So by now you probably have heard the news. Elvis is Back in The Building! Obviously not the REAL Elvis. But at least this one has the entire blessing of the Elvis Presley organization. Best of all, the whole thing is housed in the Las Vegas home to Elvis, the old International/Hilton/LVH – now called the Westgate.
His only daughter Lisa Marie and his ex-wife Pricilla were on hand to celebrate and open it all up a few weeks ago. The Wedding Chapel, The Exhibition, The Show and The Experience. The experience is referring to the whole “Elvis” thing. See the show, see the exhibition and maybe try out the chapel. It will be an Elvis experience! It all is to take you back to Las Vegas in the 70’s when Elvis ruled the roost.
This was as close to a recreation of an Elvis concert at the International as you can get. Martin Fontaine does a superb job of channeling the ghost of Elvis in concert and giving the stage show that feeling of the early 1970s and allowing today’s guests to fully experience one of the King’s sold-out Las Vegas performances on the same stage where Elvis performed during his record-breaking, seven-year stint from 1969 through 1976.
Complete with 24 musicians and eight backup singers. Unfortunately, Martin Fontaine is only performing till the end of May. Because he did make you believe you were at an Elvis concert. The next Graceland performer has yet to be announced.
Now, this is for the true Elvis aficionado as well as the casual Elvis inquirer. If you forgot what made Elvis – “Elvis”, this will do it for you. A walk through his life from Tupelo, Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee and into the world spotlight.
Artifacts and video clips, contract agreements and private letters. All from the Graceland vaults and private archives. You see it all through the eyes of Elvis and the people who knew him. It all ends with a 26-minute video showing his roots and a series of video clips showing him in concert, up close and personal.
As one who grew up with the later Elvis and not being much of a fan of his, I can say this exhibition did it for me. I loved how it took you into His life and experienced it from a personal perspective. The video at the end will remind you (or tell you) why Elvis Presley will always be “The King of Rock and Roll”