Thursday, 24 July 2008
TUPELO - The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association has decided to squirrel away half of its profits from the 2008 Elvis Presley Festival.
DTMSA President Camille Sloan said the exact numbers aren't in yet from the June event, but the organization expects profits to be around $80,000. It's a big turnaround for the festival, which lost about $46,000 last year.
In addition to putting money in a rainy day fund, Sloan said the board of directors approved spending up to 25 percent on a "tangible, visible investment" in downtown Tupelo and up to another 25 percent on a new position at Main Street.
If profits do come in at $80,000, Main Street's allocations mean $40,000 will be put in savings while up to $20,000 will be spent downtown. Up to $20,000 more will be devoted to a new position on the DTMSA staff.
Sloan said the organization has not decided what the "tangible, visible investment" will be, but said she has received multiple suggestions.
At the organization's board meeting earlier this month, members discussed options that included hanging flower baskets, adding green spaces or sprucing up current ones, renovating the facade of the DTMSA office on Broadway and installing benches and trash cans.
Article Source: http://www.djournal.com/pages/story.asp?ID=276475&pub=1&div=News
By SHARON WEATHERALL, ENTERPRISE BULLETIN SPECIAL
Serious Elvis partiers will be shakin' their booty in a new, bigger venue this year. The big beer garden is moving over from the Pine Street parking lot to Ste. Marie Street parking lot to make room for a new family venue. The St. Marie Street venue has room for up to 2,500 people -- 300 more than Pine Street.
The change is in conjunction with the festival's major sponsor, Sirius Satellite Radio, and a plan to highlight Canadian talent while creating more free and inexpensive activities for families and for every budget.
Festival general manager Rosemarie O'Brien said the Pine Street parking lot will feature a 'Canadian Star Stage' all weekend, with a mixed bag of entertainment including martial art demonstrations, Canadian bands and performers.
On Friday night it will serve as a practice stage for the performers and Saturday, there will be non-stop Elvis performances from noon until 6 p. m. as part of the free Family Venue Tour of performers. From 8 p. m. until midnight, Mike Cadillac and the 88's from New Brunswick will perform; this is tribute artist Mike Bravener's actual band which plays a lot of music from the 1950s and '60s.
On Sunday the Canadian Star Stage will feature the Youth Talent Showcase from 9 until 11 a. m., and the Family Venue Tour of performers from 11 a. m. until 5 p. m.
O'Brien says the Youth Talent Showcase may include some Elvis related acts but they don't have to be.
Young people can register on-line for the showcase, at the municipal office this week or register the day of. It costs just $10 and each performer will receive a goodie bag filled with products donated by local businesses.
The new Ste. Marie Street venue will feature a giant beer garden all weekend, with a Street Party Video Feed on Friday night. This year, 133 tribute artists are expected to perform and the festival begins with each one performing on the Hurontario Street Stage beginning at 1 p. m. on Friday.
On Saturday the St. Marie Stage will feature the qualifying round of the competition from 11 a. m. until 6 p. m. There will be a $5 gate charge for this venue. Sunday features the semi-final competition round for tribute artists. The finals take place in the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena later that evening.
Back by popular demand is the 'Mountainview Revival Stage' at the end of Hurontario Street. This stage and beer garden will feature 'The Champions Tour' Friday and Saturday night, with a special afternoon show Saturday featuring Ray Guillemette Jr. with general admission seating for $25.
Festival venues include the Curling Club, Eddie Bush Arena, Gayety Theatre, Olde Town Terrace, Collingwood Legion, Village at Blue, Cranberry Resort, and Georgian Manor for shows or performances on the Venue Tour. Regional venues feature Saturday night performances by Anthony Von at the Meaford Opera House, and Gino Monopoli at the Wasaga Beach RecPlex.
There will be two VIP's at the festival this year. Cynthia Pepper, co-star of Elvis' movieKissing Cousins, returns to Collingwood to do a meet and greet on Saturday at the Gayety Theatre between noon and 1 p. m., which will be followed by a free showing of the movie. All are welcome. The second festival VIP is Patti Parry -- the only female member of the 'Memphis Mafia', Elvis' personal friends and staff members. The Memphis Mafia was a nick-name given to the group by the King himself.
Beginning Thursday night, the Gayety Theatre will be host Spending an Evening with Elvis performances, twice each evening at 7 p. m. and 9:30 p. m. Each show will feature four different champions for just $10 admission. Don't miss 'Inspirational Elvis', the Gospel Competition on Sunday at Eddie Bush Arena -- this is the fourth annual event featuring invitation-only contestants. This event will be hosted by the 2007 Gospel Champion Anthony Von.
For tickets and information call 1- 866-444-1162 or visit: www.collingwoodelvisfestival.com .
Article Source: http://www.theenterprisebulletin.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1125766
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
AN ELVIS impersonator is giving up a cherished cigar lighter that ‘The King’ himself once owned to raise charity cash in memory of his mum.
Steve Preston, of Meadows Avenue, Haslingden, had the piece bought for him at a Las Vegas auction 14 years ago.
Steve is regarded as one of the world’s leading tribute acts to Elvis,whose first single release was That’s All Right (Mama).
The lighter, bought in 1994 for £900, will be raffled in memory of Steve’s mother Virginia Ljeva and his mother-in-law Edna Gorton, at an upcoming concert in which he and three of the world’s other top Elvis tribute acts will perform.
All funds raised will be donated to kidney research at Hope Hospital in Salford which cared for both women, who died within the past three years after suffering from kidney failure.
Steve said: “The work the hospital does has stayed with me, really.
“When my mother-in-law was there, the hospital was great, but her machine kept breaking.
“I just remember thinking they could do with another one. There’s no telling how much this raffle will raise.”
The ex-Haslingden Secondary Modern pupil has had a career spanning more than 20 years impersonating Elvis on stage.
His love of Elvis has taken him from the working men’s clubs of Lancashire to the Royal Variety Performance where, alongside stars such as Cliff Richard and Olivia Newton John, he became the first tribute act to perform for the Queen.
It was his fame as an Elvis tribute artist, which led him to own the treasured cigar lighter During the pilot episode of 90s TV show Schofield’s Quest, Steve was presented with it by Phillip Schofield after London Weekend TV made the winning bid during an auction at the Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas.
The lighter, which has been authenticated by the Presley family, was bought in Germany by Elvis himself, during his time serving as a G.I between 1958 and 1960.
It will be raffled before 5,000 Elvis fans at the event at the Bolton Arena on August 9.
Article Source: http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/3226402.Haslingden_Elvis_selling_the_King_s_cigar_lighter_for_charity/
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
22nd July 2008
By Helen Fletcher
Mike Ansell of Lordsvale has secured the rights to produce a dedicated Elvis Presley UK-style pool table and a US-style table for the European and US markets.
Lordsvale has appointed pool table manufacturer Excel Leisure to produce the tables for the UK and European markets and discussions are taking place for the production of a table in the US.
Initially, the tables will be produced in non-coin versions but will be available as coin-operated products in the near future. The pool table has high quality graphics covered with a strong laminate for long life and will be ideal for Elvis fans and themed locations. There will also be a range of Elvis Presley themed accessories, cues and cloth.
Commenting on the agreement, Ansell said: "It has taken some time to conclude the licence agreement with Elvis Presley Enterprises but we are delighted to have procured the deal and look forward to working with Excel Leisure in getting the tables to market."
Stan McKenna of Excel Leisure added: "We have worked closely with Lordsvale on this project and are excited at the prospects for the product over the coming years."
