Not all that long ago in a city not far away… a band was formed like no other.
Now Aberdeen music-makers Darth Elvis and the Imperials are hoping their unique combination of Elvis covers on a Star Wars theme can cash in on the latest instalment of the multimillion pound Holywood series.
Made up of Greig Robertson, Stuart Neish, Pete Robertson and Neil Scollay, the foursome wear costumes from the popular franchise and even released their own Christmas single this year entitled Sithmas on Hoth.
The band, who formed in 2007, hope the force will be with them in the New Year with a new album of parody songs set for release and even hopes of festival dates.
Mr Robertson, who goes under the pseudonym Darth Elvis, said: “In 2005 I received a painting from a friend for my birthday and it was Elvis dressed in Sith robes with a red lightsaber.
“That really got my imagination going and I started working on song ideas.
“The band was formed in January 2007 and we entered a battle of the bands contest to perform at the first Celebration Europe convention at the Excel in London and were lucky enough to be one of the two bands picked to perform.
“1977 was the year Elvis died and also the year that Star Wars was unleashed on the world.
“The concept of the band is that Elvis didn’t die but turned to the dark side of the Force. We are all huge fans of both Elvis and Star Wars but grew up on a diet of Star Wars movies, toys and cartoons.
“The bulk of our songs are Star Wars themed parody versions of classic Elvis songs… but we have also introduced some other artists like the Jackson 5 “I want Chewbacca” and Electric Six “Ackbar.”
And Mr Robertson says the band’s fans have a passion that would put the most zealous stormtrooper to shame.
He said: “They have really helped the band grow from our early days and helped secure us shows at conventions around the UK.
“A lot of our audience dress up and get into the spirit of our shows, sing and dance along with the songs. (The band) are big on audience participation. ”
And what does Mr Robertson think of the latest instalment after the disappointment many diehards felt following the prequels series?
He said: “The band went to the film together at the midnight screening and were all absolutely blown away.
“We have already been to see it again and are planning a trip to see it in IMAX in either Perth or Glasgow.
“The new cast and characters are hot dang inspiring and our children love them.
“We were also lucky enough to perform at the Queens Links Cineworld on release night which seemed to go down really well with the crowds heading in and out of the film.”