At age 13, Randy Friskie looked more like a member of Led Zeppelin than a budding Elvis tribute artist.
It was the 1970s and he was playing drums in his dad's country band.
But even then, even with drumsticks in his hands and hair down to his waist, there was no mistaking the voice. That voice.
"All these people were saying, 'Man, that kid sounds like Elvis. Boy, does he ever sound like Elvis.' " recalled Friskie of his early teen years.
"And I thought, 'Oh that's cool.' I always liked the way he carried himself, and the way that he was cool but he wasn't cocky and he treated everybody with respect."
Today, Friskie is one of the top Elvis Presley tribute artists in North America. His career has spanned three decades and he continues to pack concert halls wherever he plays.
On Saturday, Sept. 14, Friskie and his Las Vegas Show Band bring their 40th Anniversary Aloha Tour to Kamloops.
The show has been called ". . . the best of the best. . ." by The Vancouver Sun.
The concert, which takes place at Sagebrush Theatre at 7:30 p.m., recreates The King's famous 1973 satellite concert Aloha from Hawaii.
Joining Friskie on stage will be his daughter, Cassandra, in tribute to Marilyn Monroe, Cher, Patsy Cline and Connie Francis.
"We try to give the audience a little bit of everything," said Friske.
"Our whole band is amazing. We got guys from all over and we've narrowed it down to the best guys for what we want to do — and that is: put on the best show we can."
Cassandra has been performing in her dad's shows since she was nine, when Friskie had to unexpectedly replace his Patsy Cline singer.
"I was frantic because I had just come back from Vegas and had all these shows booked," said Friske.
"They were all sold out and we had a 'Patsy' on the bill. I was sitting there frantic one day and my daughter saw me. She said, 'Daddy, how many songs do you need?'"
Young Cassandra sang Patsy Cline songs on the rest of that tour, wowing audiences and the band. "A lot people thought at first that she was lip-syncing," said Friske.
The little girl with the big voice is now 23 years old and pursuing a music career of her own when she isn't performing with her dad.
As for their 40th Anniversary Aloha Tour, Friskie said it will appeal to longtime Elvis fans as well as those who were too young to have experience Elvis when he was alive.
"That's what I like," said Friskie.
"I can look out at the audience and see a five-year-old kid bouncing to the song and then I can see a 98-year-old woman singing every word. The music has touched a lot of people."
Tickets are $39.50 through KamloopsLive.ca or by calling 250-374-5483.