Article Source: http://www.intergameonline.com/intergame/news/1552/lordsvale-secures-elvis-rights/
Saturday, 19 July 2008
'She Is The King' playing Memphis and Australia with her brand new show: She Is The King's brand new show is "Packed with dynamic surprises offering something very new & exciting" according to her management. If you are tired of seeing the same old male Tribute Artists singing the same songs, then this will be a breath of fresh air. Backed by a tremendous live band 'The Magnificent Seven' along with the 'Southern Soul' backing singers and brass section, the sound will really pack a punch. The concert is of course "Inspired by the Music and Legacy of Elvis" and there will be plenty of Elvis surprises along the way. While this will include a heartfelt Gospel segment and some stunning new costumes, this won't be the all-too-familiar jumpsuit performances that fans have seen too many times. The Tour kicks off in Balmain, Sydney July 26th before she leaves for Memphis. Don't miss out on a great Elvis live musical experience. Go here for more info.
It runs from August 13 & 14: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.
Among the celebrities currently scheduled to make an appearance in the Elvis Expo:
Steve Binder (producer), Joanne Cash (sister of Johnny Cash), DJ Fontana, Joe Guercio plus actors Edward Faulkner, Susan Henning, Celeste Yarnall, Francine York, Darlene Tompkins. Also appearing are composer Mike Stoller, The Imperials, Dixie Locke Emmons (Elvis' early girlfriend), comedian Sammy Shore, Elvis' friends Sandi Pichon and Jerry Schilling plus Wanda Jackson, Italian remix DJ Spankox as well as author of 'Elvis '57' Alan Hanson. For full EPE details click here. (News, Source;EPE/EIN)
Available from Amazon
Lost Concert Series - Presley & Cash: Due for release August 5, 2008 in the "Lost Concert Series" is the DVD "Presley & Cash Roadshow". This version is coded Region 1.
This DVD was released as Elvis Presley & Johnny Cash The Road Show Interstate in Australia.
(News, Source: Elvis News)
'ELVIS! ELVIS! ELVIS! An American Triology' Australian Tour 2008: In September 2008 Australia will have the unique chance to witness for the first time anywhere in the world, Donny Edwards, Max Pellicano and Shawn Klush live in concert in Elvis! Elvis! Elvis! – “An American Trilogy”. A truly rare combination of talents, this can only be described as the ultimate Elvis tribute show. See Donny in the ‘50’s gold lame suit, Max recreating the ’68 Comeback Special and Shawn reliving the ‘70’s Vegas concert jumpsuit era. It doesn't get any bigger, more authentic or closer to Elvis than this.
This will be the main concert event for 2008!
Sept 4th- Penrith Joan Suth Centre
Sept 5th- Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Sept 6th- Melbourne Palms Crown Casino
Sept 7th- Melbourne Palms Crown Casino
Sept 9th- Newcastle Wests Leagues
Sept 10th- Newcastle Wests Leagues
Sept 11th- Brisbane Qpac
Sept 12th- Gold Coast Seagulls
Sept 13th- Sydney State Theatre
Sept 14th- Perth Burswood Casino
Click here for more details
Elvis At Madame Tussauds In Germany: A new wax museum has opened in Berlin, Germany. This museum, located close to the Brandenburger Tor, features a new statue of Elvis as a G.I.. There were already wax statues of Elvis in London (68 Special), Las Vegas (68 Special & Vegas Elvis), Amsterdam (50s Elvis) and Hong Kong (50s Elvis). Madame Tussauds, Unter den Linden 74, 10117 Berlin.
How long live the King? - The future of Elvis: The July / August edition of BusinessTN magazine features Elvis on the cover with inside an article by Donnie Snow on the possible future of EPE entitled "A Little More Action".
A Little More Action: When celebrated deejay Junkie XL remixed a lesser Elvis Presley hit into a 2002 smash, it returned the long-dead king of rock 'n' roll to the spotlight of mainstream pop music. "A Little Less Conversation" was the first relevant blockbuster splash featuring Presley since before his untimely, unseemly death in 1977.
And despite an attempt by bona fide deejay royalty Paul Oakenfold to copy Junkie XL's success with a laudable yet forgettable remix of "Rubberneckin'" the following year, Presley hasn't had a new original hit since. (At press time, a remix of the Elvis classic "Baby Let's Play House" by Italian DJ Spankox was released digitally by Sony BMG Music Entertainment.)
But give the guy a break — he's been dead more than 30 years.
This August marks the 31st anniversary of Presley's passing, and since the JXL remix, the biggest U.S. headlines involving the King included Presley losing his top spot in 2006 on Forbes' morbid richest dead celebrities list to iconic grunge rocker Kurt Cobain (though he regained it the following year) and a flurry of announcements in the financial pages, beginning with the sale of his estate by daughter and sole heir Lisa Marie Presley to billionaire Wall Street wunderkind Robert F X Sillerman in 2004.
Sillerman's acquisition took the cherished "family" business public, and since then he has released several statements relating to the expansion of the Elvis brand—be it in the form of casinos and cruises or hotels and touring shows—and plans for major financial stake in the economic development of the dilapidated Whitehaven neighborhood that surrounds Graceland. With the possible exception of some of the locals who live near Graceland, most believe the brand has been under-commercialized. Lisa Marie Presley said as much when she sold the stagnating company. Sillerman, renowned for building billion-dollar media companies, can mine capital for fuel, but ultimately, it's still the world's first rock star who will power the ship, which begs the question: How long can Elvis float in the famously fickle pool of pop culture?
Fame, Fortune & the Future: Since Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) went public, there has been little action, despite a lot of talk (or rather, a lot of announcements), and the corporate culture around Graceland has become much less interactive with the press. (Not unexpectedly, EPE declined to participate in this story.) According to analysts, the long wait should have been anticipated. "One thing I didn't fully appreciate is the time it takes to develop the sort of large-scale projects they have planned," says Mark Argento, senior research analyst at Craig-Hallum Capital Group.
"Developing anything that can drive big revenue and big profits will take a while," he continues, pointing out that the deal Sillerman's company, CKX, is hammering out with French Canadian circus troupe Cirque du Soleil has taken more than a year. "The planning that goes into it—the lead time is significant. They expect very little increase in revenue in 2008 and 2009, with it really kicking in in 2010 and 2011."
The original deal CKX made with Lisa Marie was announced in December 2004. CKX paid $114 million for an 85% interest in Elvis Presley Enterprises. Lisa Marie, who retained the remaining 15%, was paid $50 million in cash plus $26 million in CKX common and preferred stock. CKX also paid $25 million in EPE debt. Sillerman got a 90-year lease on Graceland, rights to Elvis' name, likeness, image and trademark, publishing rights to 650 songs and royalty rights to the few songs Elvis recorded after 1973, as well as to two dozen Presley movies.
Sillerman also paid $6.5 million to Elvis' ex-wife, Priscilla Presley. Fortune reported that CKX didn't have to pay Priscilla anything, but that doing so would make her more agreeable to appearing at grand openings and the like. It seems just that Priscilla would share in the sale, given that she was among the brain trust that turned the floundering, bankrupt estate into a trailblazing company—and Graceland into the most-visited private residence in the world. Barry Ward, former general counsel to the Elvis estate, was also in that management group, which included long-time family accountant Joseph Hanks; Jim Roscoe, trust officer at the National Bank of Commerce in Memphis; and Jack Soden, hired to head EPE. Ward helped appeal a court decision that denied Presley's estate rights to the rock star's name, likeness and image. This paved the way for the creation of the Elvis Law, the groundbreaking precedent that awarded celebrity estates control of intellectual property and trademarks after death.
"From where I sit, the Sillerman acquisition helped immensely, giving the estate the capital to ratchet up to a new level," Ward says, echoing a common refrain about the deal. When announced, Lisa Marie admitted that EPE could only grow so much and that it needed a bigger player to monetize future interest in Elvis.
"That's the amazing thing about the Elvis estate: just how many things they haven't done over the past 30 years," says longtime rock critic Stan Soocher, an entertainment attorney and associate professor of music and entertainment industry studies at the University of Colorado-Denver.
Elvis is one of the few examples in pop music of a star whose fame hasn't flagged, says Soocher, who is currently finishing his book, They Fought the Law: Rock Music Goes to Court, containing coverage of Elvis Presley's estate. (The book will be published in early 2009.)
"The CKX buyout is the most important financial development in the structure of the estate since it was founded," he says.
