Wednesday, November 30, 2022

November 30 - Elvis On Tour In The U.K.

Elvis will go back "On Tour" in the United Kingdom with the "The Best Of Elvis In Concert - Live On Screen". He will be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 7 for the dates.

Publicity stated: The King is back! One of the most unique concert experiences of recent years is set to return for 2023 having won the hearts of critics and fans a-like, as Elvis is set once again to be back, in an arena near you!

The full-scale concert brings the King up close on screen alongside the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra live on stage performing the King of Rock and Roll’s most well-known “rocking” songs and his tender, heart-wrenching ballads, with a special guest to be announced in due course. A show like no other, expect an overwhelmingly encapsulating and enthralling evening!
This is the only chance to experience the man who changed the course of popular music, selling an unparalleled 1 billion records worldwide, his popularity unwavering as the critical and commercial success of the Baz Luhrman produced biopic Elvis showed us in cinemas this year!

The collaboration between the music of Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra has spearheaded an incredible phenomenon, with new orchestral arrangements of the music of the most legendary artists of all time being presented with the original recordings of the artists’ own voice which led to three huge-selling and critically acclaimed albums ('If I Can Dream', 'The Wonder of You', and 'Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra').

With Elvis never having toured the United Kingdom, or performing with a full sized orchestra as were two of his dreams, these shows are a chance to both honor the legacy of an icon who has defined popular culture for over half a century, and for fans to see ‘The King’ live, who never had the chance to before.

The Tour Dates (tickets available from December 2, 2022): 
25 October – Glasgow OVO Hydro
26 October – Manchester AO Arena
27 October – Birmingham Resorts World Arena
28 October – Newcastle Utilita Arena
29 October – Leeds First Direct Arena
31 October – London The O2
01 November – Cardiff International Arena

ELVIS, A Directors’ Assembly

Think this comment is proof enough that there will be no "BAZ ON TOUR" re-edit. "Baz Luhrmann knows that fans have a “Burning Love” for Austin Butler’s performance as Elvis Presley." The “Elvis” director confirmed to IndieWire at the 2022 Gotham Awards that there eventually will be a concert cut of the musical biopic.

Speaking at a recent Q&A, Luhrmann said, “As this film grows in its kind of, I suppose, success ––the fact that young audiences have come to see it, 15 and 16-year-olds are a big part of our audience, real Elvis fans, but people who go, ‘I knew nothing about Elvis, I don’t care about Elvis,’ have gone into his life––I thought it would be great for you guys to have the experience only we had, which is to watch Austin do the entire concert. So I can’t say exactly when because I have got to get through this, but I can say one thing: there will be a day when we do that concert version.”

“It’s a directors’ assembly. It’s not a cut. There’s a whole lot of material that adds up to four hours, but I have gone on record now to say not today, not tomorrow, but at some point I would do [it],” Luhrmann said. “Because Austin did his concerts full out. He did all the numbers. Austin just did it and it was an out of body experience to watch him do those full concerts, so one day I will cut those full concerts together.” Luhrmann continued, “We just had all the cameras. [Cinematographer] Mandy Walker even got the lenses reproduced from the ’60s and ’70s and ’80s to match exactly everything.”

As for which concert it may be, Luhrmann didn’t reveal, though one could presume the Las Vegas show considering how prominently it’s featured in the film. “The way that we approached every [concert performance] was, for one, Baz and I early on decided that when I was on stage, we weren’t going to have a moment where suddenly we’re talking about acting,” Butler said during the film’s press tour. “So I would come on stage, like in Vegas, do the entire concert, curtain comes down, I walk off. So every time the audience is getting the experience of the show. And if we would cut for any reason, I would entertain the crowd as Elvis. It was the same thing as him having to make jokes to keep everyone entertained.”

Chicago Blues

Joseph Tunzi published the cover-art for his upcoming book 'The Chicago Blues - Elvis Encore Performance VII'. 

Publicity stated: This book will feature photos from Elvis' performance at the Chicago Stadium on June 17, 1972. It comes with a bonus 2023 "pocket" Elvis calendar.

Un Fenomeno Mondiale 

NovAntico published the 176-page paperback 'Un Fenomeno Mondiale Nelle Cronache Italiane - 1960-1964'. 

This second volume in the series by Luca Castellino and Ernesto Zucconi covers "the Elvis phenomenon' in Italian chronicles for the 1960 to 1964.

(Source: Facebook / Elvis Information Network / Indiewire / The Film Stage / Amazon)