More than thirty-eight years after his death, Elvis Presley is more than a nostalgic memory in the minds of millions of visitors to Las Vegas. Elvis remains part of the Sin City experience. Yesterday, Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani confirmed that Las Vegas will be naming a street “Elvis Presley Way.”
Riviera Road, which intersects the famous “Strip,” or Las Vegas Blvd in front of the Circus-Circus Casino and continues to Paradise Road, will soon be named after the King of Rock n’ Roll. Elvis Presley Way will extend through to the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino to loop through the valet parking area.
Westgate Las Vegas features Presley-inspired exhibitions, Graceland artifacts, memorabilia and Vegas-style live performances. Giunchigliani told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that representatives of Westgate owner David Siegel met with her planning staff recently to implement the name change which will coincide with the upcoming implosion of the Riviera Hotel-Casino.
Presley made his comeback to performing live in 1969 at the Westgate after years of starring in Hollywood movies. At the time the casino-hotel opened as The International and was later known as the Las Vegas Hilton, and LVH. When Siegel purchased the property in 2014, he deemed it Westgate. From July 1969 to December 1976 played to 636 sold out performances on the 1,150-seat theater breaking many records.
In other Elvis Presley news:
- Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2016 is the last day to purchase reserved tickets on line for the inaugural Texas Tribute to Elvis Championship and Festival. Texas will pay a special tribute to the King of Rock n’ Roll on March 4-6, 2015 during the largest Elvis Presley festival in state history.
This event takes place at the legendary South Fork Ranch near Dallas. Fans will be entertained throughout the three day experience with special guests and the competition worthy of being one of global official heats for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.
“Texans are particularly excited with some of the highest quality and professional Elvis tribute artists in the world performing,” revealed Jay Hearne, a Texas Elvis aficionado since the 1960s. “This is a big deal for Texas because Bill Cherry, the 2009 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist, and Cody Ray Slaughter, the 2011 winner, will be there.”
“Fans from around the U.S. will be crossing state lines to see Cherry, Slaughter, Kraig Parker, and Ben Thompson,” Hearne continued. “This is historical since any one of these acts would draw a crowd, but to have these phenomenal artists at the same venue is big—even for Texas.”
- According to all known written accounts and records kept, Presley performed in 243 different communities, towns and cities in North America during his lifetime. Officially he recorded 700 songs for Sun Records, RCA, movies and television shows. If the rehearsals, private sessions, live shows and alternate takes are included the total adds up to at least 990 songs.