Following is a press release issued today from BMG/RCA and NBC, updating information about the television special:
“Elvis Lives” Will Honor Legacy and Celebrate Ongoing Influence of America’s Greatest Icon; TV Special Follows Record-Breaking Sales of “ELVIS 30 #1 HITS”
BURBANK – November 11, 2002 – NBC will air a primetime, all-star television special on Elvis Presley, titled “Elvis Lives,” on Thursday, November 28 (10-11 p.m. ET). The hour-long special will celebrate Presley’s enduring legacy with commentary by today’s top entertainment superstars, including, Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, Britney Spears, Cher, Sarah Jessica Parker, President Bill Clinton, Chuck D and Steven Tyler and performances by No Doubt, Dave Matthews, Norah Jones and Chris Isaak with LeAnn Rimes. “Elvis Lives” will be hosted by Isaak and is a follow-up to the immensely successful worldwide debut of the definitive Elvis Presley CD collection “ELVIS 30 #1 HITS.”
Other celebrities from the worlds of music, film, television, politics, sports and publishing slated to appear include Denis Leary, Kevin Bacon, Dennis Hopper, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carson Daly, Bob Weir, Serena Williams, and Governor Jesse Ventura.
The special will present a collection of stories, observations, opinions and reflections from renowned individuals about Presley’s importance, interspersed with performances from contemporary artists of four Presley classics culled from the new RCA release “ELVIS 30 #1 HITS,” which recently reached at No. 1 in 26 territories around the world. This new material produced specifically for “Elvis Lives” will be interspersed with historic footage of Presley’s performances and interviews as well as the recent international coverage commemorating the 25th anniversary of Presley’s death.
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The special is being produced by Mary Wharton for Red Eye Flight Productions in conjunction with Wayne Isaak of Isaak Entertainment and Bill Flanagan, and with the cooperation of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. Executive Producers are David Saltz and Osmond J. Kilkenny. Special writers and interviewers are David Wild and Bill Flanagan.