n truth, Alan was very much a man out of time when it came to his warm-up numbers at The Hot Spot this afternoon.
You can’t really go wrong with Suspicious Minds and Now Or Never, but somehow, The Man Who Would Be King managed it.
The band struggled as a verse become the middle eight half way through the seventh bar, and the chorus popped up at whatever particular moment Alan forgot a lyric.
Not that it mattered, of course. The energy, the love, the belief in rock’n’roll was always there.
And this was, of course, Alan’s first live performance in over two years. And only five years on since his very first live performance, rockin’ the bejiggers out of The Whale.
Then as now, that self-belief carried him through any musical mayhem, the sheer force of goodwill ensuring that, for those three minute, it was all true – Elvis lives.
The man’s true shining moment came just as we were about to depart, with folk session leader Pat starting up A Fool Such As I for Alan to take and make his own.
And that’s just what he did.
The sheer joy of channeling his hero, as The Hot Spot became the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, was sublime. Verging on the sweetly ridiculous.
As the poster on the Hot Spot wall with a smouldering Phil Lynott predicted, Alan will forever heed the King’s Call…