|THE ELVIS REQUEST SHOW NOW ONLINE|
The Latest Edition of the Elvis Request Show [EER1188] is now online and available to download until around
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May 02, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio
|ELVIS EXPERIENCE IS A HUNKA HUNKA LUKEWARM LOVE|
Not to be cruel—surely everyone involved has a heart that’s true—but this show is a dog, hound or otherwise.
Given that I never saw the dynamic Elvis live onstage, I have to believe what we get at Westgate Las Vegas’
Elvis: The Experience—the performance component that bookends the museum-style Elvis: The Exhibition—is
to the legend what house slippers are to blue suede shoes.
Set for a five-week run, this production at the Elvis Presley Theater (the ex-LVH Theater) is the first of a
planned series of Elvis tributes, with the blessing of the Presley estate and Priscilla Presley. Designed as a re-
creation of an Elvis concert circa the early ’70s, it plays similar to Bob Anderson’s Frank Sinatra interpretation
at the Palazzo but minus that show’s creative thematic segments—or celebratory joy.
Impersonator Martin Fontaine is Elvis in period-appropriate white jumpsuit and cape—backed by an orchestra
and aided by female R&B background singers the Sweet Inspirations—singing hit after hit to increasingly
Energy isn’t lacking—Fontaine bristles with it—but energy doesn’t automatically translate into charisma, and
Fontaine leaves a personality black hole in his wake. Enormous Elvis love in the room only carries him through
the first few tunes (“C.C. Rider,” “Welcome to My World,” “The Wonder of You”) before Fontaine attempts to
schmooze the audience with disastrous results. Mumbly, unfunny and charmless, Fontaine torpedoes his
rapport with the audience and never recovers.
This Elvis never seems happy to be back in the building. He doesn’t give us much reason to be happy, either.
As a song interpreter, Fontaine can’t be faulted. Timeless Elvis classics such as “Burning Love,” “Teddy Bear,”
“Love Me Tender,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Suspicious Minds,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love
With You,” among others, are rendered in sturdy Elvis style. Not to mention the elaborate—and overdone—
karate kicks with which Elvis punctuated song climaxes.
Occasionally, Fontaine rises a bit above the mundane tone he’s set, but it takes tunes such as “My Way” and
“The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” both nearly impossible to perform without rousing theatrics. Once Fontaine
had exited before the inevitable encore at a recent show, the relatively subdued applause made me wish he’d
remained backstage to avoid the awkwardness of returning to a crowd that wasn’t clamoring for him. He didn’t.
Between its hit-checklist mentality and Fontaine’s cipher-like interpretation, Elvis: The Experience feels hollow
and perfunctory. Or … are we living in an Elvis House of Mirrors, where everything about The King is so
distorted now—such a Presley caricature—that we can’t tell or even appreciate what he actually was?
Not only did Elvis impersonation long ago become an industry, but also an easy joke and even code for
“kooks.” No other dead pop-culture icons—not Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Liberace, Sammy Davis Jr. or Dean
Martin—inspire such slavish silliness.
Whatever the reason—and by whichever standard it’s judged—Elvis: The Experience had me leaving the hotel
with a touch of heartbreak.
May 01, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio /
|THE WESTGATE INCIDENT......|
I originally wrote this story that included names of people that were directly involved in this incident. I didn't take
into account that some of these people are innocent bystanders in this story, & who they are have no bearing
on the end result. So, out of respect for those people, & their personal privacy, I've removed their names, but
the complete story is still intact. A few names have been left in with permission.
The incident at the Westgate..... Read the whole Farce
May 01, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio
|THE EXHIBITION OPENS IN VEGAS|
Elvis Presley is back in the building, returning to the Las Vegas hotel where he performed more than 600
times, in a new permanent exhibition about his life.
"Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition," which opened last week, features more than 300 artifacts never
before displayed outside his Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee. The display looks at his early days as a
recording artist, his stint in the U.S. Army, his films and his shows.
The singer began a Las Vegas performance residency in 1969 that broke box-office records for attendance for
"Elvis is synonymous with the city of Las Vegas, and now he is back on the ground," Graceland's director of
communications, Kevin Kern, told Reuters in Los Angeles.
Presley's widow, Priscilla, and daughter, Lisa Marie, cut the ribbon at the exhibition's opening at the Westgate
Las Vegas Resort and Casino, previously known as the International Hotel, where the singer performed
between 1969 and 1976.
"This is where his home was. He loved coming here," Priscilla said. "He was very fond of Vegas and I think that,
if not touring, still coming to Vegas [is] what he loved best."
Among the items displayed is a jewel-studded belt, with the word "Elvis" spelled out in diamonds, that he was
given by the hotel.
Preslely "really set the stage for a revolution for live entertainment in Las Vegas," Kern said.
The "Aloha from Hawaii" cape that Elvis wore on stage in Las Vegas, a replica of the cape he wore at a special
show in Hawaii in 1973, is also on display. The white cape is adorned with an eagle and stars.
May 01, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio
|LINDA THOMPSON REMEMBERS ELVIS AT GRACELAND|
Remember when? Linda Thompson — who found herself back in the headlines last week with ex-husband
Bruce Jenner's 20/20 special — looked back on her famed relationship with Elvis Presley this week when she
stopped by Graceland in Memphis, Tenn.
The reality star, 64, was in the South for a wedding, and took the time to visit the home that she once shared
with the rock great. Thompson dated Presley for four years in the 1970s after his split from Priscilla Presley
and the two lived together in the iconic Tennessee home.
With sons Brandon and Brody Jenner and Brody's girlfriend Kaitlynn Carter by her side, Thompson went on a
private tour of her former abode. Jenner's ex-wife took to Instagram to share a shot of herself and her family
members in Graceland and reflected on her time with Presley.
"Such a nostalgic private tour of Graceland today," she captioned of shot of herself with Brandon, Brody, and
Carter. "I got to share with @brandontjenner @brodyjenner & @kaitlynn_carter memories of Elvis. I designed
the stained glass peacocks leading into the music room, the climbing roses and 'P' stained glass at the front
door. I also decorated the downstairs rooms, and the Jungle Room... All according to Elvis's unique taste, of
course. Really rarefied memories were made at Graceland."
She went on to post videos from inside the mansion, touching on the "many memories" she has from that era.
Thompson also shared a vintage photo of herself with Presley, who died in 1977 at the age of 42.
Presley gazes at Thompson in the sweet shot, in which the two are done in up in '70s duds. "Many of you have
asked for photos of Elvis & me — this is a favorite of mine because I loved it when he looked at me like this...
#loveintheeyes," the former beauty queen wrote.
Carter, who has been dating Brody for about one year, also shared a photo from the Graceland tour. She
Instagrammed an image of the outside of the estate, writing, "visited the former home of @ltlindathompson
today... AKA Graceland. loved hearing all the memories of her four years with Elvis."
Thompson, who was also married to music legend David Foster for more than a decade and has made cameos
on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with Foster's current wife Yolanda Foster, regularly speaks fondly about
her exes. She lent her support to Jenner as he came forward with the news of his female gender identity,
writing of her former husband on Instagram, "Once a champion of Olympian magnitude...now a champion for
those who share the struggle to just be who they are. #compassion #acceptance #tolerance #education
#evolution #kindness #inclusion #freedom #peace."
May 01, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio