I saw Ben and his fantastic team last night at Cardiff. What a great all round performance !!! .Possibly the best stage performance i have seen.( I am an oldie so i have seen Quite a few in my time.}Watching the reaction of the girls and women I get the impression that Ben Portsmouth has become more than an Elvis impersonator, he appears to have the same sort of charisma as Elvis... that transcends impersonation. And THAT is very special.. GREAT How about a show in Bristol.?
Mike of Bristol - 18th November, 2016
Just to say I have been an Elvis fan for 40 years, I've seen quite a few tribute acts in my time ,some good some really poor..... BUT by far Ben Portsmouth IS the best I've ever seen I saw him in Cardiff last night the voice is one thing but its the mannerisms that won me over , Ben had them down pat, the little things made me believe I actually could be watching Elvis, the hand gestures the sideway looks the way he held onto his belt even the way he bent down , but the magic moment for me was when he sat at the piano and sang Unchained Melody just as Elvis did in his last concert halfway through the song Elvis glances at the audience with that Elvis grin, Ben did that exact same grin ......now that attention to detail !
Ben , I salute you, may god bless you, adios
thanks for keeping the King alive
Chris - 18th November, 2016
Saw Ben at Wycombe Swan last night. I have been to Gracelands, got the records and films but the one thing I cant do is see Elvis in concert. I felt I had that last night. Ben was amazing. It felt like Elvis was there on stage. You were excellent and I hope that I will get the opportunity to see you again.
Dawn - September 2016
Hi my wife and I came to see you last night at the Swan in high Wycombe, I have to say that I have been an Elvis fan for decades and there's nothing I don't like about the man but you are something else , the closest thing to the king himself. Your voice is as exceptional as his was , I thought Elvis was back for an evening only.
Thanks again for an excellent three hours of my life, long live the king and long live Ben Portsmouth,
yours sincerely Stephan
Stephan Germain - September 2016.
I have worked at this theatre for over 10 years and I have to say that is the best show I have ever seen. From beginning till end it was just magnificent . Ben is so very talented and what a voice , and the band were just out of this world .
Ray - Usher at Wycombe Swan - 24/09/16
I saw Ben tonight at the Wycombe Swan theatre for the second time this year. He is a superb young man with a fantastic voice and whether you have your eyes open or closed you could believe it was Elvis himself on stage! I had a job reminding myself that it wasn't Elvis as Ben, as Elvis, is so very realistic and believable. Long may he continue to so magnificently honour the King of Rock, thus keeping his memory alive for future generations. Great performance Ben.
Sandra Byrne 24/09/16
We were on the front row last night at Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham. Phenomenal performance. We have already booked Nottingham on the strength of that. This is far more than a tribute act ! - Well done. The band and singers are also great
Jim Mckinley - Sept 2016
Since I was a child, I loved Elvis songs. Like Ben, I grew up listening to music and watching Elvis’ movies on TV.
Last year, because of Elvis Week and some tributes on his thirty-fifth anniversary, I bought tickets to Ben Portsmouth’s concert in Porto Alegre. Unforgettable day!
I didn’t know Ben, and I was very anxious to watch his presentation. When I saw Ben, I shivered because his likeness and voice … they looked like the same person.
I, as an Elvis’ fan, almost had a heart attack. I immediately loved Ben.
I haven’t stopped thinking about it since that event, in October, 2012. His concert was amazing, he’s very talented and his stage performance was wonderful.
I went on his second show, in April this year, when he came back in Porto Alegre.
This time, I spoke with him to show my admiration to his work and that I loved him.
During the show, I felt like I was in front of Elvis, of so perfect the performance on stage. Very nice it.
Now, I am both’s fan. Elvis and Ben will be in my heart forever.
