Elvis is back in the building

WHEN things started getting serious with a girl, there was one thing Billinudgel fitness factory instructor Rusty Roberts had to get clear.

“I would tell my girlfriend, ‘If we are going to have kids, I want any son of mine to be called Elvis’.”

Fourteen years ago, Rusty had a son – Elvis Roberts.

Elvis is the opening act of a show this Saturday night dedicated to Elvis Presley – The Elvis Story.

“It’s the story of Elvis as told by the man himself,” Rusty said.

“The Elvis Story showcases the life of Elvis Presley through the great man’s songs, the big hits like Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock and Viva Las Vegas.

“My son, Elvis, is the opening act. He’s an Elvis fan himself but he will also perform a tribute to the dance styles of Michael Jackson.

“The show will also feature the Mullum Rouge – a group of 11 dancers from Mullumbimby.”

Rusty has been a fan of Elvis for as long as he can remember.

He has made the sacred pilgrimage all diehard Elvis fans must make in their lifetime – he’s been to Gracelands.

“I went to Gracelands in 2001. How could you not if you’re an Elvis fan,” Rusty said.

“This bloke did something that no one else has achieved.”

Rusty has also done something few have done.

He is considered as one of Australia’s largest Elvis memorabilia collectors.

Some of the more unusual items in his collection include a pocket-sized Elvis sewing kit, Elvis Christmas decorations and a plastic Elvis table cloth.

“I think I was an Elvis fan from birth. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t like him,” Rusty said.

“I like to share this with other people.”

Rusty will be giving away Teddy Bears, Hound Dogs and the now trademark Elvis scarfs during the show.

Plus there will be free Billinudgel gym memberships up for grabs.

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