Special 60th Anniversary Show
Celebrating The King of Rock & Roll!
2016 marks the 60th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s breakthrough with ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and this remarkable show will salute the King on this special anniversary.
Following the success of our spring ’14 and ’14 tours, “An Evening with Elvis’ Friends and Original Musicians (U.S.A.)” will be returning to Europe in April and May 2016. This topnotch show, which is widely regarded as one of the leading Elvis productions worldwide, stands out from the others due to the inclusion of Elvis Presley’s original associates and musicians. These were the people who stood behind Elvis when he rocked the world, and now, maybe for the last time, you can hear the unique sounds that they created together with him. This production includes all of Elvis’ classic songs: “Suspicious Minds”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “The Wonder Of You” and many others … songs that revolutionized the world, performed by the musicians who played on these songs with him. This production represents a rare opportunity to experience an essential part of musical history, personal and up-close. At the shows, there will be a ‘meet & greet’ enabling the audience to meet all the musicians and singers.
The musicians are planning many surprises for the shows, including a special gospel section. We want to make this a great celebration of the man and his music. We feel that this is a real tribute, and not an impersonation, and everybody on stage is passionate about what they do, and are honored to be able to pay tribute to this great artist.
Dave Hebler, Bob Lanning and Eddie Graham will be telling cool stories about their association with Elvis, both onstage as well as in the lobby of the theater. You can ask them anything you want.
Bob Lanning will be hitting those drums just like he did in 1970, on classic Presley recordings like “The Wonder Of You”, “Polk Salad Annie” and “C.C. Rider”. Yes, it was Bob that played on the original recordings, and now you can experience his powerful drum sound in person!
Bob Lanning often played in synch with percussionist Eddie Graham at the shows, and together they gave The King a fantastic backbeat. These shows will mark the first time since 1970 that these two great musicians are performing together again. Elvis loved Eddie’s percussion, and you can hear him mention Eddie at the early Vegas shows, sometimes cracking jokes about Eddie’s last name (“That’s Eddie Graham on the kettle drums. And he makes crackers on the side!” – a reference to Graham crackers, which were fairly popular at the time). There’s even footage from “That’s The Way It Is” on YouTube where Elvis introduces Eddie. You can also see Eddie in several of the Las Vegas rehearsal scenes in the original film. These coming shows mark Eddie’s first time in Europe!
‘An Evening with Elvis’ Friends and Original Musicians’
is a one-of-a-kind salute to one of rock music’s greatest icons.