Elvis at the O2

 

ELVIS AT THE O2

THE EXHIBITION OF HIS LIFE — DIRECT FROM GRACELAND®

12 DECEMBER 2014 – 31 AUGUST 2015

TICKETS ON SALE 9AM FRIDAY 7 NOVEMBER

 

 

Britain will get personal insight into the life of Elvis Presley™, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll™, through the largest Elvis™ retrospective ever mounted in Europe, Elvis at The O2: The Exhibition of His Life. Opening at The O2, London on 12 December, the nine month exhibition will showcase over 300 artefacts direct from the Presley family’s treasured Graceland Archives, some of which have never been exhibited outside of Graceland in Memphis.

 

Presented in Elvis at The O2: The Exhibition of His Life will include automobiles, personal items, historical documents, iconic stage costumes, guitars, gold and platinum records, and photography, in addition to dazzling audio and video presentations. Even the famous pool table Elvis played on with The Beatles will be on display. Specific items leaving Memphis for the first of its kind London exhibition include:

– “TCB” (Taking Care of Business) ring, 16 total karats with a centre solitaire of 11.5 karats

– American Eagle jumpsuit from Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii

– Red 1960 MG Roadster from the film Blue Hawaii

– Elvis’ personal wallet containing photos of a young Lisa Marie Presley

– Elvis’ personal keys to Graceland

 

Some artefacts will only be on display for a limited period of time during the nine month run, giving the exhibition narrative a fresh and exciting story worth seeing on multiple occasions. Artefacts scheduled to be on display for a limited period of time over the course of the exhibition include:

– American Eagle jumpsuit from Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii

– 1955 “Pink Cadillac” Fleetwood used for touring and eventually given to his mother

– Elvis’ gold lame´ outfit worn on stage in 1957

– Black leather suit from the 1968 Comeback Special

 

Elvis at The O2: The Exhibition of His Life chronicles the rise of the rock ‘n’ roll icon and how Elvis impacted popular culture around the world through his music, movies and personal style. From his humble beginnings to his meteoric rise to fame, the exhibition will explore Elvis mania that first swept America and then the world, ground-breaking recording sessions, record-breaking concert tours, his military service, Hollywood film career and influence on fashion. Most importantly, visitors will get an intimate peek behind the gates of Graceland and come to know the man hailed as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, who strived to be the best possible, father, son and friend.

 

Graceland’s Director of Archives, Angie Marchese, comments: “This is not a collection amassed from auctions; they are personal items from Graceland, where Elvis lived most of his life. The exhibition will tell the story of a music revolution that began when Elvis first stepped into a recording studio in 1954 and the lasting impact of his incredible legacy”.

 

As a companion to Elvis at The O2: The Exhibition of His Life, the largest Elvis themed retail outlet ever assembled in Europe will serve as a marketplace for a large variety of Elvis and Graceland merchandise, including a broad selection of Elvis Presley CD’s and box sets from RCA/Legacy Recordings, including an exclusive Limited Edition 2-CD keepsake collection, The Music From Elvis At The O2, made specifically for this Exhibition and only available with ticket purchase or at the O2 Exhibition retail outlet.

 

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Friday                   9am        General on sale: www.axs.com/elvis

 

 

WE CAN’T WAIT!!!

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Calling The Tune Film Festival Elvis Day!

On June 21st Strictly Elvis will be holding a special Elvis day as part of the ‘Calling The Tune’ Film Festival at the Old Vinyl Factory, the historic former home of EMI.

There’ll be a fantastic double bill of classic Elvis on the big screen with a showing of King Creole and Jailhouse Rock. There will also be Elvis merchandise and memorabilia for sale and other rare footage being shown during the day.

And then in the evening we’ll have a rocking Elvis disco. It’s going to be a fantastic day.

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New Vintage Rock Magazine on sale now with fab competition!

