On December 4, 1956 Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash came together at the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee for an impromptu jam session.
Inspired by this true event, the famed recording session is recreated in the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of Million Dollar Quartet currently playing at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.
In this special 20 questions series we meet the actors playing these four rock and roll legends, who also answer our 20 questions as their musical counterparts.
20 Questions with Erik Fraser Gow (and Elvis Presley)
1Your first job.
Erik: Driving the ball collector cart at the driving range.
Elvis: Driving a truck for Crown Electric.
2The job you always wanted as a child.
Erik: Professional hockey player.
3Your pet peeve.
Erik: People who are rude to servers.
Elvis: People always wantin’ to touch my hair.
Erik: Lin Manuel Miranda.
Elvis: Gladys Presley.
5Your biggest indulgence.
Erik: Bubble baths.
Elvis: Hair products. Love me that jojoba oil.
6One thing no one knows about you.
Erik: My terrible television program guilty pleasure.
Elvis: If I told you, then you’d all know.
7Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
Erik: A pencil, paper, and a piano.
Elvis: Guitar, a Cadillac, and another Cadillac.
8The one word your best friend would use to describe you.
9If you were not an actor (or musician), what would you be doing?
Erik: Children’s literature writer.
Elvis: I’d still be singing.
10Hero or villain?
11Your life’s motto/mantra.
Erik: Everything in moderation, including moderation.
Elvis: Rhythm is either something you have or you don’t have, but when you have it, you have it all over.
12Your favourite song.
Erik: For today it’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen.
Elvis: “My Happiness”.
13Your favourite movie.
Erik: Shawshank Redemption.
Elvis: Rebel Without a Cause.
14If you were a cartoon character which cartoon character would you be, and why?
Erik: Winnie The Pooh, on account of my perpetually feeling a little 11 o’clockish.
Elvis: Snoopy. That’s one hip little dog.
15What will it say on your grave marker?
Erik: Something profound.
Elvis: How should I know? I ain’t gonna be writin’ it.
16Who would you most like to have dinner with?
Erik: Stephen Fry.
Elvis: Brigitte Bardot.
17Your idea of happiness.
Erik: A night in with a few friends, drinks, wonderful conversation, board games and songs around the piano.
Elvis: Gettin’ the guitar out with the guys and havin’ us a little party.
18If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 20-year old self?
Erik: Get your tickets for Hamilton now and maybe you’ll get in by the time you’re my age.
Elvis: See you next year.
19The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.
Erik: The friendships I’ve made.
Elvis: Buyin’ a house for my ma’ and dad.
20To be or not to be?
Erik: Or something in-between.
Elvis: I’m just gonna be me, man.