Elvis: The Tribute is my final comment on the loss of The King, 30 years ago
Elvis: The Tribute is my final comment for this, the 30th anniversary of when we lost the King forever. John Stamos hosted this all-star concert and took us through Graceland, the house bought by Presley in 1957. Among the artists paying great tribute were: Michael Bolton ("Jailhouse Rock"), Melissa Etheridge ("Burning Love"), U2 ("Can't Help Falling in Love"), Tony Bennett ("Love Me Tender"), Carl Perkins ("Blue Suede Shoes" which he wrote and originally performed), Tanya Tucker ("Teddy Bear"), and many others. In addition, we have an extra scene from the '68 comeback special of Elvis performing "One Night with You" and various clips of Presley performing his hit songs individually spliced together. Two of the weirdest scenes here were of Jim Belushi and Quentin Tarantino performing "Viva Las Vegas" on location video and seeing Priscilla Presley, her and Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie, and that daughter's then-husband Michael Jackson in the audience. Boy, a lot has changed since then with M.J. getting more weirder than the King did near the end of his life! In closing, I'd like to quote Groucho Marx, who died three days after Presley, in a clip included in the special, his reaction to a large female contestant on his game show, "You Bet Your Life", who was an Elvis fanatic who said she got a lock of his hair: "A lock of his hair? You want cream cheese with that?"
- Aug 16, 2007
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