As summer begins to promise more in-person events and activities, Elvis fans can look forward to Elvis Week 2021 in August. Elvis Week is taking place at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee from August 11-17.
In addition to a variety of events, activities, and music, the event will also have a very special guest. Priscilla Presley, the former wife of the late King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, will make an appearance at the event.
Priscilla Presley Makes an Appearance
“We’re so excited to announce that Priscilla Presley will be making special appearances at Graceland during Elvis Week 2021! Make plans now to join us in #Memphis on August 11-17 to celebrate the music, movies, and legacy of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Visit Graceland announced on Instagram.
According to Business Wire, Elvis Week 2021 will mark the 44th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s passing away. As COVID-19 restrictions are slowly being lifted away, Graceland preps for thousands of music and Elvis fans making an appearance.
Priscilla Presley will appear at the Elvis In Concert on August 16 and Conversations on Elvis on August 17. She will also make an appearance at the event’s first-ever cocktail party on Graceland’s Back Lawn. Some other guests that week include Dixie Locke Emmons, Sam Thompson, Norbert Putnam, David Briggs, Charles Stone, James Burton, Glen Hardin, Terry Blackwood, The Imperials, Charlie McCoy, and Terry Mike Jeffrey.
You can still purchase tickets for the event, here. The entire event will honor the lasting legacy of Elvis Presley on music and culture. The week-long celebration will bring people together in Memphis after a year of isolation. It’s also a chance to potentially meet Priscilla Presley.
Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s Death
Thousands will show up for the annual candlelight vigil on August 15 at the front gates of Graceland. Elvis Presley passed away at the age of 42 on August 16. He was found unconscious in the master bathroom of his Graceland mansion where he was pronounced dead.
There was a good amount of controversy surrounding Elvis Presley’s death. His cause of death was heart failure. However, this cardiac incident was related to his longstanding drug abuse issues.
According to Town and County Magazine, Presley used a high number of different medications like opiates, barbiturates, and sedatives. His physician, Dr. George Nichopoulos, was originally implicated in his death and had his medical license suspended for three months.
During Presley’s last 20 months of his life, he reportedly took over 12,000 pills. The doctor testified he gave Elvis whatever he wanted because he knew the star would just look elsewhere if he didn’t. In 1995 he lost his medical license for good.