"Elvis Presley didn't do any international tours," he continues, "and because he's been so popular in England, it seems there is a pent-up demand to exploit." Soocher has a point: Presley's re-mastered No. 1 singles, which EPE released one at a time over the last couple years, tore up the British charts, which leads Soocher to think an international virtual, multimedia tour would likely reap large revenues.
But there's much more to the Elvis brand than music.
"Rockabilly may resurge, but it's never going to be mainstream rock again," Soocher says. "This whole other level [of enterprise] is so important to maintaining the Elvis brand."
He points to the proposed casino as one aspect of enterprise, as well as Elvis-themed destination venues around the world, à la Hard Rock Café.
"Domestically, there's a ton to do" says Argento, "but internationally, the opportunity to take the Elvis brand into a foreign market could dwarf the opportunities in the U.S. Put a casino in Macau or Dubai, put a replica of Graceland in Tokyo—the opportunities are huge. It would be epic for the Elvis brand."
The Mansion that Elvis Built: No kidding. Presley's estate has already earned far more than Presley did while he was alive, but Graceland in Tokyo? What would that do to local commercial and tax revenue streams? Most, including EPE and CKX, believe expanding the brand in such a way will increase interest and revenues in Memphis. According to Fortune, Sillerman's stake in the Presley estate exceeds its worth. Yet the company has announced a commitment to developing Graceland and its 120-acre campus. Plans include building one or more hotels and developing the surrounding neighborhood to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars—not that many checks have been written yet.
"I believe they are still gathering information on the project building specifications," says Harold B. Collins, the city councilman for Whitehaven. Collins says funds have been appropriated for improved cityscape to assist the development of a mile-plus stretch along the Brooks Road corridor, which will coincide with Memphis International Airport's ambitious "Aerotropolis" redevelopment plan.
"We're excited that they are getting ready to move on it," he says, adding that he hopes to see ground broken before the end of the year. "I think Mr. Sillerman knows how important this is to our city and is as eager to get it off the ground as we are." Well, maybe not as eager.
Last summer, news broke on a looming CKX buyout by 19X, a privately held company led by Sillerman and American Idol creator Simon Fuller (the "X" is a Sillerman signature). But in mid-May, the company lowered its buyout offer from $13.75 to $12 per CKX share. Sillerman said in a statement that the private company "remain[s] committed to completing the acquisition of CKX at a price that we believe reflects the continued outstanding performance of the company and which provides a substantial premium above the current price to the company's stockholders. [The price] also takes into account the seismic shift in the buyout world since the time we originally entered into this transaction."
The companies are reportedly working to close the deal by September.
"[The deal] should not have any effect on the economic development [in the area]," Argento says. "One of the reasons to take this private now is that it's a pretty attractive time, especially before the redevelopment gets underway. The bigger risk is the broader credit market—access to capital will probably be the bigger issue."
Most locals involved in the area's development are not giving too much thought to Graceland's goings-on; some view the Graceland makeover and build-out as only a piece of the overall vision.
"[Graceland's] development to come is part of the dynamic of building out what is currently the only fledgling Aerotropolis in the United States," says Arnold Perl, chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. "When Elvis Presley Enterprises announces and develops the initiative they're working on, it will provide a significant boost to America's Aerotropolis.
There is no official word from Sillerman or local EPE officials on when Sillerman's real estate spin-off, FXRE, might commence the grand reawakening of the King. But Memphis isn't the only city laying claim to Elvis, and it isn't the only city in which Sillerman is spending money on Presley-related properties. In addition to dealings on Elvis Presley Boulevard, FXRE also has plans in the works involving several acres on Las Vegas Boulevard for a hotel and casino, as well as entertainment, retail, commercial and residential development. It would all feature Presley, perhaps in conjunction with Muhammad Ali. (Sillerman also owns 80% of Muhammad Ali Enterprises.)
Elvis: the Next Generation: But despite all the effort, there remains the question: How Long?
Elvis is undoubtedly the most parodied person in history—Google search "Elvis Tribute Artist" if you don't believe it—and his place in the record books still looms over contemporary stars. In April, at age 38, Mariah Carey finally surpassed Presley for second most No. 1 singles on Billboard with 18 (the Beatles lead with 20), and Madonna, who turns 50 in August, finally passed Presley for the most top-10 hits with 37.
But can Presley reach a new generation that has grown up with Elvis the image, not Elvis the man?
"I think the story is timeless," Ward contends. "America cast's its heroes away very begrudgingly."
For Sillerman, this likely is just the buildup before the big bonanza deal, given his modus operandi of buying media properties at low prices, maximizing the brand, packaging them and then unloading at a higher price. He did it in 1989 with radio stations, which he sold to what is now Viacom for $389 million, and again in 1997 to Hicks Muse for more than $2 billion. Three years later, he sold a bundle of concert venues to Clear Channel for $3 billion.
One can only wonder if/when he will sell EPE—and what it will look like when he does.
Soocher doesn't believe it will happen any time soon.
"You have to kind of figure out where's the sweet spot for the sale," he says. "With Ali and the Elvis estate, you would think Sillerman would want to build up the brands—and they haven't hit the ground running.
"I don't think, as an investor, you would think they would be much more valuable together than apart."
Soocher argues that a more modernizing match would be some entity from the current list of stars that appeals to the younger fan base—and that, essentially, means hip-hop. Coincidentally, Rap mogul and entrepreneur Jay-Z just signed a 360 deal with an SFX spin-off company—the concert venue company Sillerman founded before selling to Clear Channel. The deal essentially turns Jay-Z into a property for commoditization, which is what Sillerman is currently doing with Elvis Presley.
Says Soocher: "I think the younger music fans are used to seeing music come at them from all possible ways, so they don't look at that as a violation. Fans are much more accepting today."
Nevertheless, what's unique about the Presley situation is that despite being dead, he is still a towering performance figure in pop music. The Presley estate may have outgrown the man, but it can never seemingly outgrow the performer. Unlike other industry personalities whose businesses can theoretically run without his or her explicit presence—an Oprah Winfrey or even Jay-Z come to mind—can you imagine a Presley industry without Elvis in the spotlight? (Sale of EPE Archives , Source: BusinessTN magazine)
Fike has also written a film treatment to accompany the book entitled '57-60: One of the Boys.' "The screenplay is out to a several film companies in N. Y. and L. A. I expect we'll be able to announce a deal in 90 days." (News, Source: David Salidor)
EIN's recent interview with Lamar Fike
Read EIN's recent interview with Mark Bego
Come out and support Stephen Freeman in the
Official Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest
Contact Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort at 828-497-7777 for more information. Many of Stephen's fan club members are coming, so join us for a great weekend of fun!!!!
Thursday, July 24
4pm-6pm Round 1 Casino Floor
9pm-11pm Round 2 Casino Floor
Friday, July 25
11am-1pm Round 3 Casino Floor
4pm-6pm Round 4 Casino Floor
9pm-11pm Round 5 Casino Floor
Saturday, July 26
There is a charge for the finals
9pm-11pm Final round Top 5 finalist Event Center
Elvis Presley Enterprises is is looking for the Elvis tribute artist that "best represents the legacy of Elvis Presley." Tribute artists will receive the opportunity to compete in preliminary rounds of the competition in various locations around the world for their chance to win a spot in the semi-finals that will take place in Memphis during Elvis Week 2008 in August. Only winners of official preliminary rounds of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest will be able to compete in the semi-finals for their chance at the title. The winner of the 2008 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest will receive the title of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2008 and be officially recognized by Elvis Presley Enterprises. In addition, the winner will receive the opportunity to sign on to a 12-week paid performance contract to appear with Legends in Concert. in its numerous locations including its permanent locations in Myrtle Beach, Branson, Atlantic City and Seattle.
July 18, 2008
In past years, fans who watched Elvis tribute artists performing in the Eddie Bush Arena were curling their toes by the end of a show -- but it was not from watching the King. Sitting on temporary plywood flooring gave many people 'cold feet' and created condensation in the venue.
