Rusty Roberts is hoping to get his Elvis collection back on the road.
Rusty Roberts is hoping to get his Elvis collection back on the road. Blainey Woodham

Elvis collection on show

RUSTY Roberts is stepping back in to his blue suede shoes in the hopes of getting his Elvis Collector show back on the road.

The Tweed Heads West resident and Elvis enthusiast now has hundreds of his items relating to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll on display at the Cabarita Sports Club.

The showcase will culminate with a performance on November 6 by Mr Roberts, where he will present an insight into the life of an avid Elvis collector before suiting up for a few musical numbers.

“After the intermission I come back on stage with my Elvis gear and back up singers The Sweet Inspirations. That was the same name as Elvis’ back up singers,” Mr Roberts said.

“We do songs from his early years and his movies.”

Mr Roberts owns more than 20,000 items relating to Elvis, from oven mitts to key rings and records to concert tickets.

“There will be a few hundreds items on display. I will be adding even more on the night.”

Mr Roberts said the show will be filmed with the hopes of showing the tape to other clubs, both in the Tweed and abroad.

“It’s easy to jump on a plane but the hard part is getting all the memorabilia there,” he said.

“I would be interested in going anywhere between Ballina and Brisbane for now I think. Who knows what will happen though.”

Mr Roberts said his love for Elvis began when he was a child.

“I’ve just always wanted it. My parents had the records at home when I was growing up and I’ve just stuck with him ever since,” he said.

“When I was 12 I had a table at a club with my little Elvis collection; the next year I was back with another table and then another. It just kept growing,” Mr Roberts said.

The Elvis Collector will perform at the Cabarita Sports Club on Saturday, November 6. Tickets are $10, doors open at 7.30pm DST.



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