THAT’S THE WAY HE WAS

Bill Wyman and Coldplay's Guy Berryman were among the celebs watching 'Elvis - That's The Way It Is'...

Former ROLLING STONE bassist BILL WYMAN, actor JONNY LEE MILLER, GUY BERRYMAN from COLDPLAY, UK comedian and television personality FRANK SKINNER and a number of British soap opera stars were among the audience last night (March 14) at the premiere of ‘ELVIS – THAT’S THE WAY IT IS’ at a cinema in LONDON’s LEICESTER SQUARE.

The film, a re-release of the 1970 original, features some previously unseen footage of Elvis preparing for and beginning his first residency in Las Vegas in 1969. Charting early rehearsals on the MGM lot in Los Angeles through to the Las Vegas shows where he would eventually play out his days, it provides a rare record of Presley as he returned to live performance, after almost a decade spent making feature films.

During a brief introduction to the film, Frank Skinner, a noted Elvis obsessive, described seeing the film for the first time as a child in 1971 and how it captured the essence of Elvis live. The film features some 20 Elvis tracks, including ‘In The Ghetto’, ‘Love Me Tender’ and a show-stopping ‘Suspicious Minds’.

The premiere marks the beginning of a weekend of Elvis activity in London. On Friday (March 16), ‘Elvis: The Concert 2001′ hits Wembley Arena. The show features Elvis’ original backing band playing live against a backdrop featuring footage of Presley singing. The show moves to London’s Docklands Arena on Saturday.

‘Elvis – That’s The Way It Is’ will get a limited nationwide release from next Friday (March 22). And ‘Suspicious Minds will be released as a single in the UK on March 26.