The ballet's producer is Peter Schaufuss and he was knighted in Denmark. His ballet is the greatest Elvis Presley Show I have ever seen but I have only managed to see the entire production on video because of Hovey. Peter had to cancel a production in Edinburgh and to rewrite the Sadler's Wells Ballet in London because Hovey refused him rights to use key Elvis songs that were fundamental to the beautiful story portrayed in the ballet. Peter went to Los Angeles to meet this megalomaniac, apparently offered him 15% of the box office for song rights but was completely rejected. When asked whether he could leave a video of the ballet Hovey told him not to bother. Sadly, only a few thousand people have seen the original and complete Ballet in Denmark. The WORLD is denied seeing such a moving, dramatic and wonderful theatrical and musical experience, all because of one stupid man, given such an important job because he is the brother-in-law of Priscilla Presley.
Now there is even worse news. Unless there has been some last minute face-saving Hovey has denied "Jailhouse Rock the Musical" the right to use the theme song from the film and other Lieber and Stoller hits. It seems Lieber and Stoller, such great songwriters, do not have the guts to stand up to Hovey. Again, Lisa will lose huge income and the World will be a poorer place because the producers of the Musical have to substitute other Elvis songs that have no relevance to rock 'n' roll. The Show will still be GREAT but the World will be denied seeing "Jailhouse Rock" performed live on stage in "Jailhouse Rock the Musical".
To me great music is one of the wonderful attributes of humanity.
Music and particularly Elvis' music brings a joy to life, hope,
enlightenment and spiritual awareness. Just imagine what life would be
without music. Try to imagine what your life, dear reader, would be like
without Elvis. To deny brilliant producers, directors, choreographers,
designers and singers the right to use Elvis' Music is a "crime against
humanity". All Elvis wanted to do was to entertain, to make people forget
about their problems and be moved by his beautiful voice, a gift from God,
to a greater happiness and fulfillment in their lives. Hovey is destroying
Elvis' music legacy and is a disgrace. By banning Elvis' music he is
denying the World a quality of humanity which relieves stress and
encourages feelings of goodwill, tenderness, kindness and love. I just
hope that Lisa Marie reads this article and fires her uncle, Lieber and
Stoller get some guts and the media expose this arrogant twerp! Also,
while she is 'kicking ass' just like her dad used to, perhaps Lisa can get
rid of Jack Soden.
*Definition of 'humanity' from "Webster's
English Dictionary": 1. The quality
of being human; the peculiar nature of man, by which he is distinguished
from other beings.
The pleasure provided by music is a very important characteristic of humanity (my words). This article's purpose is to expose Hovey to the Elvis World and International Media so, hopefully, he does not try to ruin any more exciting Elvis productions.
Jailhouse Rock the Musical competition winners
The winners of our competition to win tickets to see a preview show of the Musical and get a backstage pass are :
JohnnyFairley, Lorraine Whitacker, Lorraine Pite, Jill Levack of Britain and Paul Kaijanen from Finland, producer of another Elvis musical: www.ccrider.tv.
Congratulations! I am
sure you will love the show. You will be contacted by the producers of the
Musical to arrange for distribution of your tickets in the near
Review of the WORLD PREMIERE in Manchester
I was honoured to be at the World Premiere Shows of 'Sing-a-long-a Elvis' at the Lowry in Manchester and the whole concept is just wonderful and the most fun Elvis Shows in the World. Just imagine 1,200 Elvis fans, many dressed specially for the Event, all on their feet, singing, clapping, dancing along to Elvis songs with words on a big screen in a theatre led by a compere, dancers and singers plus the winner of the GMTV Elvis contest, Heath Ashton. At the end of the first part of the show all the audience are on their feet singing along and letting off party poppers as the final bars of "If I Can Dream" are played. The atmosphere is electric and each person has a huge grin on their face, a great night's entertainment and at such reasonable prices allowing the whole family to participate.
