It’s without question that Elvis Presley is still one of the most recognisable names in the world. Now 40 years after his death, with the help of Priscilla Presley, his ex-wife and co-founder of Elvis Presley Enterprises, the King is back and traveling the world with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
The “Wonder of You” tour has already sold out arenas all over the world and will be traveling through Europe in 2018. The show will be reaching places Elvis never had a chance to visit during his lifetime, including Poland and Prague.
The tour is supported by the Elvis Presley Enterprises, the same group responsible for turning Graceland into one of America’s top tourist attractions. The project began when the company was approached several years ago to record Elvis with an orchestra. As Priscilla noted, Elvis loved the big sound and fullness of an orchestra. “If he had his way you would have seen a full orchestra with him at every show,” she said.
Over the span of his career, Elvis performed around 1,684 shows. He become the first solo artist to have a televised special around the world, titled “Aloha from Hawaii”, which was viewed by an estimated 1 to 1.5 billion people in over 40 countries. Due to his worldwide popularity, a lot of recordings and televised specials were made at his shows, and it’s these recordings that have made it possible for fans to relive the Elvis era as projections play in sync above the royal philharmonic orchestra.
While the use of projections may not be a new concept, the ability to edit and enhance footage from over 50 years ago to preserve the memory of music icons is remarkable. These advancements have the potential to revolutionise the music industry and establish a market that could captivate enormous crowds. The process of creating a projection or hologram is, however, painstakingly lengthy. There is also a great debate over the use of projectors and holograms, mostly resulting from the numerous legal implications regarding copyright and ownership.
Eyellusion, the company responsible for creating a Ronnie James Dio hologram, is set to hit South America, Australia, and Asia and will arrive in the US in spring of 2018, going to numerous festivals. At present, they are working on securing the rights to allow them to bring more holographic artists on tour. They are currently raising funds to secure additional artist rights and finance new tours, but they have not disclosed any names yet.