“Elvis Presley in Concert,” the production that works to reunite Elvis’ former bandmates live on stage with a video-projected Elvis, will tour Europe in February and March of 2010.
This latest tour will include engagements in England, Ireland, Scotland, Holland, and other European countries to be announced soon. Ticket sales for the engagements in England will begin April 21 at 3 p.m. GMT for Elvis Insiders, members of the official online fan community at Elvis.com/Insiders, and on April 24 at 3 p.m. GMT for the general public.
Earlier in December, Sony Music Entertainment invited Elvis Presley fans to sing a Christmas duet with The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll. The Elvis Presley viral holiday e-card allowed them to record their own version of Presley’s classic ‘Blue Christmas.’
At www.SingWithTheKing.com, fans could watch the new Elvis Presley and Martina McBride ‘Blue Christmas’ video, record their own version of ‘Blue Christmas’ with Elvis, and then send it to friends and family along with a personal message in the form of a holiday e-card.
“Elvis Presley in Concert” is a production of SEG Events, in association with Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE). It is produced by Stig Edgren of SEG Events. Performers currently scheduled to participate include: Joe Guercio, Elvis’ orchestra conductor for many of his Vegas performances; members of the original TCB Band; Elvis’ backup singers The Imperials and The Sweet Inspirations.
The show’s concept, according to EPE, is to present an authentic Elvis Presley concert. The producers have edited together a collection of Elvis’ finest concert performances that exist on film and video and removed all sound from the footage except for Elvis’ vocal track.
The Elvis footage is projected on video screens. On stage, singers and a 16-piece orchestra perform live in sync with Elvis on video. All music heard in the concert production is performed live.
Elvis concert footage for the show comes primarily from the MGM concert films Elvis, That’s The Way It Is (1970) and Elvis on Tour (1972); outtakes from these two films as seen in the video package entitled Elvis, The Lost Performances; and the historic 1973 global television special Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii, via Satellite. This footage, says EPE, contains some of Elvis’ finest performances from the concert era of his career.
Sony Music Entertainment, in partnership with EPE, also released the “Elvis Presley Christmas Duets” CD in October last year.