Elvis Presley remains one of the most beloved and iconic musicians of all time. The King of Rock ’n’ Roll still has a huge and passionate fanbase, many of whom flock to Graceland each year to his contribution to music. At Elvis Week 2020, several of his former bandmates will be reuniting to pay tribute to the late, great star.
Special guests for this year’s Elvis week include James Burton, Glen Hardin and Ronnie Tutt, all of whom are members of the TCB Band who backed the King from 1969 until his death.
One of the highlights of the schedule is an exclusive Jungle Room experience, available to fans for $ 750 per ticket.
Elvis aficionados will be able to step back in time to 1976 with a visit to the Jungle Room which was a makeshift studio at Graceland and listen to memories from some of the musicians who recorded there with him.
Among those taking part in the Jungle Room experience are bassist Norbert Putnam, pianist David Briggs, drummer Ronnie Tutt and guitarist James Burton.
Elvis Presley: The King will be remembered at this year’s Elvis Week
Fans will also get to take photos with the members of the TCB Band inside the famed Jungle Room.
The returning musicians were part of the band known for playing on the “marathon” session which produced hits like Suspicious Minds and In the Ghetto.
Also on the schedule for Elvis Week is a mammoth tribute concert on August 14, two days before the 43rd anniversary of the Blue Suede Shoes hitmaker’s death.
The TCB Band players will reunite on the Graceland Soundstage for the occasion.
Other live performances during the course of Elvis Week include a Next Generation concert of young tribute artists, unplugged shows and A Tribute to Sun Records with John Paul Keith.
August 13 will see the annual Conversations on Elvis event with a special guest: Mother Dolores Hart.
The former actress starred opposite Elvis in Loving You in 1957 but the starlet stunned Hollywood by announcing she was leaving acting behind just a few years later.
She gave up her Hollywood career to become a Roman Catholic Benedictine nun and at Abbey of Regina Laudis monastery in Connecticut.
Other Conversations on Elvis guests include Elvis’ former bodyguard Sam Thompson and ex-girlfriend Linda Thompson.
General sale tickets for Elvis Week 2020 will go on sale on March 6.
The Founders pre-sale begins on Tuesday, while Graceland Insiders can get their hands on tickets from Thursday, 24 hours before general sale begins.
Elvis tragically died on August 16, 1977, at the age of 42.
His then-girlfriend Ginger Alden found him unconscious on the floor of his bathroom and, despite attempts to revive him and an ambulance rushing him to a nearby hospital in Memphis, he later died of a heart attack.
It is now widely believed his ongoing drug use contributed to the cardiac incident which killed him.
The King of Rock ’n’ Roll left behind his ex-wife Priscilla Presley, girlfriend Ginger and daughter Lisa Marie Presley.
Last month, Priscilla attended Elvis 85th birthday celebrations at Graceland.