EVERGREEN ELVIS LIVES ON
IN celebration of the ‘The King’ and his iconic rock ’n’ roll, Elvis Presley: The Wonder of You tours live this May and June. Following the success of two Elvis albums, If I Can Dream (2015) and The Wonder of You (2016), the show features the great man on state-of-the-art screens backed by a 40-piece orchestra. Closely involved in the creation of the albums and concert tour, Elvis’s daughter Priscilla Presley talks about the development of both projects.
Q: Why do you think Elvis would have wanted an album or stage show of this nature with an orchestra?
A: Elvis always loved the big sound and fullness of an orchestra. If he had his way, you would have seen a full orchestra on stage with him at every live show. I feel certain this is the kind of live show and these are the kind of albums Elvis would have been doing if he were with us today. He would have loved this. Q: How involved were you in the creative process? A: Every step of the way I was there, working very closely with our producer, from the initial song selection to pre-production to the recording sessions at Abbey Road in London. Elvis deserves this kind of attention to detail and this truly was a very serious creative and production process – we couldn’t just do a symphonic collection of his greatest hits. We had to find the right songs that fit the feel of the albums and shows, so you will see some wellknown songs that charted and some tracks that may be less familiar, but they all help shape the story, with Elvis on vocals, accompanied by a full orchestra. There was no other way to do this project and keep it authentic and at the highest quality.
Q: The 40th anniversary of Elvis’s passing is coming up in August. Did you ever imagine his popularity would be this strong four decades after his passing?
A: In that moment when a loved one passes and even in the first few years after, it is hard to imagine life without them in your world. I certainly knew he would remain with our family forever, but I was able to see the signs of his lasting legacy and his continued global popularity with the success of Graceland in Memphis. There are no signs of Elvis slowing down… if anything, his legacy only grows stronger.
Elvis Presley: It’s like the King never left.