The ESSENCE of ROD
Rod has called his show ‘The Essence of Elvis’ as he does not want to be known as an Elvis Impersonator, rather as a singer/guitarist who pays tribute to Elvis Presley - one of the greatest performers of all time.
Rod is a seasoned musician with an exceptional voice, who has taken his act to many parts of Australia. He has been performing Elvis songs since he was a mere 15 years old. Rod performed regularly on the Gold Coast in the 90’s before moving to Moruya in 2000, where he collaborated with other local musicians before again going solo. He now calls Tasmania home.
Rod has been appearing at the PARKES ELVIS FESTIVAL since 2007. And for many years appeared daily at the Parkes Services Club. In 2016 he performed a whole new show at the PARKES RAILWAY HOTEL and also at THE RAILWAY BOWLING CLUB during the festival. Rod appeared at The Parkes Railway Hotel again in 2017, 2018 & 2019.
Rod was also well received in Tasmania in 2010, and has toured there every year since (twice in 2013) performing a string of sold out shows where the demand for encores seemed to go on forever.
The 2015 ‘HAWAIIAN SUNSET' tour, which featured songs from Elvis’s movies was a great success with many people dressing in their Hawaiian best.
The 2016 the theme was 'Rock & Roll' with 19 shows performed all around Tassie. It was great to see so many familiar faces, and many new ones at all of these great shows.
The 2017 Tassie tour's theme was JUKEBOX HITS FROM HEAVEN and featured Elvis classics and also hits from other legends such as, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison & Dean Martin.
Now Rod is based in Tasmania, he will be concentrating on local Tassie shows for now.
Rod traveled to the USA in May 2016 where he was the special guest for the 'Elvis & The Southern Sounds' 2016 tour to Memphis, Nashville, Vegas and more. It was a tremendous success and Rod's special performance at the Crown Plaza in Memphis sure was a night to remember. Tour members as well as other guests from all over the world enjoyed a wonderful, fun filled night of music and dancing. And just to make the night even more special, it was held right across the road from where Elvis lived as a young lad with his parents.
The current ‘Essence of Elvis’ show includes all of the Elvis’s favourites from throughout his career, as well as songs from his movies, beautiful gospel numbers and a few that aren’t as well-known as Elvis songs that may surprise you. He even throws in a bit of Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and a few other non-Elvis songs for a bit of variety.
The costumes are replicas of the real thing and are custom made in the USA and Rod’s light hearted manner on stage as well as his guitar work and those classic ‘Elvis moves’ makes for a great show, always enjoyed by old and new ‘Elvis’ fans alike.
Rod’s 3rd CD “ROD TOOVEY at the movies with Elvis”, which showcases 15 great songs from Elvis’s movies is now available and can be purchased from the buy and listen page.
Rod is very versatile and can adapt his show to suit any venue, from a lounge bar in a club, to a full show in an auditorium
Rod is available for all types of celebrations;
from weddings and birthdays
to corporate functions and beyond