The show gets even more interactive in the second part with members of the audience invited on stage if they are dressed up or dancing in a lively way. A "King" for the evening is chosen from the 20-30 people on stage and the winner is crowned while the rest of the audience give a blast on their tooters and wave their flags. The audience are given a bag with an assortment of special goodies to help them participate in the party atmosphere. On the first night the "King" was an Elvis look-a-like but on the second night a girl dressed as a "Hound Dog" was the winner, crowned and given Elvisly Yours souvenirs as a prize.
There is nothing like "Sing-a-long-a Elvis". It is a unique experience unlike any other Elvis Show you will ever see and so much more fun. You are the stars of the show with everyone, yes everyone, all joining in together to celebrate and enjoy Elvis' music as one. It is like a religious revival meeting but instead of Jesus it is pure Elvis, pure fun and pure happiness. To forget all your problems and worries go along to the next "Sing-a-long-a Elvis". There are shows in Southampton, Hackney (London) and Blackpool then later in the year there will be a tour in forty venues. Full details will be announced for the Autumn Tour on our website and in future Cyber Newsletters.
SUSPICIOUS PRINTS OF ELVIS MUSEUM
Elvisly Yours has a "Suspicious Mind" about the latest press release from the notorious new Elvis Museum in Liverpool called "Fingerprints of Elvis".
A recent press release, to coincide with Valentine's Day, encouraged fans to visit the Museum to see the "Partner's Cross" which was supposedly owned by Elvis and another given to Priscilla Presley to cement their love. Amazingly this piece of jewellery, of which no one I know has ever heard, is apparently insured for £1 million. Since jewellery that actually belonged to Elvis Presley sells for usually no more than $20,000.00-$30,000.00 I just cannot believe this ridiculous valuation. Even Elvis' jumpsuits only fetch a maximum of $100,000.00 at auction and many do not even reach their reserve price so why would a piece of unknown, disputed jewellery be insured for £1,000,000.00?
The Museum press release stated : "The cross was perhaps the closest material item to Elvis' heart one of just two crosses he had made for Priscilla and himself. Even after their traumatic break-up the 'King' always treasured his cross and kept it close by his side he couldn't bear to be parted from it. He must have gained some comfort for his broken heart from it in the difficult latter days of his life."
To quote Larry Geller, one of Elvis' closest friends who was with Elvis most of the later years of his life : "The 'Partner Cross' is pure, unadulterated BS! No way! Sid, when it was over, it was so over".
Another fan got a quote from Marty Lacker, Elvis' co-best man at his wedding, who said, "It isn't true, once Priscilla was gone, she was gone and Elvis did not want to get back together".
I was invited to the opening of the "Suspicious Prints of Elvis Museum" at my own expense. I went around the Museum to offer my ideas and thoughts, suggest any amendments and find any faults, all for free and just to help as someone with an extensive knowledge of Elvis. Elvis' stepbrother, David Stanley was there for the opening as their special Elvis consultant. I was at the Elvis Museum for two days but the manager, Jerry Goldman (any relation to Albert Goldman?), was too busy to meet me in that 48 hour period, except for one minute, after I had heavily promoted the Museum on our website and in our Newsletter. What I found in the Museum was quite shocking. There was a whole wall of Sun records but the Sun labels were copies, badly cut out by hand and poorly stuck over other 45 rpm non-Sun records. Many of the film posters were copies and not originals. The Mercedes which was passed off as Elvis' in fact belonged to Dr. Nichopoulos. Drum sets were from the rock 'n' roll era but not owned by Elvis as indeed were many other artefacts.
The Museum gift shop had bought a number of our products to sell, including a book by David Stanley called "Life With Elvis". David had been in Blackpool for the 25th Anniversary signing many copies of this book for the fans at our Convention and receiving royalties from us. David shockingly demanded the Museum take HIS book off their shelves because he told the Museum there were lies in the book and his later book told the "truth". Elvisly Yours has sold "Life With Elvis" for 16 years and until I had this bombshell from David I always believed the book to be an honest insight into life with Elvis, as told by a stepbrother. Not only did they take that book off the shelves but also books by Bill Burk and other books from Elvisly Yours sold on a 'Sale or Return' (SOR) basis. This means the Museum would not have to pay for these books unless they were sold. I wish all the merchandise we sold was on such a basis, as there is no risk. Alas, we have to pay for all the stock we buy. It is crazy not to put rare Elvis books on SOR in your shop with no risk attached. Some wonderful Elvis books were just left in their boxes in storage for seven months. The Museum would not return them to me after repeated requests so in the end I had to drive up to Liverpool and take the books back myself, almost £2,000.00 worth of stock.
