlook Festival Launch Party takes over this weekly Sheffield University fixture for the night bringing you this seven-piece project from Leeds-based dubstep label Ranking Records.

Incorporating deep bass-driven grooves and dense textures in their progressive live dubstep sound, Submotion Orchestra have rapidly built a reputation as an interesting and original live outfit.

Drawing upon dubstep, soul, ambient electronica, jazz and dub, their unique offering is at once delicate and heavy, spacious and dense, highly atmospheric but firmly rooted. Expect “earth-shaking bass and drums” to combine with lush keyboard and trumpet textures beneath Ruby Wood’s fragile vocals.

Tonight you can hear Karen Lake’s Impressions at Nether Green pub The Rising Sun, Failed Theory and more at West Street Live, Firesuite and friends at SOYO and The Thomas Brothers at The Greystones.

David Dunn