New Elvis exhibition heading to London

Due to phenomenal public demand, Elvis Presley™, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll™, will be returning to The O2 in London with a new exhibition, Elvis on Tour, opening on 3 November 2017.  Tickets for this new three month retrospective will go on sale at 9am on Friday 18th August.

Following the mammoth success of 2014/2015 Elvis at The O2 exhibition, which was visited by over 200,000 people, Elvis on Tour The Exhibition will showcase more than 200 artefacts from the Graceland archives many of which will be in the UK for the very first time.

This new exhibition covering the years 1969 – 1977 will provide an in-depth look at the world that was Elvis on Tour, offering a unique insight into exactly what drove the audiences wild in the ’70’s – the chance to see the King in concert as he toured America.

Bringing together dozens of examples of Elvis’ costumes and stage wear along with the guitars, jewellery, posters and - for the first time - unique interviews with Elvis’ touring band, Elvis on Tour The Exhibition will take fans into a world where millions of people watched the greatest live rock and roll shows ever staged, which at one point was televised to over one billion people worldwide.

Providing an insight into what went on backstage, the planes, the clothes and of course the music, Elvis on Tour The Exhibition will bring fans as close as possible to the experience of seeing the King live for themselves.

Artefacts showcased in Elvis on Tour The Exhibition and leaving Graceland include:

 

  • Over 35 jumpsuits and costumes worn by Elvis between 1969-1977
  • Guitars from tours that Elvis played during the period, including the Gretzch Country Gentlemen Guitar used by Elvis on stage in Las Vegas in 1969
  • Tour trunks including one still filled with silk scarves that Elvis gave out to audiences at his concerts during 1969-1970
  • Original acetate of ‘An American Trilogy’ – a song brought to Elvis by Priscilla
  • Original costume sketches designed by Elvis’s designer Bill Belew who also designed outfits for Priscilla Presley
  • Gold Belt given to Elvis in 1969 by the International Hotel in Las Vegas to mark his record breaking live performance attendance in the City

 

Priscilla Presley comments: ''To have a second exhibition dedicated to Elvis opening in London is remarkable. We were overwhelmed by the huge numbers, who were not only fans but people who were curious to learn more about Elvis, who visited the last exhibition at The O2. Elvis was beloved by his fans and they also meant the world to him. We are delighted that this carefully curated selection of over 200 artefacts from the Graceland archives will give them the opportunity to gain an even greater insight into his life and how he impacted popular culture around the world through his music, movies and personal style. Lisa and I are excited to share these treasured memories that cover 1969 - 1977 for this unique exhibition in London.”

Priscilla Presley will be making a very special appearance in London on 30 November 2017, joining the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra on stage at The O2 as part of the Elvis in Concert – Live on Stage UK tour.

 

 

Angie Marchese, director of archives at Graceland, added: “It is so exciting to curate a second Elvis exhibition at London's O2 Arena. Focusing on Elvis' touring years and showcasing items that have never been displayed outside of Graceland before.”

 

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