Every year in August, Elvis Presley’s home of Graceland puts on Elvis Week to celebrate the King. However, with the on-going coronavirus pandemic, the events have been modified for those attending physically. But now a Virtual Elvis Week has been announced for fans all over the world to enjoy via Facebook.
Tickets to Virtual Elvis Week 2020 cost $39 and attendees must have a Facebook account.
The online fan event takes place August 8-16, mirroring the physical Elvis Week occurring at Graceland simultaneously.
According to the official website: “Virtual Elvis Week 2020 will feature past fan-favourite Elvis Week events.
“PLUS all-new interviews, celebrity call-outs, Best of Moments, a Facebook Live at Graceland Mansion and more.”
Graceland continued: “From The Memphis Boys Salute, to An Afternoon with Elvis’ Piano Man Glen Hardin and the 2017 Ultimate Return, Virtual Elvis Week attendees will enjoy a full schedule of concerts, performances and panels pulled from the Graceland Video Archives and presented for the first time online.
“Many never before seen in their entirety outside of those who experienced them in-person.
“Virtual Elvis Week will also offer all-new exclusive interviews with Elvis co-stars Mother Dolores Hart and Marlyn Mason; TCB Band member James Burton; former members of The Stamps Quartet Richard Sterban and Larry Strickland; bassist Norbert Putnam who recorded more than 120 songs in the studio with Elvis.
“Sam Thompson, Elvis’ bodyguard and the brother of Elvis’ girlfriend Linda Thompson; and Charles Stone, who worked closely with the Colonel on Elvis’ tours and career.”
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Meanwhile, VP of Graceland Archives and Exhibits Angie Marchese will be unboxing some of the King’s possessions.
Angie will also take part in a Facebook Live Q&A, following the Instagram tour she gave fans during lockdown.
The Graceland archivist has been entertaining Elvis enthusiasts with fascinating videos on social media over the last few months.
And, of course, Virtual Elvis Week will end with a live stream of the annual Candlelight Vigil.
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Every year, Elvis fans pay tribute to The King in a candlelit procession to the Meditation Garden where he’s buried.
And this time on August 15, it will be a socially distanced event for those attending physically.
This year marks a significant anniversary for Elvis Week, as The King has now be dead longer than he was alive.
The 42-year-old died of a heart attack upstairs at Graceland, which is off-limits to the public.
Graceland still preserve Elvis’ private area just as he left it.
This is the request of Lisa Marie Presley, The King’s only child, who owns the Memphis mansion museum.
According to archivist Angie, who is allowed up there, the vinyl on the record player is the last one he listened to and there’s even a styrofoam cup sitting on the bookshelf.
Fans can purchase tickets to Virtual Elvis Week here.
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