Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Mitch Albom Turns Elvis Impersonator

DETROIT (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Best-selling author Mitch Albom is now stretching his talents to Elvis impersonation.

Albom – who is best known for books like Tuesdays With Morrie and The Five People You Meet In Heaven – is also the pianist for the Rock Bottom Remainders, an ad-hoc musical group that also includes best-selling authors like Amy Tan and Dave Barry.

The group begins a three-concert tour in Dallas on April 26 and Albom is set to perform a few Elvis Presley songs, when he’s not tickling the ivories with the rest of the band.

He insists that as far as Elvis impersonators go, he’s “strictly skinny Elvis. I don’t perform anything past the 1950s. Things like ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and ‘Such A Night.”’

Albom admits he may too experienced to be a member since, as he puts it, “Anyone who knows more than three chords is overqualified – and I know five.”

Although Albom considered trading on his literary past by doing some Tuesday songs like “Tuesday Afternoon” or “Ruby Tuesday,” the band decided against it because, he admits, “all the Tuesday songs are too complex.”

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