Bold plan to fill Elvis gospel concert in Norwich
With a month to go and hundreds of tickets to sell – and some to give away - for an Elvis Presley gospel tribute evening, a Norwich fellowship has a bold plan to fill “The Talk” nightspot venue on Saturday May 20.
“It will be a wonderful and unique evening,” says Dr Barrie Lawrence, who leads the FGB fellowship in East Anglia.
“It will be a great opportunity to invite non-churchgoers and local friends to a joyful, fun event – and also experience the love of God,” says Barrie.
"This Elvis tribute is presented Andy Kelso, a former Anglican vicar in Norwich, and a gifted singer. He hit the national headlines with his unique tribute act, bringing the very best of Elvis with rock, ballad and gospel songs.”
Barrie, who is taking the bookings on behalf of the FGB Fellowship, says he will to entrust an extra £10 ticket to those who book – as long as supplies are available - “so that the Norwich Christian community will reach out in the next month to a friend or neighbour and invite them along to the May 20 performance.”
“It will be a great way to bless the community,” he adds. The show at “The Talk” entertainment centre on Oak Street, Norwich, NR3 6BP at 7.15pm. Tickets are available in advance at £10 (or £12.50 on the door) from Barrie Lawrence on 01603 898 289 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Kelso, a father of five, admits he was “terrified” when he felt led to take his first Elvis tribute to a packed out concert in 2011. He was surprised by the positive response – “it’s been amazing and very humbling.”
Andy finds the Gospel songs “really touch hearts” as he weaves in stories about his own troubled childhood and teenage years, when he survived a 75mph motorcycle crash. “That caused me to pray for the first time,” says Andy, who went on to study for the Christian ministry. He also became Chaplain to Worcester Warriors Rugby Club.
Elvis was the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music, with sales of 600 million albums, but his three Grammy Awards were all for Gospel music.
The May 20 show will take place at a nostalgic Norwich night spot - “The Talk” is well-known as the former “Talk of the East” and over six decades has featured such bands as Bill Haley and Comets, The Who and Status Quo, as well as Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton
“We want to fill this Elvis event,” says Barrie. “We’re here to serve the local churches and we trust the community will buy tickets and thus get a free ticket for a neighbour – they won’t be disappointed!”
Read our previous story about Andy Kelso
Pictured above is Andy Kelso as Elvis Presley and The Talk venue for the concert.