NEW REVEIW ON THE "TCB GANG" BY ELVISINFONET
- NEW REVEIW ON THE "TCB GANG" BY ELVISINFONET
The TCB Gang - The Way It Was...The Untold Stories
(as told by seven of Elvis' closest friends)
Released by NextShow Entertainment
Executive Producers: Michael D. Jenkins & Charles Stone
Filmed in High Quality Digital
Announcer: Charley Pride
When a group of old friends gets together to reminisce it is always an
interesting and fun time. In the case of The "TCB" Gang it is even
more interesting as the subject matter revolves around Elvis and the
Colonel and the group involved share something very special - having
worked for and known The King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Aaron Presley.
Based loosely around the format successfully used with "The Elvis Mob"
documentary, "The TCB Gang" is a welcome change in format from the
typical "biography" documentaries which have flooded in the market in
Seven of those closest to Elvis reunite at the Las Vegas Hilton, the
scene of some of Elvis' most successful performances, to enthrall the
viewer with stories which take us behind the legend. The great thing
about the format is that each participant offers a different
perspective, be it about the well known or the obscure. The result is
absorbing and illuminating.
The 'TCB' Gang is:
Al "Elvis has left the building" Dvorin - Elvis' friend and master of
Loanne Parker - Colonel Tom Parker's widow
Jerry Schilling - close family friend and Memphis Mafia member
Joe Esposito - road manager and co-best man at Elvis and Priscilla's'
Dick Grob - chief of security and security planning
Sam Thompson - tour advance man and brother of Linda Thompson
Charles Stone - Elvis' concert producer
There is an abundance of fascinating stories told during this informal
get-together of the TCB Gang. And the way they are told will leave you
with a smile on your face.
Among the great stories are:
* The Colonel's fascination with elephants
* Jerry Schilling and the Millennium Moment
* Elvis' one-and-only "all request show" in Asheville, North Carolina
* How Loanna met The Colonel
* why keyboardist David Briggs didn't hit 'bad' notes
* the 'presidential' idea behind Aloha From Hawaii
* Elvis banned from performing in Montreal, Canada
* the Colonel's unpublicised charitable donations
* why Elvis and the Colonel always bought ten tickets to an Elvis show
* the day Elvis' plane almost collided with a tower in Roanoke,
* the unusual reason Elvis started using police cars instead of
limos to return to his hotel after a concert
There is a fabulous story from Dick Grob about the first time he flew
on the Lisa Marie and an amusing recollection about the night Elvis
and his entourage could not find a hotel room...because all rooms were
booked out due to a certain entertainer being in town!
And the Colonel's clever marketing skills are well recognised when it
is revealed Elvis held the record for merchandise sales at every venue
he appeared at!
This 'Special Collector's Edition' DVD features exclusive liner notes
written for the DVD by Loanne Parker. Tragically, Al Dvorin was killed
in a car accident two days after filiming the documentary.
Video quality: Excellent
Audio quality: Very Good
Verdict: A great DVD release which is not only entertaining, but one
which adds value to our understanding of both Elvis and the often
misrepresented, Colonel Tom Parker.
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