The band was active in the late Eighties and early Nineties, and has recently re-formed (2005). It consists of singer Jim Leedy (a.k.a. “Elvis Hitler”), guitarist John Defever, bassist Warren Defever, and drummer Damian Lang. Their irreverent mix of rockabilly and lowbrow humor led to them having a cult following in their day, though they never had commercial success. Their first album, Disgraceland, was initially released on Wang Head records in 1987 (WH004) and early copies came in a handmade sleeve formed from corrugated cardboard with a black-and-white sheet pasted to the front and back. The band managed to put out three CDs on Restless Records. They then disappeared from the public spotlight for the first time. Warren Defever would go on to front the dramatically-different sounding His Name Is Alive, and work as a record producer for underground bands.
In 1998, however, Elvis Hitler reunited as a 3-piece band with former Mutants guitarist Pasadena now on bass and occasional guitar and his (at the time) 18-year-old son Jeff on drums, who would later go on to play with bands like One Hump Chump, Short Of 1st, The Weakend, and Deastro. This lineup continued to play until mid 2000. They once more reunited in 2003 at The Magic Stick club in Detroit with Warren Defever returning to the bass. They played one more concert at that club on September 4, 2004.
Their minor “hit” song “Green Haze” consisted of the lyrics from the successful TV-show Green Acres sung to the tune of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.”
Formed in early 2007, The Devil Elvis Show is a Rock & Roll band from the Ann Arbor/
Devil Elvis is more than a tribute to Elvis, it is a tribute to Rock & Roll itself. The band has something that appeals to anyone that enjoys a rockin’ good time.
Who is Devil Elvis?
The band’s front man, Devil Elvis, is a ultra Rock n’ Roll Elvis-like
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Whatever the occasion, The Devil Elvis Show can entertain audiences of all ages, all types, and anyone that likes a rockin’ good time.