ELVIS Presley was there in spirit - and fancy dress. Dozens of party animals had chosen to attend in The King's trademark white trouser suit, shades and slick, quiffed haircut.
But on stage, at least, there was the serious business of breathing life into a show by the most famous rock 'n' roll star of all time.
The fact that he died more than 25 years ago didn't matter at all to the ensembled band of musicians and backing singers, the majority of whom supported Presley throughout his real career.
Using the magic of modern technology - a vast screen showing footage of Presley singing between 1970 and 1977 - we were transported to a magical time before hamburgers and drugs were part of the late star's public life story.
Those fortunate enough to escape the here and now and imagine that Presley was actually there were treated to a spine tingling "live" performance boasting the best of country-tinged blues and gospel sounds.It was made easier to imagine by sublime performances from musicians who are stars in their own right."
James Burton on guitar and Jerry Scheff on Fender bass", Elvis said from the large screen, as he unwittingly name-checked those who would go forth with his legend.
The songs delivered in Presley's inimitable style ranged from classic rock 'n' roll like Johnny Be Good to the tragic narrative of In The Ghetto and crowd pleasers like Suspicious Minds.
And as we left we were handed flyers revealing that Lisa Marie Presley is set to release her debut single. Further proof if it were needed that the Presley name will be with us for generations to come.
(From manchester Online)