Elvis heads back to Pigeon Forge

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Spencer Jenkins

Although Eddie Miles has aged since his first performance as Elvis at the Memories Theatre at Pigeon Forge, he’s looking forward to making new memories there.

Eddie Miles, a Nelson County native who has appeared numerous times at the Lincoln Jamboree in Hodgenville, has made a living with his Elvis act for years and headlined at the Memories Theatre in Pigeon Forge in the ’90s as Elvis Presley. Now he said he’s returning to his old stage to headline again.

“I’m not 17 years younger, but I think I can still hang on,” he said. “I don’t have the age advantage, but I’ve got the experience, and I feel like I’m better singing now and at ease on stage.”

Miles returned to the theater March 8, resuming his role as Elvis in the show “Elvis and Friends.”

“I was the original entertainer there in the early ’90s, but had to leave for a back injury,” he said. “It’s kind of made full circle now ....”

He said it was his idea to return because he will be able to pursue his passion of performance as well as cut down on his travel.

“It was an effort to get off the road and not be so beat up from driving,” he said.

Recently, Miles has been out on his own performing his own two-hour concert called “Salute to Elvis and Country Legends.”

Since he is returning to Pigeon Forge, he will be dropping the country legends act, and focusing on his Elvis performance.

“Going back to the theater now, I’ll just be doing the 45-minute set on Elvis,” he said. “It’ll be a lot easier on me.”

He added that the return would also be like going home because his younger brother Hank Miles is the bandleader there.

“It’s been 17 years since I was in that theater, and I still meet people at Walmart that say, ‘Do you still have your place in Tennessee?’ he said. “I want people to know that I’m back at the Memories Theatre.”

The show he will be in is a legend show that features people performing as The Blues Brothers, Buddy Holly, Bob Jones and a wide variety of other famous musicians, he said.

“The Elvis is the main act, and stays there all the time,” Miles said. “It’s not something new to me. I was there from 90 to 94.”

He said he wants to get the word out because people love visiting the Smoky Mountains and Pigeon Forge.

“It’s a destination for anybody within a 500-mile radius from there,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it, and it’ll be easier than the road, and I’m looking forward to working with my brother again.”

Miles opened up for the theater 17 years ago and said it will definitely be an experience going back.

“I’m sure it’s going to be like déjà vu and going back in a time capsule because I was there when that theater started,” he said. “It’s still going and it’s the longest-running show at Pigeon Forge.”