Remember when a public hip thrust was cause for covering your mouth and hiding freshly flushed cheeks? Yeah, neither do we. But before the days when near-fornication in music videos became the norm, there was the original panty dropper. The master of subtle seduction, ladies and gentleman: Elvis Aaron Presley.
It’s been almost 40 years since his death, but he’s once again making headlines in Vegas. On April 23, the Westgate Las Vegas will open the only permanent Elvis Presley exhibit outside of Graceland. The newly renovated resort and casino set aside 28,000 square feet to feature videos and hundreds of artifacts from Presley’s life and career as a Hollywood heartthrob and rock demigod.
Find out who signed his high school yearbooks, admire his 1957 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and lovingly gaze at his over-the-top wardrobe that would definitely raise a few eyebrows today. Just don’t go thinking you can rub your face against that cape he wore to the concert you attended in 1972, the suits are all encased to prevent damage from admiring fans who want to relive the glory days. If you don’t happen to be one of the weird lucky ones who actually scored one of his sweat-stained scarves, fear not, this collection will probably still leave you breathless and looking for a cigarette.
Fanatics take note: the exhibit will constantly rotate the displays so you’re going to want to see this attraction more than once. Which shouldn’t be too hard since the entry fee will only set you back $22 plus tax. It’s open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and tickets are already on sale.
But the exhibit is just the beginning. In the new Elvis Presley International Showroom, the property will spotlight Graceland-produced shows on the same stage where the entertainer performed for millions of guests in the ‘60s and ‘70s. “The Elvis Experience” starring actor Martin Fontaine, will be the first of the large-scale productions and feature 32 musicians and choir members just like those on stage with The King decades ago. Show times are Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and cost $49 plus tax.
Still can’t get enough? Declare your Hunka Hunka Burning Love at the first-ever wedding chapel in Las Vegas that will be operated by Elvis Presley Enterprises. “Elvis Presley’s Graceland Wedding Chapel” is set to open April 23 but details have yet to be released. We are keeping our hopeful little fingers crossed that ceremonies will be officiated by one of the city’s countless impersonators, but it’s still too early to tell.
“Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition – The Show – The Experience” is the closest you’ll get to The King since before that unfortunate restraining order.[Galleries 132 not found]