The amazing Grace Jones

April 20, 2011

Wow, what an incredible lady.

What a show! What a performance! What costumes! What a voice!

Yes, I was lucky enough to see Grace Jones perform at the Enmore Theatre on her Hurricane tour.

It started out a little strangely. When she first came onto the stage she appeared to be hiding behind a gigantic shower curtain…

Grace Jones at Enmore theatre April 19, 2011

Heeeere's GRACE!

After undulating under the silver for a while she revealed herself in THIS!

Grace Jones at Enmore theatre April 19 2011

Grace Jones convincingly fusing My Little Pony and Africa

She looked amazing and she sounded amazing too. She worked the crowd, she chatted, she cussed, she sang, she danced.

Then she had another costume change…

Grace Jones at Enmore theatre April 19 2011

Grace convincingly fusing the Devil and the Vagina

And didn’t the costume changes keep coming? Each of them spectacular and strange. The costumes were designed by Eiko Ishioka and showed off Grace Jone’s incredible 63 year old body.  SIXTY THREE!!!!!!

Grace Jones at Enmore Theatre April 19 2011

Grace Jones in her peek-a-boo flame dress. Yes there is NO BACK, just her beautiful black arse, back and legs

How can she look so great? I’m sure she’s lived quite the life, in fact she was drinking cognac on-stage “for her voice” and was telling tales of her time being busted with cocaine OUTSIDE (??) her bag in India.

Is there a Dorian Gray style portrait of Grace Jones somewhere?

Grace Jones at the Enmore Theatre April 19, 2011

Grace gets back to her Jamaican roots for 'My Jamaican Guy'

But wait! There’s more! More costume changes! More raconteur-ing from backstage, MORE MORE MORE!

Grace Jones at the Enmore Theatre April 19, 2011

Yes Grace your hips DO look big in that

With her shiny sparkly bowler hat she showered us with glitter reflections as well as her enthusiastic attentions.

I have a vague memory of seeing her 20 years ago at a party at the Horden Pavilion where she took hours to come to the stage then disappeared in a huff (if my memory serves me right!). She was down right JOLLY last night!

Grace Jones at the Enmore Theatre April 19, 2011

Grace Jones, you are an ARTIST and you make art art ART

But no! There’s MORE! More costumes, more songs, more spectacular!

Grace Jones at the Enmore Theatre April 19, 2011

Grace back in black

Grace Jones at the Enmore Theatre April 19, 2011

Grace lets it fly and releases her parachute. We all cheer

Grace Jones at the Enmore Theatre April 19, 2011

Grace Jones acknowledges the crowd's worship

Grace Jones at the Enmore Theatre April 19, 2011

Grace Jones NOT showing us her 'pussy'

Grace Jones at the Enmore Theatre April 19, 2011

Grace shaking her money maker and didn't we adore her for it?

So thank Grace Jones. That was one of the greatest live shows I have seen. I loved the music too. She integrated classic Grace Jones tracks with her latest album. She looked very happy to be there, she looked amazing, she sounded fantastic.

I’m a born again Grace Jones fan!


Scenes from Mardi Gras

March 7, 2011

Well the festival of gay that is Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has finally ground to a halt for 2011.

Being a lazy lesbian all I managed to do was watch the parade, which being  a short lazy lesbian meant I didn’t actually see all that much.

Here’s what I did see…

Mardi Gras 2011

Train carriage over whelmed by an ACTUAL screaming queen with his gaggle of fag hags. He was so loud and exited I thought my ears were going to bleed

Mardi gras 2011, Dykes on Bikes

First cab off the rank as usual... Dykes on Bikes

Mardi Gras 2011

Mardi Gras virgin gets caught up in the excitement

Mardi Gras 2011

I think this float had some community legends on board. It's also one of the few pictures of the parade that worked

Mardi Gras 2011

Ladies dressed up for a big night out

Mardi Gras 2011

Took us a while to figure out what this was ... a big pink heart with wings and ping pong balls blowing around on the inside

Mardi Gras 2011

Lady in white giving the crowd some attitude

Mardi Gras 2011

Mardi Gras virgin looking for someone to burst her bubble

Mardi Gras 2011

Ladies in leather perusing the crowd

Mardi Gras 2011

Milperra Waters maitre de in rain poncho with electric gizmo

I had no idea what this float was when I photographed it at the parade

Celebrity TV couple watch the parade with the hoi poloi

Mardi Gras 2011

Lenny happily celebrating his community

Mardi Gras 2011

Very beautiful young man models his Keith Richards T

Mardi Gras 2011

How beautiful? Very beautiful!

