AI Elvis Presley is Coming Back Amid Anniversary of His First Demo

Rock and roll musician Elvis Presley performing on the Elvis comeback TV special on June 27, 1968
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I’ll be honest, I am extremely jealous of those who were able to see Elvis Presley perform live back in the day. It must have been exhilarating and now a very special memory. For younger fans like me, we don’t have the option to see the King perform live except in old videos. One company is hoping to change that, in its own way.

The show Elvis Evolution uses AI, holographic projection, and augmented reality to bring Elvis back to life on stage. The show will share a journey with fans from Presley’s birthplace of Tupelo, Mississippi to Memphis, home of Presley’s grand home Graceland, and Las Vegas, where he performed many, many times. Layered Reality founder and chief executive Andrew McGuinness shared, “It’s going to be a joyous celebration of Elvis’s life; the man, the music, and his cultural legacy. The crescendo of the experience is an AI performance by Elvis.” While Presley passed away in 1977, if you use your imagination, you may really feel like Presley is performing live while watching his AI performance.

circa 1957: American singer and actor Elvis Presley (1935-1977) performing outdoors on a small stage to the adulation of a young crowd

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The company was given access to thousands of home videos and photos of Presley as well as his music to create the impressive performance. The show is being featured in London this year but will eventually head to cities such as Las Vegas, Berlin, and Tokyo. This news comes on the day of the anniversary of Presley’s first demo recording. On January 4, 1954, Presley recorded his first demo for Sun Records in Memphis. He recorded the songs “It Wouldn’t Be The Same Without You” and “I’ll Never Stand In Your Way.” It would serve as the start of his incredibly successful career and legacy.

1/1956-Close up of Elvis Presley playing guitar.

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If you’re interested in the show, you can join the waitlist to get tickets. What is your take on shows like this, a way to see artists who have passed away or a terrible use of new technology? Let us know in the comments!

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