Elvis was hanging out with his fans when I got there. Not THE Elvis, the man from Memphis, of course, nor Bubba from the True Blood/Sookie Stackhouse series (if you’re a fan, you know which character I mean), but Elvis Suissa, guitarist and singer of rockabilly/psychobilly band Three Bad Jacks. He’s seriously committed to meeting his fans before and after the show.
This new Elvis does remind me a little bit of The King. In the 1950s, kids swooned and fainted over Elvis; today teenage girls stare up into Elvis Suissa’s puppy dog eyes as he sings his most requested love song, “It’s Forever.”
The similarities don’t stop there. I received a range of responses when I asked people why they liked Three Bad Jacks so much and these quotes remind me of what fans used to say about the previous Elvis. Briyana and her friend Jessica liked “how the cute love songs sound like old school rockabilly;” Marina, Isabel and Jasmine told me that Elvis is a “total crowd-pleaser” and “his voice can do so many different things;” and Caesar Rodriguez (who has been a fan of Three Bad Jacks for 15 years, since he was 8 years old) and friends Eustacia and Brandy think the “band is awesome” partly because “the lyrics are so good, with so many different meanings.” Then there were all the girls who told me they love Three Bad Jacks because, well, “Elvis is hot.” So, I guess the two Elvises really do have quite a lot in common.