To this day, people remember when the “King of Rock ’n Roll,” died on Aug. 16, 1977 from a heart attack at the age of 42, after years of struggling with drug abuse. Since then his death has brought life and new meaning to millions of fans who love and admire him.
Elvis tribute artist Brad Rouse, a huge Elvis fan, said he remembers when he first saw the “King of King of Rock ’n Roll” and how it shaped his life from that day forward.
“When I first saw the movie “Jailhouse Rock,” I was 10 years old and my first thought was, ‘I want to be like Elvis!’” Rouse recalls. “It was beyond my wildest imagination that I would grow up and be an Elvis Tribute Artist and be paid the highest honor of being complimented on looking like Elvis.”
Rouse, who recently moved to Cleveland, said his most memorable experience was the day he performed as Elvis (in his prime) during Elvis Week on Beale Street in Memphis in 2013. With his stature, completion, black hair and Elvis stare, Rouse creates a vivid impression of the ‘King’ in his prime and later years.
The Elvis look-a-like said he moved to Cleveland to be closer to Pigeon Forge and to introduce his style of Elvis to a wider audience, adding that his goal as an Elvis tribute artist is “being as authentic as I can be.”
“My future goals are to portray Elvis in a movie, be a guide tour for Graceland and narrate a documentary about Elvis,” Rouse said.