Mardi Gras 2011

Wouldn't want to get on the wrong end of this oddly shaped football

Mardi Gras 2011

Post-parade plastic crate sculpture

Mardi Gras 2011

Very happily just married couple run hand-in-hand up Oxford St

Mardi Gras 2011

Minnie Mouse and friends post-parade bus stop rest-up

Mardi Gras 2011

Hostess girls fuel up on pastizzis post parade

Mardi Gras 2011

Oxford Street milk crate still life

Mardi Gras 2011

Friends all frocked up wandering down South Dowling Street


Elvis: The Movie

January 20, 2011

I promise, this is the final absolute Elvis related blog… for the time being.

It’s mildly entertaining…


Elvis fest final moments

January 19, 2011

Sadly the 2011 Elvis Festival had to come to an end.

Our final night in town included the Elvis Forever Young Show performed so well by Silas. It also contained the series of events that led to me kissing Elvis several times.

Here’s what we led me to that point of madness where I kissed Elvis and then got sick (boy germs)…

Last day and night of 2011 Elvis Festival, Parkes NSW

JamElvis visits the Parkes Wall of Fame

Last day and night of 2011 Elvis Festival, Parkes NSW

JamElvis drops by the Parkes Hotel for a drink...

Last day and night of 2011 Elvis Festival, Parkes NSW

Inside the joint was jumping with Elvis karaoke and Elvis dancing

Last day and night of 2011 Elvis Festival, Parkes NSW

Back outside we admire the Elvis inspired menu

From here we went to the Elvis Forever Young spectacular, which was amazing, but somehow leftt me wanting MORE MORE MORE!!.

So we went for a pub crawl.

First stop was The Broadway Hotel, home to the fantastic, amazing and gorgeous BROADWAY SHOWGIRLS!!! One of the showgirls commented on this blog yesterday! Actual Elvis Festival celebrity! On this blog! OMG!

Last day and night of 2011 Elvis Festival, Parkes NSW

Broadway Showgirls nice 'n' sweaty post undulation

2011 Elvis Festival in Parkes NSW

Poor girls were dancing for tis Blue Elvis who sang Viva Las Vegas several times ...IN A ROW! Nice touch is the tomato sauce bottle over his shoulder

Luckily the lovely Broadway Showgirls were available for photographs…

2011 Elvis Festival in Parkes NSW, Broadway Showgirls

There's gorgeous girls and then there's JamElvis and P.Nelvis

After enjoying the Showgirls company we signed up for some karaoke. With all the versions of Viva Las Vegas the wait was long so we headed up the street to the Star Hotel where the infamous Bearded Elvis aka The Bondi Bus Driver was doing his thing. So loveable was he, I HAD to kiss him…

2011 Elvis Festival, parkes NSW, Bearded Elvis

Hot or what? Bearded Elvis sings his theme song "Elvis in Australia"

We stayed at the Star until closing, so fine was the entertainment. We made our way back to the Broadway Hotel where our song had probably been and gone. We did unfortunately witness the Broadway Showgirls in street clothes absolutely murdering Viva Las Vegas. All the showgirl mystique was brutally washed away, that’s all I’ll say.

Next stop, the Royal Hotel, which was on fire! For some reason, probably the large number of Cuba Libres I drank, there’s not many photos from this point in the evening. Nothing except pics of me kissing Elvis.

2011 Elvis Festival, Parkes NSW,

Two Elvii negotiate a kiss... Tongue or no tongue

Apart from a rather revolting set of photos of me kissing Elvis, this is the last image from  the night…

2011 Elvis Festival, Parkes NSW,

A lovely Priscilla adjusts her wig in the Ladies

Then it was back to Tent City for  Temazapan dreams so we would be fresh for the Elvis Gospel service at 8.30am.

The last day…

After a good 5 hours of death like sleeping pill snooze we awoke in Tent City refreshed for the day.

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Farewell Tenty City. I don't miss you

First stop breakfast, which was a bacon and egg roll beautifully cooked by the local footy club in the Tent City facilities…

2011 Elvis Festival Parkes, NSW

JamElvis contemplates the Temazapan sunrise. Pic: P.NElvis

We packed up and left Tent City forever. And headed down to the Elvis Gospel Service. We arrived at the same time as that Superstar… Dean Vegas!

