Fans of Elvis were left furious and upset when a special Elvis concert played at the Caird Hall, Dundee. And now the creator of Elvis Presley — On Stage has apologised and admitted full responsibility for the problems that led to fans walking out mid-
Stig Edgren responded to complaints about the editing, sound quality and general production values of the performance. Stig, who has worked with Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises for more than 20 years, said: “I’m sorry they had a bad experience.”
Gordon McDonald, 77, a retired general retail manager who lives in Broughty Ferry, was one of those unhappy with the show. He said: “We have gone to every Elvis tribute that comes to town and nothing will put me off, but it was poor. Poor beyond description. I wouldn’t like to think that they were putting their name to this one.”
Mr McDonald had seen a similar tribute concert in Glasgow several years ago, where Presley’s original band members performed alongside a holographic version of the singer. This time round he had persuaded his friends to come along to the Caird Hall thinking it would be similar?
Instead, footage of Elvis was projected onto a screen and the show was plagued by technical problems.
“The sound was so distorted that unless you knew the words of the songs you wouldn’t have been able to make them out,” said Mr McDonald. “We could see them trying to bring the image down to the right size. I was so embarrassed.” One Broughty Ferry-based fan said he and his wife left at the intermission. “It was so disappointing. It was just a shambles. Elvis would turn in his grave if he knew his fans were being treated like this.”
Hearing the criticisms regarding the performance, tickets for which cost £35 each, Stig encouraged audience members who were dissatisfied to contact him. He said: “I think these people saw the show that I did previously. The other show had a different variety of footage. It was re-cut. That was me, too. I’m so sorry, it’s my fault that they didn’t like it. It’s a brand new show and we are learning too. ”