Elvis Presley Celebration Gig In Hyde Park

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 94 months ago
Elvis Presley Celebration Gig In Hyde Park

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Had he lived till the present era, Elvis Presley would've turned 75 in January of this year. To celebrate the anniversary, Radio 2 is to host Elvis Forever, a concert in celebration of Presley's music, in Hyde Park this September.

Chris Evans, apparently something of an Elvis afficionado, will host the gig, and though there's no word yet on the line-up, a collection of "the greatest names in pop and rock" is promised. True fans are probably more concerned about what the catering will be like: expect plenty of Fool's Gold Loaf and peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwiches.

The King was long thought to have never stepped foot in England — his sole UK appearance a whistle-stop tour of Glasgow's Prestwick Airport, commemorated by a plaque and lounge (not to mention a bizzare Kingsmill advert). However, in 2008, Bill Kenwright made the starling claim that Elvis had been taken on a secret trip around London in 1958, conducted by none other than pop rival Tommy Steele.

Sadly this piece of pop trivia was debunked by one Lamar Fike, of the Memphis Mafia, who was living with Presley at the time, and said that he was the one who had the tour. Doesn't say much for Tommy Steele's eyesight, really.

Last Updated 28 July 2010