Mark’s Fans Face ‘The Final Curtain’ On Concert Film

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Mark Leen with his new concert DVD ‘The Final Curtain’ filmed at his farewell shows in the INEC back in January 2013. Photo by Dermot Crean

IT’S been 18 months in the making but Mark Leen’s final shows as Emerald Elvis have finally made it to the small screen with the release of ‘The Final Curtain’ Concert DVD.

Singer-songwriter Mark played three sell-out shows in the INEC in January 2013, to mark the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ Aloha Concert in Hawaii and these were captured on film by the former FAS production and TV unit, directed by Paul Dolan.

“There were 10 different cameras involved and it was shot over the three nights in the INEC,” said Mark, when spoke to him on Tuesday. “Paul said the students involved couldn’t buy that sort of experience of filming a concert of that scale, with 20 people performing on the stage,” he said.

“It’s a fantastic production, the best I’ve ever been involved with and I’ve been involved with a few in the past, including one made by RTE,” said Mark, who retired his Emerald Elvis act after the INEC shows.

“Some of the musicians were on stage with Elvis at the Hawaii concert 40 years earlier. There was great sound and everything came right for me,” said Mark.

So why did it take so long to come out?

TT ad Apr-Jun“Well I wanted to get it right,” said Mark. “There were also issues about the rights for the songs that had to be sorted out, but I didn’t want to be rushing it. I wanted people to sit at home with their surround sound systems and hear it at its best. And it does that!” said Mark.

They’re selling like hot cakes too since Mark received the shipment of DVDs on Tuesday.

“I’m selling it online through Paypal where people send me €20 and I ship it off anywhere in the world – to America, Australia, anywhere. Just a while ago I sent some off Belgium and Holland. There’s 100 posted already since I got them this morning,” he said.

“I just wanted to say goodbye to the Elvis side of my singing career in style and the lads up in FAS have helped me do that. It’s the sort of DVD that you could play on Christmas day and the whole family could sit around and watch it. It’s intriguing stuff and some of the best singing I’ve ever done,” he said.

If you want a copy of the DVD call Mark on 086-1935277. You can also get it from Hussey’s Shop in Princes Street or Curley’s Garden Centre in Ballinorig. You can contact Mark also through his Facebook page by clicking here.

See below for an extract from the DVD.

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