(SUN SENTINEL) – Fifty years after Elvis Presley’s last star turn, Fort Lauderdale will be gripped by his memory this weekend, with three days of music, a film screening, a gospel brunch and more. Why is the King still a thing — even for people who weren’t alive when he was alive?
Wellington-raised 19-year-old Matt Stone is drawn to Presley’s music — he’s a rising star in the Elvis Tribute Artist profession — but he’s also an avid student of the enigma that was The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
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“The biggest paradox about Elvis is that he was a really humble, shy person, but the minute he went onstage it just clicked … and he was like a superhero, the greatest entertainer in the world. He puts on the cape and now he’s Superman,” says Stone, who reports that business as an “Elvis actor” is booming.