Celebrating Elvis’ 75th birthday is a full-year endeavor and it all started with a commemorative anniversary gala which was hosted at Graceland in Memphis on January 8, 2010. In addition to the annual birthday procalamtion ceremony on the front lawn of Graceland, events included exhibits, parties, dances, and panel discussions. Also, a Friday night tribute at the FedEx Forum by NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, wearing blue suede shoes for the occasion; a Saturday night pops concert by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, with guest TCB Band members Ronnie Tutt, James Burton and Glen D. Hardin, and a Sunday morning gospel concert by Elvis’ Imperials at Graceland Plaza.
In February, the birthday celebration will continue with the premier of “Viva ELVIS” by Cirque du Soleil at ARIA Resort and Casino in CityCenter in Las Vegas. “Viva ELVIS” is the fusion of dance, acrobatics and live music paying tribue to Elvis’ incredible life.Created in his image, the lavish stage show highlights the man who transformed popular music and whose image embodies the freedom, excitement and turbulence of an era. Ticket and show information are available now at www.cirquedusoleil.com/vivaelvis.
Available on March 23rd, On Stage: Legacy Edition pays tribute to Elvis in one of the most outstanding performance periods in his career. This deluxe 2-CD package couples the 1969 album “Elvis In Person” (plus 6 bonus tracks) AND 1970’s “On Stage” (plus 4 bonus tracks)! This collection is the latest entry in a full slate of Elvis Presley catalog titles that will be released throughout the year.
For the ultimate aficianado, there is the incredible “Elvis: The Complete Masters Collection”. This 36-CD compendium has gathered all 711 master recordings for the very first time! For further details go to www.FranklinMintElvis.com
The King lives on! Happy Birthday Elvis! Make sure to check out www.elvisthemusic.com for all of the latest Elvis news and to hear about all of the exciting events commemorating Elvis’ 75th birthday!!