ELVIS may have left the building but he’s heading back as part of another virtual tour. Next year fans of the King can pay to see The Wonder of You, a national tour of Australia.
The tour features Elvis’ voice (and image) on screen while a 40 piece orchestra play live along to his vocals. It comes on the back of last year’s successful If I Can Dream album, featuring Presley’s songs reworked by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
A follow up orchestral Elvis album, The Wonder of You, is released on October 21 and features new versions of Suspicious Minds, Kentucky Rain, Amazing Grace & Always on My Mind. The tour is endorsed by Priscilla Presley and EP Enterprises and will be launched in the UK next month before the Australian leg next year.
“What an honour for us to be able to produce a live concert experience that evolved out of what has become a very prestigious and beloved album backed by a full and rich symphony orchestra,” said Priscilla Presley.
Dates are Perth Arena May 26, Adelaide Entertainment Centre May 28, Brisbane Entertainment Centre June 1, ICC Theatre Sydney June 2, Margaret Court Arena Melbourne June 9 and Derwent Entertainment Centre June 11. Tickets on sale 10am, October 19.
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10 “Mystery Train” a song first recorded by blues musician Junior Parker in 1953. Considered a blues standard. Elvis Presley’s version was first released on August 20, 1955 as the B-side of “I Forgot to Remember to Forget” Presley’s version would be ranked #77 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list in 2003
9 “Kentucky Rain” Released as a single on January 29, 1970, “Kentucky Rain” was one of the early hits in 70s for Elvis, though the song was not included on an album until the compilation package Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits Vol. 1 while the track does appear on the 2000 re-release of From Elvis in Memphis, it was not included on the original 1969 album.
8 “An American Trilogy” the son was arranged by country songwriter Mickey Newbury and made popular by Elvis Presley, who began including the song as part of his regular concert routine in the 1970s. Making the song a showstopper. It is a medley of three 19th century songs”Dixie” a minstrel song that became the unofficial anthem of the Confederacy Civil War and “All My Trials” a Bahamian lullaby, but closely related to African American spirituals, and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” a marching song of the Union Army during the Civil War.
7 “Heartbreak Hotel” (1956) Released on January 27, 1956, this heart-wrenching tune was inspired by a suicide note printed in The Miami Herald. The tune didn’t catch the public’s attention until Elvis started appearing on television in the months following its release.
6 “Love Me Tender” (1956) This song’s tune came from a Civil War ballad called “Aura Lee.” The lyrics were written for Elvis’s first movie, also called Love Me Tender. The movie — a depiction of the notorious Reno Brothers Gang — was forgettable; the song was anything but!
4 “Jailhouse Rock” (1957) “Jailhouse Rock” marked Elvis’s third foray into film and gave him another number-one song. Even if the song hadn’t been a hit, the movie’s dance sequence alone would have made it memorable.
3 “In the Ghetto” A lot of Elvis songs were written especially for him, but according to Mac Davis, the 1969 hit, In the Ghetto, was not such a song. Mac Davis exlains… “I never really dreamed of pitching that song to Elvis. I had been working on In the Ghetto for several years. I grew up playing with a little boy in Lubbock, Texas, whose family lived in a dirt street ghetto. His dad and my dad worked in construction together. So that little boy and I sort of grew up together. I never understood why his family had to live where they lived while my family lived where we lived. Of course back in those days, the word ‘ghetto’ hadn’t come along yet. But I always wanted to write a song about that situation.” Lisa Marie did a in the Ghetto duet with her father, which ruined the song for many fans.
1 “Suspicious Minds”