Over 40 years after his death, fans of Elvis Presley will get the chance to experience “The King” onstage once again, with the new Elvis: Seen/Unseen production. Along with rare and classic footage of Elvis, the live show will include members of his legendary TCB Band, formed in 1969 for his Las Vegas return — featuring pianist Glen D. Hardin, drummer Ronnie Tutt, and guitarist James Burton.
The evening also includes special appearances by Priscilla Presley and long-term Elvis associate Jerry Schilling, “who will be sharing intimate stories, personal photos plus rare home movies.”
Priscilla Presley said in the announcement for the shows, “We’re back and better than ever! I am honored to be part of this return of Elvis to the stage, and to see The TCB Band once again bringing his music to life with new unseen footage and a few surprises. Jerry Schilling and I will be sharing stories and screening amazingly intimate home movies. This will be a once in a lifetime show. . . you won’t want to miss.”
The initial shows will be on October 30th at Montclair, New Jersey's Wellmont Theater; November 1st at Westbury, New York's Theatre at Westbury; and on November 2nd in Atlantic City, New Jersey at The Music Box at Borgata. More dates are expected to be announced soon.
Original “Memphis Mafia” member Jerry Schilling — who now serves as the president of the Beach Boys' Brother Records' Inc. — proved to be perhaps Elvis' truest friend, told us that friendship aside — his love of Elvis as a cutting edge rock performer never diminished: “First of all, I thought he was at his greatest in '56 — and I loved him in '54. I loved him untamed in the beginning of '56 on the Dorsey (Brothers) Show because he was such a rebel — and he was like a musical James Dean, if you will. And I was drawn to that. And then, he comes back with the '68 'comeback special' and Vegas shows, and I realized he still had some of that rawness that he had developed to a much higher degree.”