CONTRARY to popular belief Elvis Presley is not dead and is rehearsing in a warehouse in Redfern for his performance on the final of The Voice in a few weeks. However, to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the great man’s alleged passing, Australian fans are being asked by Sony Music to nominate the songs that will appear on an album to be released on August 16. The album has been sanctioned by the Presley estate and Australia is the only country so far to have been given this privilege.The Elvis By Request album will feature the 40 most popular Presley tracks as voted for by Australians. If you are a fan, or if you just like voting for stuff, you can vote, until July 13, at this website: www.elvisbyrequest.com.au. AS the nights draw in and the wind-chill factor tightens its grip it’s a comfort to know that rock ’n’ roll will be in plentiful supply at the Snowy Mountains this weekend. The Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music festival in southern NSW kicked off last night and continues until Monday evening, with performances by more than 250 acts including Brendan Gallagher, the Black Seeds, drummer extraordinaire Nicky Bomba’s new outfit Bustamento and the exotically named A French Butler Called Smith. Elvis will be there too, of course, taking a break from The Voice rehearsals to lead a face-painting workshop outside the Man from Snowy River Hotel. That’s where you’ll find SD. Come by and say hello. OUR star of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert on Monday who wasn’t wearing hot pants, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, isn’t one for having his picture taken, but he wasted no time in posing for the cameras with some of his heroes backstage before his performance. Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John were all keen to get snapped with the blind singer from Elcho Island, we hear. SPIN Doctor has been studying with some interest and bewilderment the latest video to come off the Coldplay production line, namely the one for Princess of China, featuring Rihanna. It’s a play on an epic ninja movie, with the two protagonists, Ri Ri and Chris Martin, floating about in mid-air brandishing swords and the kind of clothing ABBA would have rejected as naff back in the day. But a few questions. Why is Martin’s head stuck to Rihanna’s for half of the clip? And where is the band? And how does Ri Ri get 12 arms like that? We should be told. Meanwhile, while others in London have been rocking it out with royalty, Coldplay has been playing to 60,000 a night at the city’s Emirates Stadium. Reviewers haven’t been particularly kind about the quartet’s stadium rock, however, with The Guardian saying ‘‘their rock gestures just don’t convince’’. Australians can make up their own minds about that when the band gets here in November. SPOTIFY appears to have won over Australian fans since its launch a few weeks ago, but there’s one thing SD finds particularly annoying about being part of the music service’s community. Do I really need to be informed by email every time one of my friends discovers this latest piece of technology? FORTY years ago today Columbia Records signed Bruce Springsteen to the label.