Big Elvis ~ Pete Vallee
Pete "Big Elvis" Vallee, an Elvis impersonator at Bill's Gamblin' Hall, does his own version of the King, conveying the warm Southern hospitality and genuine desire to make fans happy that was embraced by the real performer.
Vallee, known by some as "the Godfather of Elvis impersonators," according to his long time personal manager, Lucille Star, is a genuinely nice guy who really cares about what his audience thinks.
"Elvis was a good person and I love the music…we have a lot of similarities," said Vallee
, who has no trouble emulating Elvis' voice or his
commitment to his
"Elvis is all about giving…it's easy to play when you have that same character.
almost entirely audience-request-driven show encompasses a repertoire of more than 900 songs, spanning six decades of music than includes everything Elvis along with popular songs from other music genres.
The simple and intimate stage setting for the Big Elvis Show
to change his
songs at a moment's notice, resulting in every show being a different and personalized experience.
Along with being concerned about his
is always on a quest to keep improving the show.
is currently in the process of adding a live segment to the show where he
will sing accompanied by a guitar.
singing career in his
local church choir where someone told him that he
sounded just like Elvis.
From there he
learned to play the guitar and put together an act to compete in his
school's talent contest when he
The overwhelmingly positive response that he
received, along with his
natural ability to sound like the King, inspired his
Despite the potential criticism that could result from impersonating such an iconic entertainer, Vallee
explained that the fans enjoy the fact that someone is keeping the music they love alive.
"The fans appreciate you keeping his
memory alive," said Vallee
, which becomes especially apparent "when you see someone who's touched by your performance.
enjoys singing but what he
loves most is his
interaction with the audience and part of this personal interaction is done through the use of a chair that he
performs from during the show.
As far as Elvis impersonators are concerned, Vallee
is convinced that they will always have a presence in Vegas
"I don't think they will ever do away with Elvis impersonators," said Vallee
became a home away from home for Elvis during his
years of performing here and Vallee
explained that part of this is because the performer had many characteristics that were very well-suited to the city's reputation as a place for indulgence, glitz and glamour.
"What an awesome show Pete Vallee
purchased the former Barbary Coast last year and has extended Pete Vallee's Big Elvis Show
Winner of multiple local and national awards, including the Best of Las Vegas Elvis Impersonator Award, Pete Vallee
entertains generations of fans in the Lounge at Bill's Gamblin' Hall
& Saloon, weekdays with his
powerful rendition of Elvis tunes and other popular songs from genres of Rock, R & B, Gospel, Country and Pop.
Pete's new website, www.BigElvisLasVegas.com can also be accessed from the more familiar www.BigElvis.biz.
The new web format will feature the same popular segments such as Big Elvis News
, show photos, video and audio clips (from the 7 Big Elvis cds currently available), Fan Club special features and the launch of a Big Elvis Newsletter, as well as a section about Pete's dramatic weight loss and his
personal program for health and nutrition, including recipes and q & a with fans.
Fans will be able to purchase Big Elvis Merchandise online as always, but now it is also available 24/7 at the Gift Shop at Bill's Gamblin' Hall
& Saloon in Las Vegas.
A new feature on the site will give fans the opportunity to message Pete
and chat with him at myspace.com!