Thanks to $75,000 from Celebrate Ontario this year, everyone should be as snug as a bug in a rug. The entirety of the grant is being used towards a brand new, insulated interlocking floor for the arena. The new floor snaps together in half the time it took to install the old plywood flooring, which not only held the cold but required a small army of strong volunteers many hours to lay out.
Rosemarie O'Brien, general manager of the popular Collingwood Elvis Festival. says the 'EventDeck' flooring will make a huge difference when it comes to efficiency and the comfort of literally tens of thousands of fans who attend the event each year.
"The new flooring is very lightweight and won't damage the ice surface at all. Because it is insulated it's going to be a lot warmer for the fans, artists and volunteers," said O'Brien.
"The old plywood flooring was really heavy -- we needed a lot of male volunteers who took about six hours to lay it down. The event-deck flooring will only take about three hours and the best part is the company will come and install it the first year which is a real bonus for us. After they fit it properly the first time and the number all the pieces it will be easy for us to put together in years to come."
The Elvis Festival has turned out to be a very positive thing for the Eddie Bush Arena. Not only will the town be able to utilize the new flooring to host concerts or other public events if it so chooses, but other renovations are being considered that will greatly enhance the facility. O'Brien says festival organizers hope to put new bleachers in the arena next year through Celebrate Ontario grant funding.
"Almost every year someone that has attended a show in the arena has come and complained about broken seats -so replacing them will create a more comfortable venue for the fans and everyone else that uses Eddie Bush," said O'Brien.
Another enhancement for the Elvis Festival and the Town of Collingwood this year was the installation of permanent power upgrades to the Ste. Marie parking lot.
This not only benefits the festival but all future users of the site. For the festival is has alleviated the need for costly annual generator rentals -- a bonus this year considering the main beer garden venue is being relocated from the Pine Street parking lot to the St. Marie Street location. O'Brien says the latter venue will be bigger and easier for police to control.
"Installation of permanent power to the St. Marie venue lot provides a betterment of town services which can be used for other things besides the Elvis Festival," said O'Brien.
"For us, it means huge savings in that we will no longer have to rent generators which have cost about $15,000 every year in the past. In just two years most of the $35,000 it cost for the hydro upgrades will be recovered."
The Sirius Satellite Radio Collingwood Elvis Festival 2008 takes place from Thursday July 24 to Sunday July 27 this year. For information on tickets, schedules and events visit the official web site: www.collingwoodelvisfestival.com
Article Source: http://www.theenterprisebulletin.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1119347
Bartell brings Orbison, Cash and others to Copia
By RICH FREEDMAN/Times-Herald staff writer
July 18, 2008
Michael Bartell has been Elvis Presley for 30 years. Heck, the real Elvis was Elvis Presley for only 42 years.
The King apparently isn't only in the building, he's still in demand. And, though Elvis may be Bartell's bread and butter, it's not his only entree.
Take the 23-year Novato resident's Sept. 4 performance at Copia, part of the Napa venue's Outdoor Concert Series.
Bartell features his versions of Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash, augmenting a stable of characters that includes Wayne Newton, Louis Armstrong, Neil Diamond and Tom Jones.
"Elvis is still the supreme. He's the most popular," Bartell said. "But we thought it might be nice to create a variety show we can do."
Doing other celebrities "gives our regular customers an option," said Bartell, who did his Elvis presentation at Copia's Outdoor Concert Series last summer.
"It's nice they liked to have us, but didn't necessarily want the same show from the year before," Bartell said.
The effort investment into a character varies, Bartell said.
"It depends," he said, believing it's easier to impersonate "if I'm really into the character and like their music. If I like it, it's only a mater of learning a few more lyrics."
Bartell uses his home "vocal booth" to test his talents.
"Practice, practice, practice," he said. "And, hopefully, I can nail it. It takes effort. It's not something that comes easy. For some guys, it's easy. For me, it takes studying and listening how the voice goes."
Bartell said the only voice he could do "right off the bat" was Wayne Newton while there's only one voice - the late Jim Croce - that Bartell couldn't swing.
If you go ...
• What: Copia's Outdoor Concert Series
• When: Through Sept. 4
• Where: Copia, 500 First St., Napa
• Admission: $25 each concert
• Contact: www.copia.org
Article Source: http://www.timesheraldonline.com/thearts/ci_9921629
Thursday, 17 July 2008
Update on Rick's Show
Tickets are also available on sale at:
Always A Party 2577 Military Rd
(across from K-Mart) Niagara Falls NY 14304 716-297-1971
Limited Seating.........so get your tickets early !!!
August 30th Saturday That's The Way It Was! A Magical Tribute To Elvis Dinner Show featuring Rick Alviti & the Rick Alviti Showband (Bandmembers ,Mark Perricelli, Rob Thurman, Bart Cincotta and Joe Lucenti ) Tickets $50.00 each for Dinner & Show Show only $35.00 Doors open 4:30pm Dinner 5:30pm Show 7:30pm Doors open for Show only 7:00pm Cash bar 50-50 raffle To benefit FVFC Frontier Volunteer Fire Co 2176 Liberty Dr. Niagara Falls NY 14304 Hurry and get your reservations as there is limited seating....Call 716.990.2150 or email RickAlvitiShowNF@aol.com
August 16th, 2008
31st Anniversary Of Elvis' Passing
$20 Adults $10 Children
At The All New & Very Elegant
Leslie Event Center. Leslie, Michigan
Appetizing Food & Drinks Available For Purchase
For Ticket Reservations Phone (517)676-1721
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Published: July 16, 2008
UNIVERSITY AREA - Twenty Elvis Presley impersonators, vying for a spot in an international competition of tribute artists, are expected to rock the University Area Community Center on Saturday.
The sixth annual Tampa Elvis Festival/Contest, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., will feature a music competition, stage show, vendors selling Elvis collectibles, food and drinks.
The event, honoring the rock 'n' roll performer who died in 1977, previously was held outdoors as a three-day festival on the Franklin Street Mall and at Channelside Bay Plaza and was co-sponsored for five years by the city of Tampa.
This year, the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department is the co-sponsor, along with the Elvis Tampa Bay Fan Club, of the one-day event.
Vickie Mays, president and founder of the 5-year-old fan club, is organizing the event.
"The city dropped out because of budget cuts," Mays said.
Mays, a north Tampa resident, had been a volunteer with the event for four years and said she didn't want to see it lose its momentum by taking a year off. She recruited the county department as a co-sponsor and businesses as donors.
She said the change also seemed like an opportunity to move it indoors, as "my guys participants got hot in those outfits."
The event is a preliminary to the international Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest held in Memphis, Tenn., each August.
For Saturday's event, the 20 participants will compete in the first round at 11 a.m., and six will be chosen for the final competition at 7 p.m. The winner will represent Tampa in the Memphis event.
The festival also will feature the Elvis in Tampa Sock Hop at 4 p.m., celebrating Presley's concerts in Tampa in 1955, 1956, 1970 and 1975.
"We call it a sock hop, but it is more a stage production, with a re-creation of the jackets he wore in the 1950s and the leisure suits of the 1970s," Mays said.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Tampa Elvis Festival/Contest
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: University Area Community Center, 14013 N. 22nd St.
HOW MUCH: Admission for ages 16 and older is $10 for each round of the competition or the sock hop, or $25 for all day; half price for ages 5 to 15; and free for ages 4 and younger.
INFORMATION: Call (813) 977-6011 or visit www.geocities.com/elvistampatcb
Article Source: http://northeast2.tbo.com/content/2008/jul/16/ne-its-now-or-never-for-impersonators
July 15, 2008
NEW YORK, July 15, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- In June of 1968 Elvis Presley saved his career and made the best music of his life. These accomplishments are attributed to the legendary "ELVIS" TV Special.
