Following the success of the 2014/2015 Elvis at The O2 exhibition, The O2 has confirmed that the King will return to the venue in a brand new exhibition from the 3rd November.
This brand new exhibition, arriving in time to mark the 40th anniversary of the singer’s death, will concentrate on the period of 1969 – 1977, giving an insight into what it was like for Elvis to tour.
Featuring over 200 artefacts, many of which have never been seen in the UK before, Elvis on Tour will provide an insight into what it would have been like to have seen Elvis on tour during the 1970’s.
Many of the artefacts have been taken from the Graceland archives and the exhibition will bring together dozens of examples of Elvis’ costumes and stage wear along with the guitars, jewellery, posters and – for the first time – unique interviews with Elvis’ touring band.
Elvis on Tour aims to give visitors an insight into what happened backstage, the planes, the clothes and of course the music.
Examples of what will be displayed in the exhibition include:
-Over 35 jumpsuits and costumes worn by Elvis between 1969-1977
-Guitars from tours that Elvis played during the period, including the Gretzch Country — -Gentlemen Guitar used by Elvis on stage in Las Vegas in 1969.
-Tour trunks including one still filled with silk scarves that Elvis gave out to audiences at his concerts during 1969-1970.
-Original acetate of ‘An American Trilogy’ – a song brought to Elvis by Priscilla
-Original costume sketches designed by Elvis’s designer Bill Belew who also designed outfits for Priscilla Presley.
-Gold Belt given to Elvis in 1969 by the International Hotel in Las Vegas to mark his record breaking live performance attendance in the City.
Talking about the news of the exhibition Priscilla Presley said: “To have a second exhibition dedicated to Elvis opening in London is remarkable. We were overwhelmed by the huge numbers, who were not only fans but people who were curious to learn more about Elvis, who visited the last exhibition at The O2. Elvis was beloved by his fans and they also meant the world to him. We are delighted that this carefully curated selection of over 200 artefacts from the Graceland archives will give them the opportunity to gain an even greater insight into his life and how he impacted popular culture around the world through his music, movies and personal style.”
Elvis on Tour will open to the public on the 3rd November, with tickets going on sale from the 18th August. For more information visit: http://elvisontourexhibition.com/