Sep 14, 2007
An East Texas music ?queen?? will help honor ?The King,?? 30 years after his death on a network TV special this week.
Lindale?s Miranda Lambert is scheduled to perform on ?Elvis, Viva Las Vegas?? at 8 p.m. Tuesday on ABC. The two-hour special will examine how ?The King?? of rock-and-roll affected Las Vegas.
The special, produced in cooperation with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., will incorporate rarely seen footage of Elvis performing in Las Vegas, revealing interviews with those closest to him, and special performances from some of today?s top recording stars singing Elvis? Vegas classics.
In addition to Ms. Lambert, the lineup features Toby Keith and Aerosmith?s Joe Perry performing ?Mystery Train? and Chris Isaak with the new artist Brandi Carlile performing ?Love Me Tender.?
Some musical artists will discuss the influence Elvis had on them and others perform covers of their favorite Elvis songs. Other artists include: 50 Cent, Beyonce, Daughtry, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, ?The Rock,? Patti Scialfa and Oscar winners Three-6-Mafia.
The two-hour special will include interviews with Elvis? former wife Priscilla Presley and will chronicle different aspects of Elvis?s life during the Las Vegas concert years.
?Elvis, Viva Las Vegas,? is a visual chronicle of the life of Elvis during his Vegas years with particular focus on his music, his groundbreaking style and his legacy while revealing interviews with those closest to him.
The ABC special gives Ms. Lambert and other artists a chance to honor Elvis while illustrating to the audience of today how the ?King? re-invented Las Vegas and how it re-invented him.