Elvis in Concert Live on Screen with Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra review | Music | Entertainment
Elvis Presley has been dead since 1977, but fans around the world can’t get enough of The King of Rock and Roll.
The biggest selling solo artist in music history didn’t live long enough to tour the UK, despite wanting to.
However, he is doing so in spirit, with the return of Elvis in Concert Live on Screen with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
In an age where ABBA avatars were performing every night in London, we were a little skeptical of such a show.
However, any preconceived fears were put to rest when the epic concert opened in London’s 20,000-capacity O2 last night.
As host Jerry Schilling (one of Elvis’ best friends from his Memphis Mafia) told us during an exclusive interview, The King always wanted to tour with an orchestra and we could see why.
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and backing singers inspired great energy and positivity throughout as Elvis “performed live” for us on a big screen above them.
The star’s talented voice was specially extracted from film footage of his concerts such as That’s The Way It Is, Aloha Live From Hawaii via Satellite and Comeback Special 1968, to be accompanied by live musicians.
The biggest takeaway from a night with all the hits from Blue Suede Shoes and Heartbreak Hotel to Suspicious Minds (which had everyone on their feet) was that it really felt like Elvis was there with us performing live. Our only criticism is that Jailhouse Rock wasn’t there, but so many others were packed in.
Along with the music Jerry was also sharing some touching stories, with a new video of him at Graceland shot during Elvis Week 2023.
Along with some home movies was an emotional tribute to Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie Presley, who died tragically aged just 54 in January.
The show would specifically end with virtual fireworks in what is probably Elvis’ greatest live moment of all time when he ends the American Trilogy at Aloha Live From Hawaii with an epic bang. On the whole it was clear that the King is not dead; his legacy is very much alive.
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