Abstract Entertainment presented 'Elvis to the Max - The Farewell Tour' at The Adelaide Entertainment Centre for one night only. Max Pellicano's career started when he travelled to Adelaide back 1989, when he played seven nights a week at The Hotel Adelaide. At his show on Saturday 23rd September, he asked the baby-boomers of the audience if anyone saw him at Hotel Adelaide and the majority of the audience had - these people had been fans since 1989! Pellicano has been impressing the people of Australia for 28 years and his show on 23rd September was no exception.
He walked out and the audience screamed. He produced hit after hit while the audience sang along. One male in Section A proceeded to dance in the aisles and gave Pellicano a run for his money with some hip moves. His farewell tour celebrates 30 years of entertaining. It's a chance for him to show the audience he has loved what he's been doing over the years and despite all his experiences in showbusiness, nothing made him happier than paying tribute to The King of Rock and Roll. He wanted to take the time to say thank you to his fans for supporting him and coming out to see him year after year.
His Farewell Tour couldn't have been possible without his Promoter Roy Ortuso, Musical Director Rick James, Lead Guitarist Jonny Gardiner, Bass Guitarist Daniel Bruce, Kayne Butler on Drums, Danny May & Matthew Jodrell on Trumpet, Iain Howith & Matt Amy on Trombone, David Bell & Cheryl Clarke on Tenor Saxophone/Flute. He also was supported by an incredible choir made up of Conductor Doug Williams and vocalists Claire Cassidy, Jessica Madden, Georgia White, Dave Platten, Andy Tipple, Byron Tart and Emilo Papa.
His Farewell Tour featured all the songs fans know and love including 'Blue Suede Shoes', 'Hound Dog', 'Love Me Tender', 'Jailhouse Rock', 'Can't Help Falling in Love', 'Suspicious Minds', 'In the Ghetto', 'Burning Love', 'A Little Less Conversation', 'The Wonder of You', 'Teddy Bear', 'Good Luck Charm' and more. He also paid tribute to 1962 movie 'Girls, Girls, Girls' with the hit 'Return to Sender' and took on the role as Johnny Cash with fan favourite 'I Walk The Line' and Frank Sinatra's 'My Way'.
Throughout the show there was footage playing of his early performances and images taken throughout the years. It was one of his best shows yet but also emotional for a lot of fans that were saying goodbye to something that has been part of their lives for the last 30 years.
Promoter Roy Ortuso said "Thank you to all the fans that attended our shows over the last 30 years. Your unwavering support helped make Elvis to the Max the household name he is in Australia. Thank you to Max Pellicano for simply being the best in the business."
Max Pellicano said "It's been 30 years of nothing but fun and lots of love. The best Elvis fans are in Australia, it was my favourite place to perform and almost my second home. It's been my honour and privilege to be able to perform Elvis to the Max and I'm so grateful to all the people who travelled near and far to see the show."
Elvis to the Max, Thankyou Very Much - The Farewell Tour was an incredible show featuring swinging dance moves and fabulous costumes but for Adelaide fans, this is the last time we will get to celebrate the music of Elvis with Max Pellicano, so on behalf of Adelaide Elvis fans, I'd like to say thank you for dedicating your life to being the best you can be. People will tell stories about when they saw Pellicano at Hotel Adelaide all the way through to his show-stopping Farewell Tour. 5/5 Stars. Elvis reincarnated lives on forever in our hearts.