Elvis - the Concert, a unique stage show in which a live band accompanies film and video of concert performances by Elvis Presley, is coming to Shreveport on Oct. 18, show sponsor Harrah's announced Tuesday.
(Hmmmm ... afterward, will Frank Page tell the audience "The video of Elvis has left the building?")
Tickets, on sale now at Shreveport Trading Co. in the casino's pavilion, are $30 each, $20 each with the casino's Total Rewards card and at Harrah's Shreveport retail store. The show will be at Expo Hall.
The show, which started in 1998 and has played to sold-out engagements throughout the world, features a band made up of musicians who performed with Presley over the years. They include Shreveport guitar legend James Burton, who toured and recorded with Presley from 1969 until the King of Rock 'n' Roll's death in 1977.
For the concert tour, all sound was removed from the concert footage, save Presley's voice, so the live musicians, who include a 16-piece orchestra, appear to back up the King.
Burton was on hand at Tuesday's news conference at the casino. In an eerie coincidence, he was playing with Presley in the concert films, so the on-screen Presley often refers to him by name.
"It is like Elvis being there," Burton said. "In the film, Elvis cuts up. And he'll turn to me and say, 'Play it, James!' He is all over the stage."
Burton, who has been with the tour all over the world, said the reaction has been amazing. Fans were crying, screaming and hollering at the film, he said, just as they did in real life.
"If you didn't see him live, this is the next best," Burton said.
Source: Various / Updated: Oct 2, 2002