Mike Moat “Eternally Elvis” put on another great show last night at Redd’s Carlstadt, New Jersey.
I’ve been a fan of Mike Moat since the 1980s and last year was the first time I saw him perform since then (blog about performance, January 2015: https://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/mike-moat-golden-reflections-eternally-elvis-show-paramus-nj/). After the show ended, Mike Moat and I joked that we’d see each other again in 25 years when we’re in our 70s. And he actually remembered that conversation from last year — I was shocked when I approached him and he said, “It’s not twenty-five years yet!” And that’s the best part of going to see a Mike Moat show — he, his wife Debbie and daughter Michelle treat their fans like family. They are such warm, wonderful people and great talents.
My favorite songs from last night’s Elvis show were “Suspicious Minds,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You,” and “You Gave Me a Mountain.” I’m all about the Elvis power ballads. He also did the Elvis standards, “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Me Tender,” and “Teddy Bear.”
Mike Moat changed costumes twice, wearing gorgeous replicas of the outfits Presley wore during his Las Vegas years. And once again, his back-up band was incredible.
He ended the Elvis show with “An American Trilogy.”
After the Elvis show, Mike Moat changed customs and returned to the stage, dressed down in black, wearing a newsies caps and the band, Golden Reflections, played hits from the 1950s through the 1980s. Michelle Moat opened the show with a killer version of Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.” And Debbie Moat performed a gorgeous version of Ronnie Spector’s “Be My Baby.”
There were many other great songs throughout the show; my husband and I danced to a few also. But my absolute favorite part of the evening was hearing, live, “Don’t Pull Your Love” by Hamilton, Frank, & Reynolds — one of my favorite 1970s songs, ever! To listen to a song you love so much, done to perfection, wow, what an unexpected thrill!
For more information on Mike Moat: Eternally Elvis and Golden Reflections, visit their website at: http://www.mikemoat.com/
Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an international author. Her fiction book “The Gypsy Smiled” features a character who is an Elvis impersonator, available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Gypsy-Smiled-Maryanne-Christiano-Mistretta/dp/1545447470