This Elvis Museum has about 20% of the retail shop dedicated to Marilyn Monroe merchandise(?), has a ghastly life size, hand painted wooden or plastic effigy of Elvis in the entrance and the worst Elvis logo in the world on much of the merchandise.
Their idea to commemorate the Anniversary on August 16th was to have a replica of Elvis' grave floating on the Albert Dock while a choir sang gospel songs ...how tacky and demeaning to Elvis can you get ? I told them it was an awful idea but they still stuck the replica of Elvis' grave on the pavement outside the Museum.
I have known David Stanley for twenty years, he has the 'gift of the gab' and is a convincing speaker. I was in Memphis when he called a Press Conference to attack Albert Goldman in the mid-1980s with a claim that he would sue Goldman over his nasty book. All the fans cheered him at the Press Conference yet some years later he co-authored a book with the notorious Albert Goldman. He keeps on changing his story about Elvis' death and more recently claimed Elvis had killed himself. I have given David the benefit of the doubt and supported him when so many famous people in the Elvis World, particularly family and friends of Elvis have been extremely critical of David, but no more.
I have trusted him and sold his book for 16 years, helped in bringing him to England on two occasions, got worldwide publicity for him (for free) and treated him with respect and dignity only to find he has interfered with my sales contracts with the Elvis Museum, of which he is a very expensive consultant. The reason for the interference is because his book, "Life With Elvis" has some lies (in David's words). In future we will sell his book as a 'fantasy' and perhaps fans should write to David asking for their money back.
Uniting Elvis fans in America to fight EPE
I am getting more and more emails from Elvis fans, fan clubs and dealers in America asking for my help and advice about fighting EPE. Fans, promoters, fan clubs, family and friends have had enough and are getting more and more angry over the abuses of EPE who are harassing, nasty and vindictive. There is a complete Elvis monopoly in the States and EPE continually abuse their monopoly position and make legal claims over the use of Elvis' name which are unfounded and can be challenged in the US Courts. If Bill Gates of Microsoft was sued over his monopoly why shouldn't EPE be challenged over their monopoly of everything 'Elvis' in America? Elvisly Yours is the only Elvis organization to take on and defeat Elvis Presley Enterprises in the Courts and what we did in the UK can be repeated in America.
I have had fans willing to write to their legislators in Congress and the Senate, contact the local and national media and unite together to fight EPE. It needs total commitment, hard work, guts, teamwork and it would help to have friendly anti-trust and trade mark lawyers sympathetic to the cause for the fight ahead.
I would be happy to act as a catalyst and mentor to help fans and fan clubs unite Elvis fans in America who really love Elvis and do NOT care about getting invited to the President's Lunch by EPE during Elvis Week. But, it is the dedicated American fans who must take this battle to them. I cannot fight the battle for you. Regard it as a Revolutionary "War of Elvis Independence".
In my battles with EPE in the US and UK I was inspired by a story written by Sherry Daniels of California that although a fantasy highlights the evil of EPE and the goodness of one dedicated fan who wanted the legacy of Elvis to continue for future generations...it is called "Setting the Eagle Free"....
Any American Elvis fan, fan club or dealer who would like to join the battle against EPE in America should write to me email@example.com and I will forward your emails to other Elvis Warriors...I like the name "Presleyites" because it evokes memories of the Israelites who wandered for 40 years to find the "Promised Land" and freedom; in your case freedom from EPE domination and harassment. Did you know, in London alone, there are SEVEN Elvis theme Restaurants but none in the USA ?
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