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Elvis 35th Anniversary – The King Lives in Las Vegas

Last week marked the 35th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Aside from completely shaking up the music world, The King of Rock ‘n Roll played an instrumental part of Las Vegas’ evolution into the opulent, neon drenched landscape that we know today. From an incredibly successful run of shows at the International, to an unforgettable wedding at The Aladdin, he made his mark on Las Vegas, and he did it with style.

Unfortunately, the evidence of Elvis’ overwhelming impact on Las Vegas is slowly fading with time. The good news, though, is that The King’s legacy lives on in several small (and not so small) corners of Las Vegas. Aside from tying the knot at an Elvis themed chapel, here are our top five ways to pay homage to Elvis Presley on your next trip to Las Vegas:

 

Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil

Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil – Blending the image of The King with the fantastical world of Cirque du Soleil, Viva ELVIS is a colorful tribute featuring song, dance and acrobatics choreographed to the timeless songs of Elvis Presley’s catalog. Playing at Aria, the show wraps up its run at the end of August, so make sure to snag a seat at one of the final performances! After the show, don’t forget to stop by the Elvis-inspired Gold Lounge right next to the theater.

 

Legends in Concert

Legends in Concert – Playing at Harrah’s Las Vegas, Legends in Concert is a fun tribute to pop music icons spanning over the last 50 years. Sharing the stage with Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, and now even Lady Gaga, Elvis graces the stage in this lighthearted production.

 

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds – Featuring a life sized representation of The King himself, this eerie wax museum will have you convinced you’ve been transported back in time. Plus, if you aren’t convinced you want to cozy up to an Elvis impersonator hustling for a buck on The Strip, Madame Tussauds makes for a great photo.

 

Auto Collections

Auto Collections – Housed inside Imperial Palace, the Auto Collections features a large assortment of classic cars that will instantly invoke the nostalgia of Elvis’ heyday in Las Vegas. The collection even features one of The King’s big Cadillacs!

 

LVH

A Trip to LVH – Any true Elvis fan will want to make a pilgrimage to LVH, (at the time known as the International Hotel). This was ground zero for Elvis Presley during his most famous run of 837 consecutive sold out performances. A large statue greets guests at the entrance and serves as a proud reminder of the hotel’s contribution to Las Vegas lore.

 

Enjoy this video clip of Elvis performing five of his most famous songs in Las Vegas in 1970:

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