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Elvis - The Concert Update

May 17, 2011 | Other

According to the Times Record News, the Stamps (that's Ed Enoch and four new members, Jerry Kelso, Michael Means, Roger Robinson and Chad Riley) will be the male backing vocals. Also, Times Record News, whose journalists spoke with Ed Enoch, indicates that the 2012 Tour will be traveling to Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada and Hawaii.

From the Times Record News Website: The Stamps these days are led by Ed Enoch, the only remaining member of the group who toured with Elvis in the '70s. The King invited the quartet to tour with him in 1971, and they were a regular fixture at his live concerts until his death in 1977.

The band members often would go to The King's hotel suite after performing a concert, where they'd sing gospel music with him. The Stamps also contributed vocals to many of his studio recordings between 1972 and 1977.

It was during this time that the gospel group also released one of its most critically acclaimed double albums, "Live at Murray State." The Stamps Gospel Quartet is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and is a multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning group.

Ed Enoch joined The Stamps as a baritone in 1969 and later became lead vocalist and road manager. "I will never forget Elvis as a wonderful, talented, kind and compassionate friend," Enoch has said.

Besides working with Elvis, Enoch, as part of The Stamps, has sung for Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson and Ricky Skaggs, to name a few. He and the rest of the group — that's Jerry Kelso, Michael Means, Roger Robinson and Chad Riley — are scheduled to tour Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada and Hawaii in 2012 with "Elvis: The Concert."

Bestoftherest8301 wrote on May 19, 2011
Sadly not many of the original troup are left, having either passed away, in frail health or unavailable to tour. Does anyone have a list of who will join this tour who actually appeared on stage with Elvis on stage during his concert years? I think that the value or authenticity of this show is gradually diminishing. I'm sure all the replacements will perform to a acceptable level but for me the interest in this has waned somewhat and I will not be tempted to see the show on it's next tour.
Sirbalkan wrote on May 19, 2011
Bestoftherest8301... I think you only look at it from one perspective. Elvis' HIMSELF is dead for 34 years. The original band members made a perfect job for over 12 years and now as you say, sadly people are dying or feeling tired to perform which is reasonable. But out of original band members' significance, the aim is to create the atmosphere of a live concert fo Elvis. They succeed it with new younger members with full energy and talent.Elvis himself is powerful a lot on the screen so if you make a poll and ask people "without the originals would you go to that concert?" I bet the 80% answer will be YESSSS... :)
Natha wrote on May 19, 2011
The main thrill is to see and hear that man again - dead for 34 years and still giving me the kick I miss at other shows. And that makes good the absence of the 'original cast'. The last show I went to was with most of the originals, but turned out not so well (toll of ageing!), while the singer was hopeless (flat, mediocre voice). Hence I left with a feeling of intense loss. So I am looking forward to the thrill of seeing Elvis, the King, on a huge screen. People came for him. This concert is as authentic we can get. And I hope the band will be up to the high standard. AND it will be the first time my son will join me to see Elvis. And for clarity sake: this is my humble personal view.
Jesse Garon Presley wrote on May 19, 2011
Bestoftherest8301 it's very sad that you cannot see anymore what ETC is all about,i therefore i agree with Natha and Sirbalkan ,great reactions they gave and they describe exactly what ETC is all about.
Bestoftherest8301 wrote on May 19, 2011
I think it originally was advertised 'with the original TCB Band', that was part of the appeal, not just Elvis, but the guys (and gals) that were up there on stage with him (well mostly), a re-enactment..being there with the guys that performed with him. So in essence the concept has change slightly, you may still get an atmosphere but for me the authenticy is /was important and if the final few originals do not tour (for whatever reason) this show will lose some of its edge /appeal. Elvis.com still advertises the show as "Elvis Presley In Concert is an astounding production that reunites former Elvis band mates live on stage" which is still true but to a much lesser degree nowadays.