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Elvis on Tour The Exhibition, an official exhibition with artefacts from Graceland, looking at the years 1969 to 1977

By Angela Cole

It is 40 years since Elvis Presley left us, but demand for his music and his story have not diminished.

The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the world’s biggest selling recording artist, died in August 1977.

Though he sold more than a billion records and starred in 33 films, it is the Elvis of the 70s whose image has endured the most.

Elvis in 1972, one of the images on show at the Elvis on Tour exhibition at The O2
Elvis in 1972, one of the images on show at the Elvis on Tour exhibition at The O2

Following the Elvis at The O2 exhibition in 2014 and 2015 – which was visited by more than 200,000 people – Elvis On Tour The Exhibition, will open on Friday, November 3.

It will showcase more than 200 artefacts from the Graceland archives, many of which will be in the UK for the first time.

The new exhibition will cover the years 1969 to 1977, giving an in-depth insight into Elvis on tour and what drove the audiences wild in the 70s.

There will be the jumpsuits and stage wear, jewellery, posters and, for the first time, interviews with his touring band.

Visitors will also get to see what went on backstage, the planes, the clothes and, of course, the music – it will be as close as you can get to seeing the King live.

Artefacts included, and leaving Graceland, include:

More than 35 jumpsuits and costumes worn by Elvis between 1969 and 1977

Elvis’s guitars during the period

Gentlemen guitar used by Elvis on stage in Las Vegas in 1969

Elvis in 1970. Taken from the Elvis on Tour exhibition which opens at The O2
Elvis in 1970. Taken from the Elvis on Tour exhibition which opens at The O2

Tour trunks including one still filled with silk scarves that Elvis gave out to audiences at his concerts

Original costume sketches designed by Elvis’s designer Bill Belew who also designed outfits for Priscilla Presley

A 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.

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. Lisa and I are excited to share these treasured memories.”

Angie Marchese, director of archives at Graceland, added: “It is so exciting to curate a second Elvis exhibition at The O2 Arena London. Focusing on Elvis’s touring years and showcasing items that have never been displayed outside of Graceland before.”

Priscilla will also be making a special appearance in London on Thursday, November 30, joining the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra on stage at The O2 as part of the Elvis in Concert – Live on Stage UK tour.


Elvis On Tour The Exhibition will run at The O2 in London from Friday, November 3 to Sunday, February 4, 2018.Tickets costs £25 and £12 for children. It will be open from 9.30am to 7.30pm each day, but closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
To book visit: elvisontourexhibition.co.uk
You can also find out more at facebook.com/elvisontourexhibition

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