Although the velvet tongued performer formally departed our world back in 1977, it seem that Elvis never really ‘left the building’ so to speak. So, if you don’t want to end up doing the ‘Jailhouse Rock’, or renting a room at the ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ you might what to jive your way on down to the O2 before the 31st August, to experience the largest ever Elvis exhibition in Europe!
Elvis was born in 1935 in Mississippi, but relocated with his family to Memphis, Tennessee in 1948. It was here that he began his music career in 1954, where he recorded his first song with producer, Sam Phillips, at Sun Records. An early pioneer of rockabilly, Presley became contracted to RCA Victor in 1956 and released his first RCA single; Heartbreak Hotel, which became a Number 1 hit in the USA.
Presley was regarded as the leading figure of rock and roll, after a string of chart-topping records. He also tried his hand at acting, and made a number of hit movies before his draft into the United States military. Sadly, Elvis passed away at the age of 42, after several years of prescription drug abuse, leaving behind his wife, Priscilla, and his young daughter, Lisa Marie. Despite his untimely death, Elvis has long-continued to inspire people with his legacy, and continues to be one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th Century.
The O2 has been playing host to a mini Graceland since 12 December 2014, and by all accounts, visitors have been wowed by over 300 artefacts; some of which have never been exhibited outside of Memphis before. Gaining a personal insight into both the life and times of the king of rock ‘n’ roll, visitors will be inspired by costumes and possessions, and even personal effects such as Elvis’s wallet, which still contains photos of his young daughter, Lisa Marie.
Charting the rise to fame of the icon, the exhibition will further explore how Elvis impacted popular culture around the globe through his music, and also through his films and fashion. Looking at not only his music career, visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about his record-breaking concert tours, his recording sessions, and even his military service.
The exhibition is not comprised from items bought from auction, but mostly from personal items from Graceland itself, and as such, the tour feels much more intimate.
On display are Elvis’ personal keys to the Graceland estate, a red 1960 MG Roadster from the film Blue Hawaii, and even his ‘Taking Care of Business’ ring. On display for a limited time only throughout the course of the exhibition will be Elvis’ gold lame outfit worn on stage in 1957 and the American Eagle jumpsuit worn during the ‘Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii’ concert.
The exhibition runs until the 31st August, and booking is advised. Ticket prices vary, so please log onto http://www.axs.com/elvis to find out more information!