Rare Elvis Presley press conference footage unearthed – watch

Presley revealed desire to perform in Britain

Rare footage has surfaced of Elvis Presley talking at a press conference.

The event took place the day before the first of four nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 1972, and is among the last press conferences Elvis ever did.

Asked whether he would like to perform abroad, ‘The King’ expressed a desire to visit the UK.

He said: “I’ve never been to Britain, I’d like to, very much, I’ve never been out of this country except in the service.”

The footage is included as part of the release of ‘Elvis Presley: Prince From Another Planet’, which is available today (November 13).

The rare footage has been unearthed and added to a brand new anniversary edition of the Madison Square Garden show. As well as the two CDs, which feature the Saturday performance of his long-awaited New York residency, the bonus DVD features hand-held footage of his afternoon show and a documentary.

This 1972 concert was the first time that Elvis had played in New York, despite his career starting 15 years earlier. It was also his last.

The press conference took place on the Friday afternoon before the big weekend and was also attended by Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis’ father, Vernon Presley, who sat beside his son.

Watch the footage below.