Singers find six string success
PUBLISHED: 10:51 21 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:32 25 August 2010
PERFORMERS have proven the borough s breadth in singing talent in two competitions. Elvis fan, Pete Storm, of Elm Road, Sidcup made it to the final of the European Elvis Tribute Artist championships in Blackpool in front of an audience of 500, broadcast
PERFORMERS have proven the borough's breadth in singing talent in two competitions.
Elvis fan, Pete Storm, of Elm Road, Sidcup made it to the final of the European Elvis Tribute Artist championships in Blackpool in front of an audience of 500, broadcast live on the internet.
While Erith singer, Wayne Jacobs, has beaten hundreds of acts to be in with a shot at the final of the UK's Live and Unsigned competition at the O2 Arena.
Mr Storm performed songs from the Elvis Presley comeback gig of 1968 for his set in the Blackpool final at Norbreck Castle that saw over 60 of the world's best Elvis tribute artists bidding for the crown.
Only 10 acts made it through to perform three songs, choosing a specific era from the King of rock'n'roll.
Armed with a wild, cherry-red Epiphone Dot guitar, similar to Presley's Haagstrom guitar, Mr Storm jammed with the live band, rekindling memories of the famous gig that re-launched the King's singing career.
Mr Storm said: "It was the first time I've performed with a live band on such a big stage, so I was absolutely petrified.
"Presley's gig was a raw jamming show, it was a turning point, the first time in nearly ten years that he had been seen singing to an audience."
He ended the set, as Elvis had done with the song Memories.
"It's a really nice song and I would like to think I captured a little bit of Elvis."
Fellow tribute singer Anthony Shore, from Bexley, with whom he travelled to the contest, opened the event and made it through to the semi-final stage.
Wayne Jacobs, of Friday Road, will be up against the country's best talent in the regional qualifiers of UK's Live and Unsigned competition on March 6.
The annual event has attracted over 30,000 entries over three years, with contestants bidding to win a record deal for their original music.
Mr Jacobs passed the auditions on January 9 with his song One Way Ticket.
The civil servant turned his hand to song writing two years ago and has lived in Erith for over 20 years with wife Joanna, daughter Gemma and son Jamie, of the Royal Engineers, who has been on tour in Afghanistan for six months.
Mr Jacobs said: "When my kids were growing up I put the guitar away for nearly 20 years. If I could get to the final it would be a dream come true. It's very exciting.