SHREVEPORT HONOURS ELVIS
Shreveport, Louisiana will honour Elvis Presley with a life size bronze statue. It is good to see a city honour Elvis in America with a statue as so little has been done in his memory since he died, so few streets named after him or what about "Elvis Presley Airport", Memphis. There is the Presley Trauma Centre in Memphis and Elvis Presley Blvd, two statues in Memphis, one in Tupelo but little else in America except at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. Of course, the Elvisly Yours life size statue was unveiled by Charlie Hodge in London September 1981. So we are delighted that Shreveport will pay its respects to Elvis with a special concert and the unveiling of a life size statue.
The Municipal Memorial Auditorium of Shreveport Louisiana was where the one and only, Elvis Presley, as a nineteen year old, made his debut performance for the, "Louisiana Hayride" Radio Show, on the 16th October 1954. Who could have foreseen then, that this young man of extraordinary talent would become the, "Stand alone Icon of the 20th Century"! It is here that the 50th Anniversary of his debut on the 16th October 2004, will draw thousands of Elvis fans from all over the world to a special concert. Our thanks go to Susan Brennan-Hodgson and Maurice Colgan for this news story and we will keep you updated of developments.
Presley's friends - the TCB Band, including Shreveport's son and internationally acclaimed guitarist James Burton, will join original Hayride drummer D.J. Fontana, the Jordanaires and Terry Mike Jeffrey for a night of Presley memories. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal located at 705 Elvis Presley Avenue. Ticket prices are $25, $35 and $45. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets for $20 each.