2011 Elvis Festival Parkes, NSW

Dean Vegas arriving at the gospel service in style, a convertible old school holden

When I look closer at this picture Dean appears a little anxious as he glances in my direction. Does he think I am some new super creepy trans-stalker? Is he thinking “That’s the lady-boi who kissed me at the show?? Is he/she going to kiss me again?? What is he/she??”.

2011 Elvis Festival Parkes, NSW

Does Dean appear worried to you?

Anyways, on with the show.

I was moved by the Elvis Gospel Service. Perhaps it was the sanctified atmosphere of the Woolworth’s car park, or the uplifting singing that moved me to tears (yes , real tears).

I suspect it was the sleeping pill.

2011 Elvis Festival Parkes, NSW

The cathedral like setting of the Elvis Gospel service

It was lovely right up until the minister asked us to pray. That’s when we left. And P.NElvis had second breakfast.

2011 Elvis Festival Parkes, NSW

P.NElvis tucks into soul food ... a ham & cheese croissant

Almost time to go, we wander up the main street…

2011 Elvis Festival Parkes, NSW

Lovely stickers on a ute parked in the centre of town

Just enough time to pop into a private collection of Elvis ummm, stuff.

2011 Elvis Festival Parkes, NSW

P.NElvis merging seamlessly in silhouette with an Elvis banner

2011 Elvis Festival Parkes, NSW

Like Madame Tussauds the likeness to the real person is uncanny

2011 Elvis Festival Parkes, NSW

Highlight ... Amazing collection of Franklin Mint Elvis plates

After 4 days of Elvis euphoria, sadly, finally it was time to leave Parkes.

Not just time to leave Parkes, but time to remove those sideburns.

The best $3 I ever spent, those sideburns I stuck on my face on Thursday night. Three days later, several showers, daily trips to the pool, sweaty karaoke, hi-jinx, booze ‘n’ food and the sideburns are still there. They don’t want to come off, but come off they must!

2011 Elvis Festival Parkes

Yes, that was painful pulling them off. Not only was removing the sideburns painful, they also left a tan line and a certain sticky substance that took days of scrubbing to completely remove.

2011 Elvis Festival Parkes

Goodbye Elvis, hello floppy hair

 


Elvis: Forever Young

January 16, 2011

Saturday night

So now after a hard day’s photographing Elvii it’s Saturday night, the big night in Parkes for the Elvis Festival.

And we head off to see Silas Lulic in his tribute to Elvis’ early years, “Elvis Forever Young”.

And what a tribute it was! He took on young Elvis faithfully, with no cheese ala Dean Vegas. His performance was incredibly sincere and but not too hung up on doing Elvis vocalisations, which after 3 days starts to drive you insane! Although one table cracked up hysterically every time Silas said “Thank you. Thank you very much.”

Now if you have been looking at this blog over it’s Elvis period you would have seen Silas in black leather, pancake make-up and sweat during the street parade.Well this is what he kicked off the show in…

Silas Lulic in Elvis Forever Young at the Elvis Festival Pakes NSW 2011

Silas gets into the Elvis thing, and almost looks like him here

Silas Lulic in Elvis Forever Young at the Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

Suddenly Silas rips off his coat and he is all Jailhouse Rock-like

Silas Lulic in Elvis Forever Young at the Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

Before you know it there's another costume change! Cute as Kid Creole!

Silas Lulic in Elvis Forever Young at the Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

My oh my. Our table went crazy for his G.I Blues look. The girls (and some boys) were sighing & melting

Silas Lulic in Elvis Forever Young at the Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

But my eyes were wandering. Thankfully he had a few showgirls on-stage to keep me occupied

Silas Lulic in Elvis Forever Young at the Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS! Showgirls!

Silas Lulic in Elvis Forever Young at the Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

ANOTHER costume change & Slias is hurtling through Viva Las Vegas. Turnin' day into night time. Turnin' night into daytimeIf you see it once. You'll never be the same again...

Silas at Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

Silas goes and meets the people. The people like

Silas at Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

Another costume change and it's Elvis's 1968 black leather comeback outfit. HOT! SWEATY! MORE MELTING!

Silas at Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

Thankfully he unplugged his guitar as Silas is the best looking bad guitar player I have ever experienced

Silas at Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

Silas looks good in black leather with blue lighting

Silas at Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

Silas also looks rather fetching in black leather with red lighting

Silas at Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

Black Silas got down with the crowd again. This particular girl was crying, YES! SOBBING! At Dean Vegas. She seems overwhelmed with anther emotion here. Stalkerness perhaps?

Silas at Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

Silas kissed this woman several times(or she kissed him). Is it his mum?