Leanne - Porto Alegre, Brazil
When I was younger I lived and breathed Elvis. As I grew older my music taste changed, although Elvis was still in the mix. Then in October of 2013, while visiting an oldies site, I happened to notice an ad for Elvis on You tube. I clicked on it and there with Elvis was a video of an ETA named Ben Portsmouth on the David Letterman Show. I had no idea what an ETA was so I clicked on it and the world stopped for me! I was so totally enthralled with what I was seeing and hearing that I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. I knew without a doubt that I was seeing someone very special. I started following Ben and watching his videos and I just couldn't get enough. The musical talent, his voice, his looks, his charisma and stage presence were phenomenal. I watched Ben grow as an entertainer as well as a man and it has been remarkable. I finally got to see him live September 12, 2014, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada (GTA, as Ben says). The only way to explain the feeling of the audience that night is electrified! From beginning to end that building was charged with so much energy you could feel it rolling off the stage and into the audience. It must have been like that to have seen Elvis. After the show, Ben stayed and signed autographs and took pictures with his fans. My family and I were at the end of the line so we got to spend just a little more time talking with Ben. He's a down to earth, this is me, kind of person. Very respectful, kind and funny. Ben and Aysha had breakfast with me and my family the next morning and he and I talked like we had been friends forever. It was a weekend I'll never forget! Ben and his shows keep getting better and better. If you haven't seen him yet, you have to do so. You will be so grateful you did! There's just no other experience like it!!
Pat Holmes - Canada
I have been an Elvis fan for 47 years,and up until I saw Ben,no one came even close.He is the closest you will ever get to Elvis' performance.He also has the mannerisms spot on.He doesn't 'cheat' on those hard to hit notes.And,he has what all the others lack,charisma !...In one word....AMAZING !.
Vicki - July 2015
When Elvis left the building for good , he left the door ajar and Ben entered! Ben has captured the essence of Elvis. His good looks, his voice, his unique style, his movements and most importantly his humbleness!! I saw Elvis perform many times and seeing Ben perform brings back those exciting memories of the King! The younger generation is experiencing Elvis through Ben! Continued success to Ben as he certainly deserves it! Thank you, Elvis Presley, and Thank you Ben Portsmouth..........
Dotty - July 2015
|The first time I saw Ben Portsmouth in person was in 2013 in Memphis. I was very excited before he came on stage. When he came out, everyone was screaming before he even started singing. I thought I was really seeing the real Elvis. Ben is truly the whole package with all of Elvis's assets.|
Beverley - July 2015
I been a huge Elvis fan since I was a kid. Unfortunately I was never able to see him personally and truthfully after he passed I really felt as though that was a dream I could never fulfill. My husband and I married at Graceland and that was amazing but I still missed never being able to experience Elvis in concert. A couple of years ago a family member sent me Ben youtube video from the David Lettman show and I was hooked! Other impersonators and tribute artists didn't impress me, but Ben is the real deal. Saw him in Vegas last year at the King of Hearts event and he was outstanding as a person and a performer. He recently made his way to Florida I was able to see him again. The nicest person and a truly amazing tribute artist. I bought his CD and I don't know why he doesn't have another and longer one. His passion shines through his voice! We had to cancel and plans to see him again in Memphis as my job is being eliminated and I am very disappointed but fortunate to have lived me dream! He is truly awesome and I recommend everyone who has the opportunity to see him does it. Don't wait!!!
Tracey from Florida - July 2015
I have seen Ben twice now and can't wait to see him again in April in Ottawa! I have seen Ben in Texas and Ottawa. When I met him in Texas for his concert I was so happy and thrilled to have met someone that I admire so much! What he does is so amazing, he is the most talented singer and musician! When I saw him on stage it was just magical, he brought Elvis back to us and I knew this must have been what it was like to see Elvis! Since I was very young when Elvis passed away, and have loved him for many years and now I have found someone who brings Elvis back to us! And besides his heartfelt and touching tribute, Ben is a very nice man and so gracious to his fans! I am so grateful for him and we as devoted Elvis fans are sure very lucky to have Ben! And I just love the meet and greet after his shows, he is so amazing that he spends a lot of time with fans after a concert, and I thank him for being so sweet and just being Ben! Thank you for all that you do Ben, You are the best!
Laura from Vermont - July 2015
During Elvis Week my husband and I saw Ben perform the '70's Elvis at the New Daisy Theater in Memphis, TN on Aug. 9th, 2015. It was breathtaking. I saw other Elvis impersonator's while we were in Memphis, but only Ben moved me to tears with American Trilogy and rocked me to Polk Salad Annie and Suspicious Minds. Ben controls the stage with the same charm, charisma, confidence and sexuality that Elvis was so noted for. If he sings like Elvis, moves like Elvis, looks like Elvis, well then, it must be Ben Portsmouth. Thank you, Ben, for Keepin' It Alive. Rock on
Holly from Ohio - August 2015
Saw Ben last night at Cliffs Pavilion at Westcliffe. Wow! What a show! I have seen many tribute acts but Ben is a different class. An amazing voice and great backing band. The show was 2 and a half hours long and you could see that Ben had put everything into the performance. A must see for any Elvis fan! Can not recommend enough. Thank you, Ben, for the fantastic evening.