The Special which was sponsored by Singer Sewing Machines was the first time that Elvis had performed in front of a live audience in 7 years. Clad in his trademark black leather suit Elvis performed for hours. The edited 60 minute version aired on December 4th 1968 on NBC. It was the network's highest ratings and the season's number-one rated show. The "ELVIS" Special was so successful not only for NBC but also for Elvis' career that it is more commonly referred to as the infamous "'68 Comeback Special" and has become a major moment in music history.
On August 5th, Sony BMG celebrates the 40th anniversary of the legendary Special with the release of a deluxe 4 CD set entitled -- "ELVIS - THE COMPLETE '68 COMEBACK SPECIAL."
The deluxe package includes the entire "ELVIS" TV Special including 103 songs on 4 CDs -- 20 which have never been released before to the general public as well as a 32 page booklet with detailed liner notes, photos and memorabilia.
DISC 1 - ORIGINAL ALBUM PLUS BONUS TRACKS
1. Trouble/Guitar Man
2. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy/Baby, What You Want Me To Do Medley: Heartbreak Hotel/Hound Dog/All Shook Up/Can't Help Falling In Love/Jailhouse Rock/Love Me Tender
3. Where Could I Go But To The Lord/Up Above My Head/Saved
4. Blue Christmas/One Night
6. Medley: Nothingville/Big Boss Man/Guitar Man/Little Egypt/Trouble/ Guitar Man
7. If I Can Dream
8. It Hurts Me*
9. Let Yourself Go*
10. A Little Less Conversation*
11. Memories (Stereo Mix)*
*Not on the original album
DISC 2 - FIRST "SIT DOWN" SHOW
2. That's All Right
3. Heartbreak Hotel
4. Love Me
5. Baby What You Want Me To Do
6. Blue Suede Shoes
7. Baby What You Want Me To Do (Reprise)
8. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
9. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
10. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
11. Blue Christmas
12. Trying To Get To You
13. One Night
14. Baby What You Want Me To Do (Reprise)
15. One Night
FIRST "STAND UP" SHOW
17. Heartbreak Hotel
18. Hound Dog
19. All Shook Up
20. Can't Help Falling In Love
21. Jailhouse Rock
22. Don't Be Cruel
23. Blue Suede Shoes
24. Love Me Tender
26. Baby What You Want Me To Do
27. If I Can Dream
DISC 3 - SECOND "SIT DOWN" SHOW
1. Heartbreak Hotel
2. Baby What You Want Me To Do
4. That's All Right
5. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
6. Baby What You Want Me To Do (Reprise)
7. Blue Suede Shoes
8. One Night
9. Love Me
10. Trying To Get To You
11. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
12. Santa Claus Is Back In Town
13. Blue Christmas
14. Tiger Man
15. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
SECOND "STAND UP" SHOW
17. Heartbreak Hotel
18. Hound Dog
19. All Shook Up
20. Can't Help Falling In Love
21. Jailhouse Rock
22. Don't Be Cruel
23. Blue Suede Shoes
24. Love Me Tender
25. Trouble/Guitar Man
26. Trouble/Guitar Man
27. If I Can Dream
DISC 4- FIRST REHEARSAL
1. I Got A Woman
2. Blue Moon/Young Love/Oh, Happy Day
3. When It Rains It Really Pours
4. Blue Christmas
5. Are You Lonesome Tonight?/That's My Desire
6. That's When Your Heartaches Begin
7. Peter Gun Theme
8. Love Me
9. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
10. One Night
11. Blue Christmas/Santa Claus Is Back In Town
12. Danny Boy
13. Baby What You Want Me To Do
14. Love Me
15. Tiger Man
16. Santa Claus Is Back In Town
17. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
18. One Night
19. Blue Christmas
20. Baby What You Want Me To Do
21. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
22. Blue Moon Of Kentucky
SOURCE Sony BMG
Copyright (C) 2008 PR Newswire. All rights reserved
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
August 16th 2008 will be a day that goes down in history as the very first TCB House Party in Belgium. That evening - August 16, 2008 - Elvis Presley's TCB Band personally invites you to their House Party Evening show and reception. Special guest is Elvis photographer Ed Bonja, who will bring his best work with him. There are still 40 tickets remaining for the Saturday evening show and reception (75 euro). If you're interested, mail ElvisMatters at email@example.com .
For more details go to our event section or the ElvisMatters website.
Source: Various / Updated: Jul 14, 2008
The press-release from EPE:
Millions of Us LLC, an agency specializing in virtual worlds and large online communities, today announced that it has launched a new company, “Virtual Greats,” to take advantage of the rapidly growing market for virtual goods. In connection with today’s launch announcement, Millions of Us also announced that Virtual Greats will have distribution rights for virtual goods associated with the legendary icon Elvis Presley and superstar Justin Timberlake. In addition, Virtual Greats will feature Tila Tequila, Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton, Raven Symone and Marvel's The Incredible Hulk and She-Hulk, across multiple media platforms.
“The inspiration for Virtual Greats came when I realized that this was a $1.5 billion market without any high-value copyrighted material,” said Reuben Steiger, CEO, Millions of Us. “Defining the market and acquiring these rights and distribution has been enormously rewarding.”
Susan Wu, an analyst at Charles River Ventures, estimated in mid-2007 that the virtual goods market was worth approximately $1.5 billion and growing rapidly. The number of consumers coming in contact with the goods traded through Virtual Greats is expected to rise rapidly, particularly in light of research firm Gartner Inc.’s prediction that 80% of active internet users will be members of at least one virtual world by 2012.
Discussions are also taking place with numerous other celebrities and rights-holders. Virtual Greats will sell likenesses, catchphrases, animations, clothing lines and other merchandise associated with aspirational characters and entertainment franchises. The new company will be headquartered in Los Angeles and led by Dan Jansen, former head of the Boston Consulting Group’s Media & Entertainment practice and an active investor and entrepreneur in the new media space.
Virtual Greats will be offering its wares across multiple virtual world and social media platforms. The company is entering its first major venture with the massively popular virtual world Gaia Online. Virtual Greats will connect Gaia’s more than 5 million dedicated users with the virtual goods of stars such as Justin Timberlake and Elvis Presley.
“This fast-growing, specialized and largely untapped market presents significant new business and creative opportunities for both talent and their distribution partners,” said Dan Jansen, founding CEO, Virtual Greats.
"There's a staggering amount of unrealized value at the intersection of traditional entertainment business models and fast-evolving online media," said Gary Stiffelman, Partner, Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, Fischer, Gilbert-Lurie, Stiffelman, Cook, Johnson, Lande & Wolf LLP. "Teasing out and defining this new class of intellectual property has been a rewarding professional exercise, but more importantly, the IP definition has huge implications and upside for the entire entertainment industry - particularly artists."
"We're very excited about our partnership with Virtual Greats," said Craig Sherman, CEO of Gaia Online. "We're always looking for ways to create a deeper, more relevant engagement for our very active community. Partnering with Virtual Greats enables us to bring our users' favorite real-life celebrities in world for a unique virtual experience."
Virtual Greats, supported by Millions of Us’ partner Omnicom (NYSE: OMC), is developing a centralized digital sales and distribution system for virtual worlds and related online communities. These goods will eventually be available for distribution across more than 60 different online platforms, ensuring aesthetic and functional consistency for IP owners, along with rigorous piracy protection. The firm will act as both a financial and technical clearinghouse for trade in virtual goods.
Source: EPE / Updated: Jul 14, 2008
Due for release on August 25, 2008 is "The Elvis Collection" DVD set featuring the movies G.I. Blues, King Creole and Blue Hawaii. This set is regioncode 2.
Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Updated: Jul 14, 2008
Sunday, 13 July 2008
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Attention bikers, hogs and Harley fans: A Harley-Davidson Museum is opening this week in the iconic company's hometown, Milwaukee.
The museum has a collection of 400 bikes, including bikes that belonged to celebrities like Evel Knievel and Elvis Presley, along with a motorcycle from 1903. That was the year that two young friends from Milwaukee, William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson, first made their product available to the public.
