A life-sized bronze statue of Elvis Presley, appearing in his famous beaded and studded costume he wore in a historic 1973 concert from Hawai'i, will be installed at the Neal Blaisdell Center at 10 a.m. July 26. The public may attend.
"With a great deal of affection, we're very excited to pay tribute to Elvis and that great event that was seen by 1.5 billion around the world," said Rob Pellizzi, senior vice president of marketing for TV Land, a cable channel devoted to classic and iconic TV programming.
The widely-viewed program, "Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii," was the first musical event beamed around the globe by satellite, reaching viewers in 40 countries, with an audience share of 51 in the U.S. The soundtrack album rocketed to No. 1 on the Billboard charts and earned a five-time platinum award for sales of more than 5 million. Since then, a DVD version also has become a keepsake.
"The connection with Elvis always has been remarkable worldwide," said Pellizzi. "In the Philippines, 92 percent of viewers watched; 70 percent in Hong Kong."
The statue installation and unveiling are keyed to the 30th anniversary of Presley's death on Aug. 16, 1977, at age 42. The Honolulu concert - a TV "milestone" - is the reason Hawaii was selected to remember the rock music icon. Mayor Mufi Hannemann and entrepreneur Tom Moffatt are among Honolulu dignitaries who will participate in the statue unveiling. Larry W. Jones, TV Land president, also will be on hand.
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ta2k wrote on June 21, 2007
Nice ! TCB.
Joe Carr wrote on June 21, 2007
Good stuff! Next they have to work on getting the U.S.S. memorial situation corrected. That is a shame what they did to Elvis, given the time and money he and the Colonel raised for that fund.
2kisses&3scarfs wrote on June 21, 2007
What a wonderful tribute to our man, Elvis!
Ruthie wrote on June 21, 2007
What a wonderful tribute! There has always been a great rapport between Elvis & the hawaiian citizens. And Joe is right. Something should be done about the memorial. Possibly this ceremony will aid in getting that project started.
gbalaban wrote on June 21, 2007
This is going to be great.
tcbndixie wrote on June 21, 2007
GREAT!! Finally some good news for the Elvis world!! AWESOME!! This unveiling should just be the first of many more to come!!
Devon wrote on June 22, 2007
Wayto go, The King Lives!!!
bray1977 wrote on June 22, 2007
Good new indeed. I cant wait to see this statue, Elvis rarely looked finer than on that occasion.