Every year, around the time of Elvis Presley’s death on August 16, 1977, Graceland put on Elvis Week. But following the coronavirus pandemic and the tragic news of the death of The King’s grandson Benjamin Keough, the event will be different this year. While a modified Elvis Week 2020 will take place at Graceland from August 8-16, the museum has also announced the first-ever Virtual Elvis Week over the same dates.
A new statement on the Graceland official website read: “If you are unable to join us in Memphis this year, we are excited to announce our first-ever Virtual Elvis Week!
“We invite everyone around the world to enjoy the fun and camaraderie of Elvis Week in this closed Facebook group.
“[It] will feature a mix of past Elvis Week concerts and panels, new interviews with bandmates, co-stars and friends, new behind-the-scenes Graceland content, a look back at previous Candlelight Vigils, Elvis tribute artists, and of course a live stream view of our 2020 Candlelight Vigil (the live stream will also be available, as always, on Graceland.com, free of charge).
“From those who have never been, to those who come every year: here is your chance to celebrate Elvis and your shared fanship together.”
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They added: “Tickets for Virtual Elvis Week are $39.00 and will be available to purchase soon!”
This year marks a significant anniversary for Elvis Week, as The King has now be dead longer than he was alive.
The 42-year-old died of a heart attack upstairs at Graceland, which is off-limits to the public.
Back in April, while Graceland was closed for two months due to the lockdown, Director of Archives Angie Marchese gave a live video tour through the Memphis mansion.
Some fans asked in the Instagram comments: “Can we see upstairs?”
While others added: “Are you allowed to go upstairs? Does it look the same as it looked when Elvis was here?”
Angie said: “So the one thing about Graceland and its mystique is the upstairs and the fact that it was Elvis’ private area.”
She teased: “So no one is allowed to go upstairs, well because we’re on Instagram live…No, we’re still not allowed to go upstairs, sorry.”
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However, Angie did reveal a few secrets for fans, since she does get to go upstairs at Graceland as part of her job.
She said: “It looks as if he just got up and left.
“It is part of my job to maintain it.
“So we do go up there to maintain the space.”
She added: “The record on the record player is the last record he listened to.
“There’s a styrofoam cup that sits on a bookshelf.”
While on the bedroom, the archivist added: “The bed is made, so we really maintain it the way that Lisa wants us to preserve it.
“So, unfortunately, we can’t see it, but it is taken care of.”
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