Also on display will be historic items like posters, ads, clothes, trophies and accessories that tell the story of the company and its history; footage of motorcycling, both vintage and contemporary; and a design lab that shows how bikes are developed and engineered. Visitors can sit on 10 vintage and contemporary motorcycles in the final gallery.
The company celebrates its 105th anniversary this year Aug. 28-31 with a series of special events, including an Aug. 30 Bruce Springsteen concert. (Admission to the concert is only available to anniversary ticket-holders in a package that costs $107.50 per person. Tickets to the anniversary celebration without the concert are $65 and include a two-day festival, admission to the museum and various keepsakes.)
Although the legendary motorcycle company offers tours at its Capital Drive facility in Milwaukee and at its York, Pa.., factory, this is Harley's only comprehensive museum. For tickets or more information, go to http://www.harley-davidson.com and click on "museum."
Admission is $16 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and $10 for children ages 5-17. The museum is located at Sixth and Canal streets in a new building designed by Pentagram Architects
Attached is a flyer with info on a fundraiser for "Give Kids The World Village" that Jack will be performing on Friday evening, July 25, 2008, at Stay Bridge Suites in the Lake Buena Vista Area. As stated in the flyer, the show is free; you only pay for your food.
This is a great organization that Jack and his fan club have been associated with for many years.
I, along with a few other fan club members, were given a personal tour of this awesome facility a few years ago.
On a more personal note, my 5-year old great niece from Kentucky and her family were recipients of a week long stay at "Give Kids The World Village" in the fall of 2007. It was a vacation they had not had in a very long time and was one they say they will never forget!
For more information on "Give Kids The World Village" , please visit their website at www.GKTW.com
If you cannot attend this fundraiser, info on how to make a donation can also be found on their website.
Here is a link to help with the location/directions to Stay Bridge: http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/sb/1/en/hotel/mcobv/transportation
We look forward to seeing you there! I have also sent this notice to Jack's UK fans should any of you happen to be in the Orlando/Kissimmee area on holiday at that time. Jack and his fan club members/friends would love to see you!
If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact me!
Kathy Holt, Prez
Jack Smink Fan Club
Saturday, 12 July 2008
There are a handful of VIP seats available right at the stage and this package includes a good bag.
You can get VIP SEATS here: http://www.elviselvis.com/elvisweek/
Just a few ETA performer slots remain for the ELVIS Week regional at the Hard Rock Cafe, Memphis. August 10-16.
Here you can attempt to qualify for the national finals held in Tampa, FL - Feb 13 & 14, 2009 at the Florida State Fair.
We know that ELVIS Week is a BUSY time...so we don't want you thinking that you have to TIE-UP the WHOLE WEEK with this event.
It's this simple: You sign up and pick the day that works best for you and you sing four songs. You only need to be present when you perform. TOP Scoring performs advance to nationals. THE top scoring contestant daily wins prizes. That's it...
Here's the link to sign up:
Note that registration is not complete without payment of the entry fee.
Email ANY questions... firstname.lastname@example.org
PO Box 272014, Columbus, OH 43227, USA
Malt Shop Memories 50’s Variety Show
Fred Wolfe's "Country Songs Volume I”and “Country Songs Volume II”CD’s will be available at this show for purchase at $10.00 each.
Saturday, August 9, 2008 – Stanton, Michigan
Location: Stanton is located northwest of Lansing on M-66 approximately 29 miles north of I-96. MAP
Visit the Fred Wolfe Fan Club Website for other show dates, great pictures, videos and interesting tidbits about Fred. >>>> FREDWOLFEFANS.COM
Please also visit the newly updated "official" Fred Wolfe website. >>>> FREDWOLFE.COM
Sir Michael Caine and Elvis Schmelvis
July 11, 2008
By Alexandra Barham
ELVIS PRESLEY rose from the dead last week to perform a hip swivelling set infront of a star studded audience in aid of charity.
Unfortunately the king of rock and roll was not the real McCoy, but professional impersonator Martyn Dias of Ragged Hall Lane, St Albans.
Donning a special Rhinestone studded jumpsuit, Martyn, aka Elvis Shmelvis, launched into a medley of legendary hits on stage to raise money for children with leukaemia.
The grand party was held in Battersea Park last Wednesday with more than 6,000 young sufferers attending a long with British film star Sir Michael Caine, Eastenders actress June Brown aka Dot Cotton and presenter Des O'Conner.
Martyn, who gave up his day job 10 years ago to imitate the rock legend full-time, said: "Before I went professional I did lots of charity work, but when I went professional I had to give it up. I now do about five or six charity events a year.
"If I can put a smile on these poorly children's faces for a few hours then I want to help do that."
The 46-year-old father of two was voted best tribute act in the UK and has made numerous television appearances playing an injured Elvis in Holby City, entertaining diners on Channel four's Come Dine with Me and competing in an elvis-alike special of the Weakest Link.
As headline act for next Saturday's Music in the Park, in Clarence Park, the great pretender will once again be thrusting his hips for a jeering audience.
See our video of Elvis in action on the Review website next week.
Jim Maclain-Elvis and Paul Martini as support
The Central club , 76, Kent road Blackpool
50's , 60's music and Rock n' Roll
Should be a great night :)
The room holds 499 persons
tickets are limited, to allow the dance floor to be used
We are fully booked for the entire weekend,
know of other hotels in the area with vacancies.
Dave and Dawn
Phone: 01253 721967
Thursday, 10 July 2008
July 9, 2008
By Kimberly Scherer
Voice Staff Writer
What started out as an affinity for Elvis' music and singing Elvis songs at karaoke night, has turned into a side career for resident Darrin Hagel.
Hagel, who has been a professional Elvis impersonator for 10 years, said he got into the business at the encouragement of those who enjoyed listening to him sing The King's classics. Hagel also ran the sound for an Elvis impersonator and sang Elvis hits while the impersonator was between sets. From there, he launched his own business, My Tribute to Elvis.
Most recently, the Chesterfield Township resident brought his act home, when he performed Tuesday as part of the Music by the Bay concert series in Brandenburg Park.
"This (was) my first year, and my band, The Burning Love, (played) with me," he said.
While the Elvis gig is a relatively new thing for Hagel, performing isn't. The Marine City native has been performing his entire life, and also spent some time in Los Angeles pursuing an acting career.
"I'm a performer by nature," he said.
Hagel said his love for Elvis' music goes back "as long as I can remember."
It's the arrangement of the music and the keys in which Elvis sang in that attracted him to the performer. His favorite song? "Suspicious Minds."
The authentic sideburns and Elvisesque hair that help him bring home the image of Elvis to his audience, has been a deal breaker for other work.
Hagel still does professional acting work in the Detroit area, appearing in industrial films and commercials. When asked if he is willing to shave off the sideburns for a role, Hagel said he has to say "no" if there's not enough time for them to grow back before his next Elvis gig.
The jumpsuits he performs in are also authentic to what Elvis wore on stage. Hagel said he has plain jumpsuits specially made and then adds the detailing, which is taken right from the designs Elvis wore.
"I've studied many pictures," he said of designs on the jumpsuits. "I think they turn out pretty good."
During the break between sets, which usually consist of about 15 to 17 songs each, Hagel said he changes into another one of his authentic-looking jumpsuits.
Depending on the venue and the availability of the band, Hagel said he puts on two different types of performances. A prerecorded track show, and shows with his live band, The Burning Love. The four-member band has been playing with Hagel for four years.
Prior to forming the band he said the musicians were his friends, and after some cajoling, was able to convince them to play as The Burning Love.
Hagel doesn't go it alone when he performs. In fact, it's a family affair.
His 18-year-old son, Kyle, works the spotlights while his daughter, Kayla, 15, helps out with scarves and water. Wife Patty controls the sound.
He said the mix can be switched up if someone can't make it; everyone knows how to operate each other's job. Of his two children, Hagel said he could see his daughter following in his footsteps as a performer.
"Right now, they enjoy being behind the scenes," he said.