Silas at Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

Then I ran into some buddies at the bar. The girl I met on our first night in town. The Red Elvis called me shapeshifter

A shapeshifter I hear you ask? As he put it “I’m standing here talking to you and you’re 100% woman. Then I see you over there and it’s a man!”. What the hell does he mean?

JamElvis in the toilet mirror at Silas Show

Self reflexive moment during a toilet break during the Silas Show

From here the night got even funnier. But that’s another blog…


Elvis Festival street parade

January 15, 2011

So we rushed (almost) directly from the World Record attempt to watch the street parade, which was mildly amusing, but difficult to photograph from our position directly opposite the media.

All the floats would turn away and mug for the Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald etc. while we true Elvis and Elvis impersonator fans were left staring at backs.

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011 parade

Who better to lead the parade than Dean Vegas, with not 1 but 2 Priscillas!

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011 parade

Priscilla wears the pants and drives the bike

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011 parade

A Evis Presley/Peter Allen hybrid flaunting it

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011 parade

Col Memphis family troupe of ETAs

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011 parade

An Elvis in mid karate kick

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011 parade

Young Elvis with the moves mastered

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011 parade

Blue Gimp Elvis, 'nuff said

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011 parade

Young handsome leathered Elvis tribute artist, Silas

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011 parade

Awesome young fat Elvis steals the show, ta P.NElvis for pic

But wait! There’s more! After the parade there was judging back on the main stage for the look-alike contests. Of course I had to go and of course I had to take a million photos!

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

The junior Priscillas were gorgeous

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

And I love the queenly expression on the sunglassed Priscilla

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

While the senior Priscillas were a mixed bag

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

The junior Elvis contest was fierce 'cos they were all super cute

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

And were quite competitive with their posing

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

Senior Elvis was also a tight battle

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

'Cos even a bad Elvis is good

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

The crowd was as fascinating as the stage

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

Elvis said the only way to find his son was by going onto the main stage

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

A tired skinny Elvis resting on the War Memorial

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

P.NElvis encounters Sigue Sigue Sputnik Elvis

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

One of my fav Elvii, Lemvis chilling out in black

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

Lovely Presley family group

Even I am starting to tire of all this Elvis action, but I still have to report on Silas and his spectacular “Elvis Forever Young” Show. Phew, later…


Elvis World Record Attempt

January 14, 2011

Elvis Festival: Day 3

With about 2 hours sleep (P.NElvis got more thanks to temazapan) and feeling pretty crappy we got ourselves out of bed for the 8.30am World Record attempt for the most number of Elvis Impersonators.

2011 Elvis Festival, Parkes, NSW

Tent City blues ... P.NElvis stunned from a combination of no sleep & sleeping pills. Ooof

 

Somehow we managed to scrub up, get Elvisified to look like this for the World Record…

Elvis Festival Parkes NSW 2011

The spirit of Elvis came over us and we danced

After our warm-up photo shoot and dance sequence we headed down to the main stage where all the Elvii were mustering.

2011 Elvis Festival, Parkes, NSW

Elvii getting counted as they enter the official enclosure

And our host for the event? None other than my most favourite cheesy ETA, Dean Vegas who was assisted by Miss Priscilla 2011. Dean hogged the mic and she didn’t get to say a word. Mean Dean.

2011 Elvis Festival, Parkes, NSW

Lovely stage couple, but I was concerned Dean's red jumpsuit was a little stinky after his hot & sweaty & arousing stage show the night before

Miss Priscilla looked lovely, and I’m guessing that hair was teased and hair-sprayed all weekend long.

Here’s me with her…

2011 Elvis Festival, Parkes, NSW

JamElvis meets Miss Priscilla. Love

I was also lucky enough to have a conversation with Miss Amatuer Priscilla, who swore she would win NEXT year and was disappointed she didn’t get a cool sash like Miss Priscilla 2011′s.

2011 Elvis Festival, Parkes, NSW

Tall Miss Amatuer Priscilla with short JamElvis. Love her too

And on to the World Record Attempt…

There was a lot of Elviii, but the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Elvis Impersonators was a tough number, 645 set in Las Vegas in November 2011.

The Parkes Elvis Festival only managed 610 and that included about 100 Priscillas, even with Optus handing out free jumpsuits and wigs. In fact they cleaned the town out of it’s jumpsuit, wig, glasses stock.

 

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Straight after the World Record attempt was another highlight of the Elvis Festival, the street parade. Unfortunately it was both lamer than I hoped and I was sitting in a bad picture taking position, but here’s what I got, plus  couple of P.Nelvis’s pics.


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