New Elvis experience opens in Las Vegas

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Long live the King of Rock and Roll! The spirit of Elvis is alive and well in Las Vegas.

A new, permanent Elvis exhibit opened last week at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. It's called  "Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition - The Show - The Experience." 

The exhibit will bring the authentic Elvis Presley back to Las Vegas for the first time in 40 years, at the same venue where Elvis performed over 600 record-breaking, sold-out shows. 

Graceland Presents ELVIS will include an exhibition that features hundreds of artifacts that have never been displayed before outside of Graceland.  

The exhibit will encompass over 28,000 square feet and include hundreds of artifacts from the Presley family's treasured Graceland Archives, showcasing the man, the performer and the music that revolutionized popular culture around the world.

Visitors will experience an unprecedented journey through Elvis' life and career, beginning with his early days in Tupelo, Miss., through his first recording session in Memphis, rise to fame, Hollywood career, life at Graceland, the Las Vegas years and more. Graceland-produced videos will immerse guests in the experience, concluding with a 26-minute retrospective film featuring Elvis' greatest performances.

Some of the rare artifacts in the exhibition will include Elvis' high school yearbooks; his first Gold Album; his 1955 RCA recording contract; his 1957 Harley Davidson motorcycle; his 1962 Lincoln Continental; the 1971 prototype Stutz Blackhawk delivered to Elvis at the International Hotel; coveralls from the film "Viva Las Vegas," and the diamond-studded gold International Hotel belt for breaking Las Vegas attendance records.

Other items include conic stage-wear from Elvis' live performances, including the first outfit worn on stage for his first concert at the International Hotel in 1969; the legendary American Eagle jumpsuit first worn in the "Aloha From Hawaii" TV special and also worn on stage in Las Vegas; and the "If I Can Dream" white suit worn in Elvis' acclaimed 1968 NBC "Comeback Special." 

Select artifacts will be rotated regularly with artifacts from the Graceland Archives, to ensure that the exhibit is constantly evolving and remains fresh. The exhibition will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are priced at $22 plus taxes and fees, and are available for purchase  at Graceland.com/Vegas.

The newly renamed and renovated Elvis Presley Theater will present Elvis-themed live shows for limited engagement runs on the very stage where Elvis performed for millions of guests during his record-breaking, seven-year stint from 1969 through 1976. The theater is currently being restored so that it has the same look and feel it had when Elvis performed in this historic showroom.

"On behalf of my family, we are tremendously proud to bring Elvis Presley back to Las Vegas for the first time in 40 years," says Priscilla Presley. "Elvis loved performing for the amazing audiences in Las Vegas at this venue, so we're thrilled that this is the now the site of the first Graceland-authorized, permanent exhibition outside of Memphis, as well as Graceland-produced live entertainment in the same showroom that Elvis performed so many incredible shows."

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