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October 11, 2012

Elvis tribute benefit has fans 'all shook up'

McALESTER — Terry Price is bringing it all back home with his Clone of Rock ‘n’ Roll Show to benefit the McAlester High School Tennis Club.

The show is set to begin at 7 p.m. Friday at S. Arch Thompson Auditorium, at 221 E. Adams Ave.

“We will probably open doors around 6:15,” said Shelly Dugan, president of the McAlester High School Tennis Boosters Club.

It’s part of Price’s Farewell Tour for his acclaimed Clone of Rock ‘n’ Roll Show, a tribute to Elvis Presley, complete with costumes, and, of course, scarves to hand the ladies.

“It wouldn’t be Elvis without the scarves,” Price said.

Price plans on performing a full concert, with songs from throughout Presley’s career.  The show will include two sets, with an intermission in-between.

Price has performed professionally on a number of cruises, to places such as Hawaii and the Caribbean. He’s also performed his Clone of Rock ‘n’ Roll and at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, and at 50s at the Hop, in Branson Mo.

“It’s been all over,” Price said of his act.

Price plans to retire from doing his full-length Presley concerts next April, although he says he will continue singing and performing.

“I’ve been doing Elvis about 17 years now,” Price said.

He’s currently working on a show that will salute a whole series of entertainers, including Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson and Tom Jones.

Since this the only booking he currently has in McAlester before April, Price said this could be his last full-length concert in his home area.

He’s glad to be bringing his show back to McAlester, since that’s where it began.

“The first concert I ever did was a fund-raiser for KAST,” Price said, referring to the Kiamichi Actors Studio, which was based in the OKLA Theater at the time.

Price had expected a moderate crowd at best.

“Nobody thought it would be that big a deal,” he said.

When Price arrived at the OKLA for his first concert, a line had already formed that stretched from the theater entrance to around the corner on Main Street.

“It scared me to death,” Price said, able to look back on the experience with humor now.

He still remembers the enthusiasm of the crowd that night.

“It was that night that Vernon Rock, my best friend, and my brother, Gary, looked at me and said ‘You’ve got something here,”’ Price recalled.

Price said he’s glad to be performing to benefit the McAlester High School Tennis Club. He noted how people have brought tickets to his concerts and supported the Clone of Rock ‘n’ Roll act through the years, so he’s glad to be able to give something back.

“I’ve always been partial to raising money for kids,” Price said, adding that he’s previously performed to benefit children in Dallas and in College Station, Texas.

Shelly Dugan, the president of the McAlester High School Tennis Boosters Club, said tickets are $10 each and will be available at the door.

“I hope we have a good crowd,” said Dugan, who has seen Price perform a number of times.

“Every time I’ve seen him, he’s gotten better and better,” Dugan said. “He has every aspect of Elvis down.”

Price has one wish for the concert. He would like to see all of those who’ve attended his earlier shows in McAlester once more.

“I would really like all of the people who’ve come to my shows to come to this,” he said.

“I would really like to end this with the people I started it with.”

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