Paula Sillet - January 2016
I have seen a lot of tribute bands over the years and I have to say that Ben's show stands head and shoulders above the rest. Ben is an absolute star and long may he continue to fly the TCB flag.
Peter Crick - UK- August 2016
"From the moment that Ben was crowned champion of our first every Pocono Mountains Elvis Festival, we new he would win the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis. Ben's stage presence and charisma jumps off the stage in a way few tribute artists can match. He is a true musician and a great addition to any event."
Jason Sherry Producer of the ElvisFestival.com
Ben Portsmouth won the most prestigious award possible in the Elvis Tribute Business. He won the Elvis Presley Enterprises Ultimate contest this year, making him the best Elvis tribute artist in the world. There are over 50, 000 Elvis tribute artists worldwide and to win this contest is like winning the super bowl. I have known Ben for over 6 years now and have had the opportunity to work with him in Europe many times, he is one of the most honorable, kindest and respectful singer I have ever known. A just down to earth good guy. I should know as I produced Elvis Presley concerts for the last 7 years of his life and I only work with people who show respect for what they do and have the talent to produce the best show possible. Ben fits all the criteria which is why I will continue to support him and appear with him when possible.
Charles Stone, 10/12/2012
I just wanted to start off by saying that my wife (Tina) and I came to see your show earlier this year in Windsor.
Tina's a massive Elvis fan and has been ever since she started listening to him many years ago and I guess I have her to thank for introducing me to his music.In all honesty I had not heard of your act before you advertised to play in Windsor, but from reading the reviews I thought we would come
and see the show. The fear is that when you really like an artist and you go to see a tribute act, then they can either do it justice or they can really spoil the memory. Tina has seen some Elvis tribute acts before, even in Las Vegas. Unfortunately this did not do the King justice.
However, in the case of your act (TCE) I have to say that, you not only did Elvis justice but you surpassed all expectations that we had. The show was quite simply fantastic, to the extent that we couldn't stop dancing in our seats. Whenever I hear someone trying to do Elvis, there are 2 things that I do. The first is that I close my eyes and listen to compare how close to the King they actually sound and the second is I look over to Tina to see what her expression is. I have to say, not only did it sound like I was listening to an Elvis CD but when I looked over to see Tina's expression all I could see was pure amazement that you sounded so authentic.We could see that you had a large following in Windsor that night and it was easy to see why. We talked about it to all of our friends and family and then we bought tickets to come and see you again - this weekend (8th Dec) at the Kenton Theatre as part of Tina's birthday celebration (she turned 41 a few days ago).
Whenever I look back at footage of the King one thing that really stands out is that he made a real connection with his audience and it's really positive and authentic to see you doing and achieving the same.
Sid & Tina. 4/12/2012
I've been fortunate enough to see many great artists over the years - Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince, Kylie, Rihanna, Bon Jovi, Usher, Jay-Z, Kayne West, REM, Bruno Mars, Tina Turner and many more (I really enjoy music and concerts) but I can't think of a time when I'm still in awe of what I just saw. I can only put it down to one thing - last night, I truly witnessed something amazing and something that I thought I never would - I saw Elvis!
When I was a boy of 11, Elvis Presley died, and I cried for a year. I dreamed of being an Elvis impersonator and copied his every move and vocal characteristic. I ended up being a radio personality, but Elvis inspired me to be a performer. When I saw Ben's performance on Letterman, it was like watching a ghost. Tears welled up in my eyes and I got goosebumps. In 30 years of watching Elvis impersonators, I have NEVER seen anything like Ben Portsmouth. He is stunning. If he comes to the DC area, I want to have him in studio, and I will do everthing I can to promote him. I work for Mix 107.3 and WMAL in Washington DC and have around 1,000,000 listeners.
