BBC Radio 2 today announces that Priscilla Presley is set to appear at Elvis Forever, a concert celebrating the music of Elvis Presley, with Radio 2 Breakfast host Chris Evans, in London's Hyde Park on Sunday 12 September 2010.
The initial wave of confirmed singing stars for the concert, all of whom are fans of Elvis, includes Craig David, Marti Pellow, Tony Hadley, Suzi Quatro, Scouting for Girls, Rick Astley, Imelda May, Nell Bryden and Fran Healy. The full line-up will be announced shortly.
Priscilla Presley says: "I am delighted to be appearing at Elvis Forever which I know will be a memorable celebration of Elvis' life and career.
"He has many fans throughout the UK and we are all looking forward to this celebration at Hyde Park in London. I know Elvis would have been very pleased."
In the year that the King of Rock 'n' Roll would have turned 75, Radio 2 brings together a fantastic and varied line-up to perform Elvis' best loved and most popular songs.
Marti Pellow, lead singer of Wet Wet Wet, is excited to be a part of this celebratory concert: "Elvis, like the city of Memphis, was and is a huge part of my reason for singing... he is a singer's singer and he is known as the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Well, that kinda says it all... if it's cool with Elvis then it's cool with me."
Rock legend Suzi Quatro says: "I first saw Elvis on television when I was six years old, living in Detroit. From that moment on, I decided I would be just like him. It didn't occur to me that he was a guy! He definitely got me All Shook Up and I have loved him ever since. There is not, and never will be, anyone like him in this world again."
Roy Stride, lead singer of Scouting for Girls, adds: "We are so excited to be part of Elvis Presley's 75th birthday celebrations, and feel very privileged to be asked to play Radio 2's Elvis Forever in Hyde Park. Elvis has always had a very special place in our hearts. We love him so much, we dedicated a song to him on our first album called Elvis Ain't Dead. We'll be playing our two favourite Elvis tunes, Hound Dog and Blue Suede Shoes. We Love Elvis!"
Elvis Forever will be broadcast live on Radio 2, hosted by Chris Evans with a special appearance by Priscilla Presley, and culminating in a spectacular firework finale. Over the following week, listeners will also be able to hear highlights from the concert across the station's daytime shows. The Radio 2 website – bbc.co.uk/radio2 – will feature exclusive backstage footage and interviews from the event.
Radio 2's Elvis Forever concert follows the smash success of last year's event, Thank You For The Music... A Celebration Of The Music Of Abba, which featured Kylie Minogue, Jamie Cullum, Lulu, Chaka Khan, The Feeling, and a host of other stars performing their own take on some of Abba's biggest hits, alongside original members Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.
Further highlights of Radio 2's summer of live music will include Paolo Nutini playing live in his hometown of Paisley this month and Scissor Sisters performing live from London for Radio 2 in concert later this year.
Notes to Editors
Sunday 12 September 2010
Hyde Park, London
Gates open 5pm; entertainment on stage from 6.30pm
Tickets cost £30.00 plus booking fees.
For full ticketing information, go to www.bbc.co.uk/radio2.
Source: Brian Quinn - BBC / Epgold