The new issue of Vintage Rock magazine is now on sale priced £5.99 from WHvinrockmag Smiths and other leading newsagents. As well as great features on Wanda, Jackson, Billy Fury, Ray Charles and Ritchie Valens and all the usual news and reviews on the UK’s Rockin’ scene there’s also a free to enter competition to win two places to our ‘That’s All Right Mama’ Grand Summer Ball in Leicester on July 5th.

Grab your copy now!

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Elvis is Cool!

What do we mean when we say someone is cool? Well a major new exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC is looking to define that term.

The American Cool exhibition runs at the museum until September 7th this year1303_1 and features a whole host of names in some of their most iconic photos. Of course no celebration of coolness would be complete without Elvis and he’s present in one of our favourite photos of him taken in Tupelo in 1956. In fact it’s this photo that the new ‘Hands’ statue of Elvis outside Tupelo’s City Hall is based upon. We also noticed that Elvis got two pictures in the exhibit instead of just one like everyone else as he features as part of Andy Warhols entry too with the famous painting Warhol did of him.

For more on the ‘American Cool’ exhibit visit:  http://www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/Cool/index.html

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The King and Old Blue Eyes

It’s another important date in Elvis history today and another that ties up with a future trip we have planned. Exactly 54 years ago today on March 26th 1960 sinatra_elvis_tv_specialElvis recorded ‘The Frank Sinatra Timex Special: Welcome Home Elvis’. It was to be Elvis’ first televised appearance since his military discharge (the show itself didn’t actually air until May 12th). It marked a real turning point in the career of Elvis as up until then the old guard of people like Sinatra had heavily criticised Elvis and his style of music. But after proudly serving his country, they soon realised that Elvis was a fine, upstanding gentleman and started to come round to the fact that he was here to stay. The show was filmed at the fabulous Fontainbleau Hotel in Miami and it’s here that we’ll be staying on the extension part of the 80th Birthday Tour in January next year. After getting to experience the delights of Memphis during the very special Birthday celebrations you’ll have the chance to soak up some winter sun as we head to Florida and see and stay in the very location of this historic event. The full brochure will be mailed along with our newsletter shortly and if you’re not on mailing list contact us at enquiries@strictlyelvis.net or ring us on 01473 621 564.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmWc3XAhCWw

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The most famous haircut in history

Exactly 56 years ago today Elvis received perhaps the most famous haircut in history at Fort Chaffee Army barracks the day after being inducted into the US Army. As you know we like to give fellow fans something new and different and that’s the Strictly difference as everything we do is for fans – by fans  and so last year Strictly Elvis UK / The Elvis Travel Service visited Fort Chafee and the barbershop (now a museum) where history was made, en route to New Orleans. It was our first visit but was such a hit that we just had to go back and so are pleased to announce that we will be as part of our annual memorial tour in 2015.

But of course it wasn’t just in the USA where Elvis proudly served his country as an outstanding serviceman, the majority of his time was spent in Germany and next year we’ll also be returning to the towns of Bad Nauheim and Friedberg to see the Elvis sights from his time there as part of another fabulous Elvis Travel Service tour – we’ll show you places that you won’t see on other tours.

It’s all part of next year’s celebrations to mark the 55th anniversary of Elvis’ discharge from the US Army. So we hope you can join us as we show you the places that became such an integral part of Elvis’ life story and particularly those that made up one of the most important too – when he turned into a true patriot and proudly served his country. Watch this space for more information.

See a short film of that famous haircut here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyS5wOcYua4

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Elvis Vinyl Auction Update

Following on from our previous story regarding the huge auction of Elvis vinyl taking place in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk on Friday 21st March, here’s a great little story about the lots up for grabs that featured on the ITV news in the region last night:

www.itv.com/news/anglia/2014-03-19/2-000-elvis-presley-records-go-on-sale-in-suffolk/

More details about the auction, and how to bid, can be found on the website of the auctioneers, Lacy Scott and Knight: www.lskauctioncentre.co.uk

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