Nashville, Tenn. (Sept. 11, 2007)--Country music superstar, Miranda Lambert, will honor music legend Elvis Presley by performing "Jailhouse Rock" on the upcoming ABC news special, "Elvis, Viva Las Vegas," which will be broadcast on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 9:00 EST.
Thirty years after Elvis Presley's death, an ABC two-hour TV event in High Definition will examine how the King of Rock-and-Roll affected Las Vegas. Hosted by ABC News' "20/20" anchor Elizabeth Vargas, the special, produced in cooperation with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., will incorporate rarely seen footage of Elvis performing in Las Vegas, revealing interviews with those closest to him, and special performances from some of today's top recording stars singing Elvis' Vegas classics.
Lambert is part of a star-studded lineup which includes unique duets from Toby Keith and Aerosmith's Joe Perry performing "Mystery Train" and Chris Isaak with the hot new artist Brandi Carlile performing "Love Me Tender" (filmed on the former site of the Aladdin Hotel, where Elvis and Priscilla were married). Some musical artists talk about the influence Elvis had on them and others perform covers of their favorite Elvis songs. Artists include: 50 Cent, Beyonce, Daughtry, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, "The Rock," Patti Scialfa and Oscar winners Three-6-Mafia.
The two-hour special will include exclusive interviews with Elvis' former wife Priscilla Presley and will chronicle different aspects of Elvis's life during the Las Vegas concert years. Elvis was able to reinvent himself in Las Vegas and make a comeback at a time when critics didn't think he had a chance. Viewers will see how his combination of soul and showbiz, electric rock and sex appeal -- became the template for performances today. His astonishing success started the practice of the long-running Vegas "residency" that Celine Dion, Prince, Cirque du Soleil and Elton John partake in today.
"Elvis, Viva Las Vegas," is a visual chronicle of the life of Elvis during his Vegas years with particular focus on his music, his groundbreaking style and his legacy while revealing interviews with those closest to him. The ABC special gives Lambert and other artists a chance to honor Elvis while illustrating to the audience of today how the King of Rock re-invented Las Vegas and how it re-invented him.
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