All over Asia, pirate Kings are lacing up their blue suede shoes. With the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death next Friday, Asia is about to show why it is still the global capital of fakes. 'In departure lounges all over Asia, Elvises are on the move,' said Tommy Ooi, president of the International Elvis Presley Fan Club (Hong Kong). 'There is going to be the biggest ever get-together of Asian Elvises'. The main convention will be held in Tokyo next Saturday, a gathering which will see more than 1,200 Elvis fans and impersonators from all over the region. 'This event will be a first, a milestone in Elvis fandom history,' gushed Ooi, one of the convention organisers. 'For many years, Elvis impersonators didn't even know their counterparts existed among their close neighbours.' Hong Kongers unable to make it to Tokyo can get their fill of carpet sideburns and crepe shoes when the world's No 1 Elvis pretender turns up to play a string of concerts in early September. American-born Stephen Kabakos, the winner of last year's World Championship Images Of The King Competition, plays the Park Lane Hotel's Styx Nightclub on September 2 and the New World's New Era Nightclub on September 4-5, with other dates to be arranged. Kabakos' award-winning act covers Elvis' entire career from the early Sun Studio recordings, through to the army, movies and the king's 1968 comeback. Whether he is a match for Lan Kwai Fong's charismatic Melvis (right) remains to be seen.