Elvis Night On TV

Posted on: 24 November 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Welcome 2009 with an evening with the King of Rock and Roll.

Sky Arts 1 kicks off 2009 in style with a night dedicated to the undisputed king of rock and roll – Elvis Presley.

Sky Arts 1 tribute to the legend kicks off with the world’s first simulcast Elvis Aloha from Hawaii, the spectacular Elvis 68 Comeback Special concert and includes the fascinating documentary Altered by Elvis.

Elvis Aloha from Hawaii sees the king resplendent in the iconic ‘American Eagle’ white jumpsuit in one of the most memorable live sets ever to be captured on film. Performed on January 14th 1973 this historic concert was beamed around the world via satellite and over 1 billion people watched Elvis sing in aid of the Kui Lee Cancer fund.

The concert captures Elvis belting out 23 songs which include Suspicious Minds, Hound Dog and Can’t Help Falling in Love along with in depth interviews with his tour manager Joe Esposito and bodyguard at the time Sam Thompson revealing their memories.

Elvis 68 Comeback Special sees the king in his first TV performance in eight years and features jam sessions with his early backing musicians, Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana. Elvis is on his usual charismatic form, crooning renditions of his greatest hits and more.

Completing the tribute is the fantastic Altered by Elvis - an intriguing documentary featuring individuals truly affected by the icon. Almost 30 years after Elvis ‘left the building’ his impact on today’s culture is as big as ever. From extreme fans to loyal loved ones and even those who make a career out of impersonating the king. Altered by Elvis investigates his everlasting legacy on fans and the music world.

Sky Arts’ Elvis night kicks off at 8pm on New Year’s Day.

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More information can be found at: www.skyarts.co.uk

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