In addition to the festivals, parties and weddings, Hagel also makes the trek to Collingwood, Ontario, for the Elvis Festival. Hagel said it's the largest Elvis festival in North America. He said he's also been to Graceland several times.
While he loves performing at Collingwood, he said he can't choose a favorite out of all the venues he performs for.
"I love the war memorial, and the senior center at Port Huron," he said adding that he likes them all for different reasons.
Hagel recently performed in the Marysville Concert in the Park series. Ann Shaw, parks and rec coordinator for Marysville, said the show was excellent.
"We've already had calls about him," she said of the performance.
Because of inclement weather, Shaw said the concert instead took place in the Marysville High School Auditorium.
"They filled the place up," she said of the audience, adding there were very few seats left open. Shaw said she hopes to book Hagel and The Burning Love again next year.
If you missed his Tuesday night performance, there's still time to catch his act this summer. Hagel will perform next week in St. Clair as part of the city's sesquicentennial celebration.
For more details about Hagel's career, check out his Web site at www.mytributetoelvis.com.
Contact Kimberly Scherer at (586) 716-8100, ext. 251 or email@example.com.
There's now just a few days to go to the big Summer event staged by Essential Elvis in the UK and You can win tickets for it! If you don't want to wait and take the risk: there are some tickets left, so if you'd like to enjoy a great show, with several famous guests, then please book online or by calling 01903 525917. The event, with Jeanne LeMay, is on July 19th in Hove (near Brighton).
Source: Essential Elvis / Updated: Jul 9, 2008
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jul 09, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ClubHouse Pass, Inc. is proud to announce a new licensing agreement with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. ClubHouse Pass is the creator of the newest collectible that has taken the concept of a backstage pass and turned it into a must have for any music fan and serious collector.
"We couldn't ask for a better situation to be able to create collector passes for Elvis Presley," says ClubHouse Pass President Michael Speakman. "It's a perfect opportunity for us, to be able to produce the new collectible for fans of the King of Rock 'n' Roll."
ClubHouse Pass will release its first set of limited edition products from "The Elvis ClubHouse Pass Collection" on July 9th, 2008. This special Elvis collection will consist of four different series: the Platinum Pass depicts Elvis' top selling album; All Access Pass covers his most important live concerts; Backstage Pass covers his career in the movie industry; and the VIP Pass highlights his milestones in life.
The Elvis ClubHouse Pass Collection will be available at gift shops located in the Graceland visitor complex in Memphis, www.ShopElvis.com and other Elvis retail outlets.
For more information, please visit www.clubhousepass.com.
About ClubHouse Pass, Inc.
ClubHouse Pass, Inc. is a division of Arnett Designs and is based in Dana Point, CA. Arnett Designs is one of the leaders in the backstage credential industry. For over 8 years, the company has worked with over 500 artists, sporting events and venues.
About Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) is based in Memphis, with additional offices in Los Angeles. In addition to Graceland and its related attractions in Memphis, including the Heartbreak Hotel, EPE is aggressively involved in a worldwide licensing program, merchandising, music publishing, and television, film, video and Internet projects. For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit www.elvis.com. EPE is a subsidiary of CKX, Inc. ( www.ckx.com), a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ Global Market(R) under the ticker symbol CKXE.
SOURCE: ClubHouse Pass, Inc.
ClubHouse Pass, Inc.
Michael Speakman, 949-276-4728
Article Source: http://preview.tinyurl.com/6zjb84
Damien Claypool, 25, of Cedar Rapids, shows off his Elvis watch
outside the American Red Cross shelter at Viola Gibson
Elementary School on Tuesday. An Elvis fan, Claypool has
serenaded other flood victims at the shelter often since it opened.
The watch was one of the last things Claypool's grandmother gave
to him before she died in March.
By Jeff Raasch
CEDAR RAPIDS - Elvis has left the flood shelter.
Or, at least, he will be soon.
Cedar Rapids native Damien Claypool has performed Elvis tunes for shelter residents since they came together at Viola Gibson Elementary School. That will come to an end Saturday when Claypool boards a flight to Memphis, Tenn., to leave Cedar Rapids for good.
It's no coincidence that he's headed for the home of The King. He's already filled out an application to work at Graceland.
"I've wanted to go down there my whole life," Claypool said. "... I'd show up six hours early and wouldn't leave until it closed, man."
Claypool, 25, hasn't had the easiest year. His grandmother died in March. His mother was diagnosed with cancer in May. Five days ago, his stepfather died of cancer.
And since June 11, he has been in a flood shelter.
"I got sick last night because my nerves are so bad," he said. "I've just been praying. A lot of praying."
Only Elvis could get him through. When he was evacuated, he grabbed a bust of his idol and all his music.
Claypool doesn't spare a hip shake or a hand motion when he belts out his best Elvis imitations. When he's not singing for his cot-mates, he's often listening to an Elvis CD.
"You've got to have something to keep you sane, and music's been pretty much the only thing that could do that for me," Claypool said.
Claypool said he became a fan at age 3 and remembers his father singing Elvis songs to his mother.
He's heading to Memphis with the help of Angel Flight, a non-profit organization that assists victims of natural disasters or medical conditions with free air travel. He found out about it by reading a flier at the shelter.
"I've got to start fresh, you know?" Claypool said. "No sense in staying around here."
So after a nightmarish year, Claypool will try to live his dream.
Along the way, his favorite Elvis tune will play in the background: "I Will Be Home Again."
Video of Damien Claypool http://www.vimeo.com/1306588?pg=embed&sec=1306588
Source Article: http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080708/NEWS/981593686/1006/news
July 9, 2008
Is it ever too early to start making plans for Elvis Week? Not if you're Wal-Mart, which is already taking pre-orders for Elvis: Viva Las Vegas. The new release, which promises "never before seen" material of Elvis Presley, will be sold only at Wal-Mart and Sam's Clubs stores, beginning August 12. The $10 film is available in both DVD and hi-def Blu-ray, and will also be sold via Wal-Mart's Web sites.
CMT, which will air the film Monday, August 11, is marketing the premiere with an online sweepstakes at CMT.com, offering a shot at an all-expenses paid trip to Memphis during Elvis Week, including a tour of Graceland, and backstage access to the Elvis: Viva Las Vegas launch party.
Produced in cooperation with Elvis Presley Enterprises, the film is narrated by Elizabeth Vargas, and includes rarely seen Vegas performance footage, as well as interviews or performances with Beyonce, Tom Jones, Toby Keith, Paul McCartney, Celine Dion and 50 Cent.
Timed to coincide with Elvis Week, August 9 to 17, the release comes 31 years after the death of the King. And there's certainly a little less marketing hoopla this year, compared to the 2007 launch of Reese's Elvis Peanut Butter Banana Limited Edition, from Hershey's Chocolate, or the 30 1957 Black Electra-Glide FLH models Harley-Davidson sold for the occasion.
But the Elvis industry itself may be immortal. Elvis Presley Enterprises says the Elvis Expo 2008 will more include than 65 booths and 35,000 square feet of Elvis.
And at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, about half of the 300 to 400 people who tie the knot each month request some kind of Elvis involvement, a spokesperson says. The most popular package? The Pink Cadillac, in which the couple drives right into the chapel, where they are married by an Elvis impersonator-all for less than $800.
Presley died on August 16, 1977; today, he would be 72.
2 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 package (4 ounces) saltine crackers, crushed
three 8-ounce cans tomato sauce (divided use)
1/2 cup ketchup
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Gently combine ground beef, onion, green pepper, garlic, eggs, saltines and 1 can of the tomato sauce. Shape into loaf and bake for 45 minutes.
Mix the remaining tomato sauce and ketchup and pour over loaf. It is important to pour off any accumulated fat after cooking and before putting the tomato-sauce topping on for the final 15 minutes of cooking.
*This is an authentic recipe of Elvis' cook Mary Jenkins...
Bill Bram, author, talks to EIN: Bill Bram is the author of the recent book, Elvis: Frame By Frame.
