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Elvis tribute artist Adam Fitzpatrick returns to Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod

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Elvis Tribute artist Adam Fitzpatrick performs Friday, Oct. 10 at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod.

The king of Elvis tribute artists is returning to Fort Macleod.
Fresh off being crowned grand champion at Elvis festivals in Europe and Las Vegas, Adam Fitzpatrick headlines a show at the Empress Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.
Fitzpatrick, who played to a sell-out crowd last year at the Empress, won the European Elvis Festival on July 5 in Blackpool, England.
A week later, Fitzpatrick was named both grand champion and people’s choice winner at Las Vegas.
“It was a pretty cool week,” Fitzpatrick said.
The show in Fort Macleod has the theme “A Trip Down the Vegas Strip.”
Opening the show is Diamond Jones with a tribute to the music of Neil Diamond and Tom Jones, with some added comedy.
Joe Kelso then takes center stage to perform as Roy Orbison.
Fitzpatrick closes the show with an hour of songs made famous by Elvis Presley, including Suspicious Minds and Bridge Over Troubled Water.
“I know it’s going to be a great show, and we have a great band behind us,” Fitzpatrick said.
The Uptown Hornz, a sanctioned Elvis Presley Enteprises group, backs up the singers. The band includes Clayton Hill, drummer for the rock band Trooper.
Fitzpatrick’s career started when he took a dare and performed in an Elvis contest in his home town of Penticton.
Fitzpatrick won the contest and hasn’t looked back, last year placing as runner-up at the Ultimate Elvis Contest.
Judges this year at the Las Vegas contest included Elvis bodyguard Sam Thompson, tour manager Charles Stone, rocker Suzi Quatro and Cynthia Pepper, who starred with Elvis in the movie Kissin’ Cousins.
“Each one of them gave me a really nice compliment saying you did a really good job, we were all voting for you,” Fitzpatrick recalled. “Cynthia Pepper went deeper into my charisma on stage and being humble on stage.”
Compliments from people close to Elvis Presley had a special impact on Fitzpatrick.
Recognition from fans at Las Vegas in the form of the People’s Choice Award was also special.
“That’s a really cool award to win,” Fitzpatrick said.
Winning the awards is nice, Fitzpatrick said, but in the end they are just competitions.
“You just have to go for the reason that you just love the music, and to meet some of the guys and have a good time.”
Even as an Elvis tribute artist, Fitzpatrick is constantly amazed by the enduring love people have for The King 37 years after his death.
“It’s pretty incredible.”
That love of Elvis and his music is something Fitzpatrick has in common with his fans.
“I still watch all these concerts of his over and over again,” said Fitzpatrick, who uses video to get Presley’s moves down pat. “I’ve probably seen three of his concerts 30 to 40 times and I never get sick of it. I usually look forward to it. I have some vinyl records I play all the time on a record player.”
“It’s the music obviously. He made so many of those songs popular and gave his own feeling to it.”
Fitzpatrick’s show is a tribute to Elvis — not an impersonation.
“I like to be myself,” Fitzpatrick said. “I don’t want people to think that I think that I’m Elvis. That’s definitely not what I’m going for.”
Fitzpatrick has been making a full-time living as an Elvis tribute artist for the past two years and plans to continue touring for at least another 15 years.
“I have such a blast,” said Fitzpatrick, who turns 30 this week. “I can’t imagine doing anything else. There’s a long way ahead of me as long as the fans keep coming out.”
Tickets are available at www.empresstheatre.ab.ca and at the door.

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