Today, Elvis Aaron Presley, The King of Rock and Roll, would have turned 76 years old. With birthday celebrations going on all around the world, one place with strong ties to The King is Las Vegas. Elvis has become synonymous with Vegas and the city offers many landmarks for fans to pay homage to The King on his birthday and throughout the year.
The most significant tie Elvis Presley had to Las Vegas was through the Las Vegas Hilton, formerly The International Hotel. After the success of his 1968 "Comeback" special, Presley returned to live performance at the Las Vegas' International Hotel in 1969 performing a record-breaking run of 58 consecutive sold-out shows. Elvis would perform two months each year for the next seven years at the hotel (which became the Hilton in 1971) performing two shows a night.
In September 1978, a life-size statue of Elvis was unveiled at the hotel by Barron Hilton with Priscilla Presley and Vernon Presley in attendance. The statue now sits outside the entrance to the Hilton. See photos of the Elvis Presley Statue at the Las Vegas Hilton
Elvis lives onstage at the Cirque du Soleil production called Viva ELVIS. The show premiered in February 2010 at the ARIA Resort and Casino at the CityCenter complex on the Las Vegas strip with full support of Elvis' former wife, Priscilla Presley.
Viva ELVIS is a theatrical musical journey through Elvis Presley's life. Using Elvis' voice for the majority of the songs, an energetic band backs up The King adding a live dimension to the show almost as if Presley was performing there live onstage. Priscilla describes Viva ELVIS as having "a little of everything in this show... if you're a Cirque fan, or if you're an Elvis fan or a Vegas fan, I think it has something for everyone."
See photos from the Viva Elvis show here.
Elvis Presley's Las Vegas Star
A star for Elvis Presley was dedicated by the Las Vegas Walk of Fame in front of the Riviera hotel. The star sits next to fellow Las Vegas showman, Liberace, who headlined at the Riviera for many years. (See photos from the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas which was open from 1979 to 2010.)
There is a famous photo of Elvis with Liberace taken in 1956 when Elvis played a two-week surprisingly unsuccessful run at the New Frontier Hotel, which used to be located near The Riviera.
Elvis Presley at Madame Tussauds
Elvis Presley is represented as a wax figure not once, but twice at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. The 1968 "Comeback" Elvis greets you in his black leather outfit next to a mini-version of the Las Vegas sign.
Inside, there is an entire level dedicated to the stars of Las Vegas, past and present. The "Vegas" Elvis is crouched in an onstage pose ready to greet you, and maybe give you one of his famous white scarves. He may even let you wipe the sweat off his forehead!
See photos of Elvis Presley at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
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