Rob Carson 29/03/13
I recently had the opportunity to view Ben's performance on the David Letterman's show for the first time, and I'm in awe! Ben is truly a tribute artist, rather than an impersonator. Over the decades, many impersonators unfortunately made a mockery of the legacy of Elvis - non intentional, of course. Many were overweight, over the hill, and couldn't mimic the moves and chemistry that Elvis brought to the stage.......until you, Ben.
I enjoyed your video collection and hope to witness one of your concerts in person. Honestly, your work and talent is a gift to all us who enjoyed the "King" in his prime. I have not seen anything quite like this and neither has the world yet.
Eddie Babula, New Jersey 24/03/2013
My name is William Westcott I live in the beautiful state of North Carolina ,I am 61 years old and have been an Elvis fan since I was 5 years old,It broke my heart when Elvis died.
But now it is as if he has come back to us , through Ben. My Lord he is so amazing so gifted as well as his entire band too.I only wish that before I get too old I will be able to sit at one of Bens live performances.
My wife and I see a lot of Elvis Tribute artists at Myrtle Beach South Carolina
But none like Ben....Could he be Elvis's son ??? wishful thought,Anyway please let Ben know how much joy he gives us on You Tube.
Also my ultimate Dream would be that Ben could re-enact the same Hawai special back in 1973 that 1 billion people watched on TV.
It would be an event of the century...and I know it would be as Big as the 73' show
People want Elvis Back and Ben is our answer. Keep Ben healthy and until then Cheers William.
William Westcott 11/10/2013
What a fantastic night we had at Windsor last night. Mum and Dad’s favourite record is Hurt (Timi Yuro version) and when Ben sang it we all cried! (emotionally of course) He was awesome and I would like to put a testimonial on the website to say so. I have never seen the Theatre Royal fully booked and I expect that Ben could have sold it twice over. The vibe in the room was amazing right from when he came on stage and the atmosphere was electric by the end. AND… Nessum Dorma! Our night was just superb and I would like to thank Ben, the band and those excellent backing singers for cheering us all up. Needless to say we are all heading for The Hexagon in May.
Mrs Karen Green 03/02/2014
MY SISTER AND I SAW BEN IN OCEAN CITY, MD OCTOBER, 25, 2014. I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO AN ETA SHOW BUT I HAD SEEN BEN ON DAVID LETTERMAN AND THOUGHT HE WAS AMAZING SO I LOOKED HIM UP TO SEE IF HE WAS PLAYING NEAR ME....BY LUCK HE WAS. I WAS BORN IN 75 BUT I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED ELVIS' MUSIC. DURING THE SHOW I ACTUALLY FOUND MYSELF CRYING UNCONTROLLABLY QUITE A FEW TIMES. HE SOUNDED SOOOO MUCH LIKE ELVIS AND HAD ALL OF HIS MOVES AND MANNERISMS DOWN PERFECTLY. I DID NOT WANT THE SHOW TO END!! I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HIS SHOWS IN THE FUTURE.
THANKS BEN FOR BRINGING ELVIS BACK TO US!!
Wendy Davis-Coinjock, NC October 2014
On Saturday night my dad and I attended your Wellington concert in Upper Hutt. We were celebrating my dad's 73rd birthday - afterwards he declared it was the best birthday he has ever had!
My dad grew up in the Elvis generation. His fondest Elvis memory was when he was 18 years old at the Wellington premier of Jailhouse Rock. As the music played throughout the movie everyone in the cinema jumped out of their seats and began dancing in the isles. The next day local newspapers were buzzing with headlines like "raucous youth take over cinema", and "Elvis causes teenage riot". If that's what they thought was rebellious behaviour I'd hate to think what their thoughts would be on today's generation!
Your concert was spectacular. As an Elvis fan I appreciated the variety of songs you sang including some of his lesser known songs. My highlight was your rendition of Unchained Melody, it was the most soulful performance of the song I have ever heard. I also loved watching the joy on the faces of the older ladies in audience who went weak at the knees when you gave them a scarf - I was worried some of them were close to having a stroke or cardiac arrest!
Basically, the purpose of this email is just to say thank you for what you do. You created an atmosphere that was filled with so much fun, happiness, and joy.
Your performance allowed people like my father and others from the older generation to re-live their youth for a few precious hours. It also allowed younger people like me (in their 20-something's) to temporarily exist in a decade that we never got to experience first hand.