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Rare Elvis Presley Press Conference Reveals Elvis' Desire To Play UK Five Years Before He Died

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 Written by Jon Stickler
Rare Elvis Presley Press Conference Reveals Elvis' Desire To Play UK Five Years Before He Died

A spectacularly rare press conference by Elvis Presley accompanied by his dad Vernon Presley, that took place the day before his legendary four nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 1972, has been included for the very first time as part of the release of ‘Elvis Presley: Prince From Another Planet’, released today on Sony Music.

In one of the last press conferences that Elvis Presley would do, just five years before he died, Elvis spoke of his desire to perform in Britain. When asked if he would play abroad Elvis 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 rare footage has been unearthed and added to a brand new anniversary edition of 'Prince From Another Planet', as recorded live at Madison Square Gardens. As well as the two CD’s which feature the Saturday show of his long-awaited New York residency, the bonus DVD features hand held film of his afternoon show and an incredible documentary. This legendary 1972 concert was the first time that Elvis Presley had played in New York, despite his career starting 15 years earlier. It would also be his last.

Rarely is unseen footage of Elvis in concert discovered, footage of the Saturday afternoon show, captured on hand-held camera by a fan is a rare treat. The film is a revealing portrait of a physically commanding Elvis and his power­house TCB Band, background vocalists, and orchestra.

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 Elvis. Elvis disarms and wins over the New York press with his good-natured demeanour.

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