Thousands planning Memphis pilgrimage this week
Thousands of Elvis Presley fans are preparing for a pilgrimage to his former home in Memphis on Thursday (August 16) to mark the 30th anniversary of his death.
Elvis Presley Enterprises, the firm that manages the Presley estate, are dumming this summer “The Summer of Elvis”, and have endorsed a packed calendar of events for fans to partake in to mark the date.
Events in Memphis will include an “Elvis Expo” at the Memphis Convention Centre venue, which will see musical performances from various members of Presley’s former band and his former wife, Priscilla Presley.
A candlelight vigil will be held on the night of August 16, with 50,000 fans expected to attend, reports Reuters.
Other events to celebrate The King‘s 30th anniverary include a limited edition run of Harley Davidson motorcycles, a doll and a competition for Elvis impersonators – or as the artist’s estate like to call them, “tribute artists” – held on Friday (August 17).
“This is something new,” said Joe Moscheo, who will perform a gospel Elvis tribute, and is one of the Ultimate Elvis judges.
He added: “There have been impersonators of all shapes and sizes and nationalities for years, but the estate never recognised them. They didn’t want anything to do with the guys with the wigs with the sideburns. They thought it cheapened the image. Now they look at it and say, if they’re going to be out there, let’s control the thing.”