Bill recently took time out to talk to EIN about how he researched Elvis: Frame By Frame and what he uncovered. In his intriguing interview, Bill discusses many fascinating and little known issues including:
that Steve McQueen was very interested in making a film with Elvis!
the controversial "rage reduction" scene in Change of Habit
do outtakes still exist from Elvis' films?
the recent destruction of many of Elvis' personal scripts with handwritten notations
(Interview, Source: EIN)
First ever Elvis & Priscilla doll set: Available from the Ashton-Drake Galleries is the "Love Me Tender Priscilla and Elvis Presley porcelain doll set, showcasing the couple on their wedding day.
From the press-release: Celebrate a doll collecting first - the "Love Me Tender Priscilla and Elvis Presley doll set, showcasing the joyous couple on their wedding day! Both the Elvis doll, "Loving You," and the Priscilla doll, "Can't Help Falling in Love," are crafted of fine porcelain and dressed in elaborate wedding costumes, perfectly capturing their expressive features and tender poses.
It took two renowned doll artists, Liz Greenwood and Ralph Bienert, to bring this momentous occasion to life, and both collectible porcelain dolls are officially licensed by the Elvis Presley Estate and - for the first time ever in doll collecting history - by Priscilla Presley herself. This is an incredible, must-have Elvis Presley collectible, available exclusively from The Ashton-Drake Galleries.
This exclusive collectible Priscilla and Elvis Presley doll set from The Ashton-Drake Galleries features:
• A doll collecting first! Two collectible porcelain dolls portray Priscilla and Elvis Presley on their wedding day.
• By acclaimed doll artists Liz Greenwood and Ralph Bienert
• Officially licensed by both the Elvis Presley Estate and - for the first time ever in doll collecting history - Priscilla Presley
• Both the Elvis doll, "Loving You," and the Priscilla doll, "Can't Help Falling in Love," are crafted in finely detailed porcelain, beautifully capturing their expressive features and tender pose
• Elaborate wedding costumes on both dolls recreate all the magic of their special day
• Doll stands for both dolls included
• The "Love Me Tender" doll set is a must-have Elvis Presley collectible, perfect for any devoted fan
• Each doll includes a Certificate of Authenticity
• "Loving You" measures 16-1/2" H; 41.9 cm H; "Can't Help Falling in Love" measures 14-1/2" H; 36.8 cm H.
You can order this set through the ElvisMatters webshop. (News, Source: ElvisMatters)
Tuesday, 8 July 2008
SHOCK, RATTLE AND ROLL - FROM THE WAIST UP THE DORSEY SHOWS: - Three classic unofficial album reisues -
-each cd contains the original album tracks
-each package contains the original album artwork
-original record labels are used for the cd's
-Shock, Rattle And Roll contains a 12-page booklet
These historic bootleg albums are now for the first time available on cd. Including all Elvis performances on the Milton Berle Shows, Ed Sullivan Shows, Steve Allen Shows and Dorsey Shows***.
Also including some performances that were not officially released on cd.
***All original tracklistings except for From The Waist Up! - including some bonus tracks!
Most recordings are now for the first time released on a single cd!
Of course limited editions only!!! (News, Source: EP Gold/Elvis News)
'68 At 40' Book Press-Release: The following press-release was issued on the upcoming JAT Publishing book "'68 At 40" by Steve Binder.
"This will be the definitive book on the making of the 1968 ELVIS PRESLEY television special."
JAT publishing is proud to present their latest book, ‘68 at 40, the definitive story on the making of the 1968 Elvis Presley TV Special, written by its director and producer Steve Binder.
At more than 125 pages, ‘68 at 40 will feature approximately 100 never before seen photos from the private collection of Timothy Mulrenan and Robert Brower along with rare documents and artefacts from Binder's personal collection.
With its informative text and magnificent photo selection and reproduction, '68 at 40 captures in great detail the essence and magic of ELVIS.
‘68 at 40 is due out on August 6th and will be limited to 1968 hard-cover copies and will include an 8"x 10" photo not used in the book and signed by Binder.
With of the 40th Anniversary of the 1968 special approaching, Binder felt it was time to pen his own book, having read so much on the special that didn't feel right with its director. And when it came time to find a publisher, JAT was Binder's only choice.
Steve explained, "Knowing Joe Tunzi personally and his JAT publishing company makes me very comfortable that I'm in good hands. I have found Joe to be a man of integrity and passion in keeping the Elvis legend alive."
Publisher Joe Tunzi offered these comments, "Being able to publish a book by Steve Binder about the legendary 1968 ELVIS T.V. Special was a dream come true."
Tunzi continued, "This is guaranteed to be one of the greatest books in our vast catalog. Steve is without question brilliant in every sense of the word and one of the most talented and creative minds I ever had the good fortune to work with. Not to mention a true gentleman."
Binder will kick-off the promotional tour for the book with a special appearance in Memphis during Elvis Week 2008. For additional information visit www.elvis68book.com (News, Source: JAT)
Elvis Presley Preloaded Media Player: This exciting new preloaded Elvis Presley media player from Zvue will be available on August 12 only at WalMart and on Walmart.com. It comes preloaded with 10 classic Elvis videos from the 68 Comeback Special and Aloha plus two bonus clips including the Madison Square Garden press conference.
It also features an FM radio tuner, voice recorder, photo viewer, and text reader. Once purchased you can then download other Elvis videos, photos and audio files as well. It come with 1 GB of memory and SD card.
Click here for all the details and images.
I'm not sure why I need one but somehow I want one!
"He clutches the mike and begins to sing, twitching all over. . . Up and down the stage he goes, dragging the mike like a captive, undulating, shouting feverishly.... Then his face sets, his lips curl back and seizing the mike by the scruff of the neck he prowls like a panther up and down the platform, snarling and driving his worshippers crazy."
EIN suggests that all discerning Elvis fans should invest in this thrill-ride. Go here for full review and photos.
(Book Reviews: Source;EIN)
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Witt has been performing his tribute to Presley since 1989, appearing in a variety of venues and events throughout the South. His vocal styling and performance are said to be “so undeniably reminiscent of Presley’s that it has actually been suggested that he lip-syncs. “ ... his sound is that close!” Witt has performed at many private and public events throughout the state and has made appearances on KTHV Channel 11’s “This Morning” program and “Daybreak” on KATV Channel 7.
Recently, he won first place at the CSRA Images Of The King Contest in Augusta, Ga. He is a pre-qualified finalist in the Images Of The King World Championship that will take place in Memphis, Tenn., Aug. 15-16.
Witt’s promoters say that all of his performances are executed tastefully and respectfully, to both the Presley legacy and to the listening audience, while admitting that there can only be one Elvis, Witt says he strives to bring to his audience the sound and feel of an Elvis Presley performance, both to the seasoned fan and the inexperienced listener.
Being true to performing classic Elvis concert and studio material, Witt also includes a sprinkling of Presley’s gospel selections, reflecting a love of faith-based renditions that he also shares with the famed singer.
This range of Presley musical performance makes him comfortably at home in a variety of settings — from corporate, private, and public events to ministry-related performances. Witt says. In ministry-related events, he shares his Christian testimony and a gospel message.
To see viewers’ comments or to sample audio or video, persons may go to KingSized Entertainment and Witt at http://www.kingsizedentertainment.com/
Elvis Presley was more than just the King of Rock ‘n Roll, he was the King of Sin City; and now fans of the music legend have a rare opportunity.
“Elvis: Viva Las Vegas,” an all-new television event, will chronicle Presley’s special relationship with the famous city, and will include never-before-seen footage of his shows there, along with interviews with those closest to him and performances of his hits by some of today’s biggest stars.
Performers include 50 Cent, Toby Keith, Faith Hill, Paul McCartney, Celine Dion and Jon Bon Jovi.
The DVD of this special release will be made available August 12th, exclusively through Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club. A release party will take place the night before at Graceland in Memphis, during the annual “Elvis Week.”
The two-hour television event will premiere on CMT August 11th at 8 p.m./ET.