Elvis Presley to be brought to life using ‘AI’ in immersive concerts

Elvis Presley is set to join the new world of ‘AI’ immersive concerts
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Even decades after the “King of Rock and Roll” untimely passing, his music is still alive for many generations to come. The iconic performances of Elvis Presley are set to be brought back to life in a groundbreaking way as he is set to join ABBA in the strange new world of immersive concerts through artificial intelligence (AI), and hologram technology to create a life-size digital hologram of the legendary star from home video footage and personal photos. 

The new immersive concert will be brought to life in the yet-to-be-named Central London location in November before moving to Las Vegas, Berlin, and Tokyo following the success of the ABBA voyage. The Elvis show differs in that the subject has been dead for decades, whereas all four members of ABBA had a hand in the production of their show, alongside Swedish entertainment company Pophouse and VFX outfit Industrial Light & Magic. 

The show will also feature augmented reality, live theater, and multi-sensory effects, Layered Reality said. In the past Holograms of the likes of Tupac and Michael Jackson have been used although never for a full show. Due to this, CEO Andrew McGuinness told the BBC it would be “a next-generation tribute to the musical legend” and allow people to “step into the world of Elvis and walk in his shoes.” Elvis Evolution will also feature an Elvis-themed bar with restaurant and live music, Layered Reality said.

Watch the official teaser below:

Fans will soon have the opportunity to experience the magic of the legend like never before. After all, his musical contribution is crucial to be remembered among the youth, as he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. Elvis’ legacy will come to life in this new format after the Oscar-nominated biography, Elvis (2022), directed by Baz Luhrmann, which starred Austin Butler and chronicled the life of Elvis Presley under the management of Colonel Tom Parker.

The film stars Tom Hanks as Parker, with Olivia DeJonge, Helen Thomson, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Luke Bracey in supporting roles. It was a commercial success, grossing over $288 million worldwide against an $85 million budget. The American Film Institute named Elvis one of the top ten films of 2022. Elvis received eight nominations at the 95th Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Butler, among numerous other accolades. 

A stage adaptation, with Luhrmann attached as a producer of the project, is also in development.

Most recently, Elvis was portrayed by Jacob Elordi in Priscilla (2023), the biographical drama film written, directed, and produced by Sofia Coppola, based on the 1985 memoir Elvis and Me by Priscilla Presley (who serves as an executive producer) and Sandra Harmon. It follows the life of Priscilla (played by Cailee Spaeny) and her complicated romantic relationship with Elvis Presley. The film received generally favorable critical reviews, becoming Coppola’s second-highest film domestically. 

Lastly, the celebrations of Elvis’ 88th birthday will be held at Graceland in Memphis starting January 5-8, with four days of live music, special tours, conversations, bus tours, and more. In addition, fans are invited to the north lawn of Graceland Mansion on January 8, Elvis’ Birthday, at 8:30 a.m. CST, for the official birthday proclamation ceremony featuring EPE officials, a birthday cake cutting, and an official proclamation of Elvis Presley Day.

You can also watch the ceremony online for free via Graceland’s Livestream page HERE.