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Live In Concert - Friday 31st July & Saturday 1st August 2015 - 9pm Nightly in Vertigo + Mornings In The Arena on Friday 31st July at 11am
Celebrating a massive quarter of a century in the music industry, revered tribute performer Elton Jack (aka Lance Strauss) is hitting the road and returning to Far North Queensland for two special nights. It has been six years since the enigmatic performer appeared on the Vertigo stage, and what better way to return than by celebrating his 25th anniversary paying homage to the music of iconic British musician Elton John. After such longevity in the tribute arena, it is no surprise to find out that the Elton Jack show is considered one of the world’s best tribute acts.
When it comes to being a ‘legend’ in the music industry, Elton John has certainly achieved the epitome of stardom. The British songwriter has penned some of the most beautiful songs in history, and his performances have earned him acclaim world-wide. In fact, he’s ‘Sir’ Elton John, knighted for his immense contribution to the music industry, a career that has traversed many highlights and influenced generations. While opportunities to see this legendary performer in concert are not that frequent, an evening in the company of Elton Jack’s tribute show takes a journey through the illustrious songwriter’s career and is guaranteed to get audiences on their feet. When you think Elton John, a bevy of songs string to mind, from Tiny Dancer, Your Song, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart to Crocodile Rock, Candle In the Wind to name a few. The Elton Jack show celebrates all these songs and more, paying respect to the incredible songwriting partnership between Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
From the show’s debut tour in 1989, The Elton Jack Show has travelled around the globe, and delighted audiences from Frankfurt to London, Hong Kong to Florida. The concept came almost by chance, in 1987 Aussie performer Lance Strauss did an Elton John showcase performance on Hey Hey It’s Saturday’s ‘Red Faces’. His uncanny resemblance to the ‘real deal’ inspired the Channel 9 television show host Daryl Somers to invite him to come back for a return performance. From here the concept grew wings and Lance started gigging in small hotels and clubs before he took the next step of forming a band. As one of the first musicians to create a ‘tribute-style’ show, Lance essentially paved the way on his own, establishing the show without any outward influences and has been dubbed as one of the early innovators of tribute shows in Australia.
Always a musician at heart, Lance performed with the Lennon The Musical show in Sydney and it was during this time, at the popular Enmore Theatre, that the real inspiration and idea for his alter ago, Elton Jack, came to fruition. He met fellow musical soul-mates Jeremy Cook, Greg Parke, Mark Jones and Trevor White – and they had a band. Right from the start, audiences were enthusiastic about the show. What started as something of a portable entity, travelling between small venues, has burgeoned to an internationally-acclaimed performance that has now traversed more than 15 countries and played in excess of thousands of shows. In Australia alone, The Elton Jack Show has performed in iconic venues such as the Melbourne Concert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. The show even has its own CD, released in the late 1990s, which features an up-tempo version of Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.
If you’ve always wanted to catch Elton John in concert, or even if you’re an avid fan who has attended every Australian show, you’ll be blown away by the professionalism and uncanny resemblance of Lance Strauss as Elton Jack. Every show is vital, fresh, filled with energy with stunning musicianship and an amazing repertoire of some of the best songs in music history.
Elton Jack – 25 years and Still Standing – performs at Vertigo Cocktail Lounge & Bar at The Reef Hotel Casino from 9pm nightly on Friday 31st July and Saturday 1st August 2015. Elton Jack will also be a special guest at Mornings in the Arena on Friday 31st July at 11am. *** These are free shows in Vertigo.