Elvis: Direct from Graceland exhibition kicks off in Bendigo
All Shook Up about the Elvis: Direct from Graceland exhibit? Priscilla Presley gives her insights for the ‘deeply sentimental’ Australian exhibition.
Put on your blue suede shoes, hound dogs – Elvis has come to Bendigo.
The new exhibition exploring the iconic life of Elvis Presley has opened at the Bendigo Art Gallery. Elvis: Direct from Graceland features over 300 artifacts showcasing the music and screen legend’s impact on entertainment, style and popular culture.
The items come ‘Direct from Graceland’ Memphis, Tennessee, to the exclusive exhibit at the Bendigo Art Gallery in Victoria’s Goldfields region, opened by the late icon’s former wife and first lady of rock-n-roll, Priscilla Presley.
Although the music legend never made it Down Under, Elvis made his mark on the Australian entertainment scene. In his time, he had 48 Top 10 singles and 14 No. 1 hits on the Aussie charts, and remains the best-selling artist of all time on our shores.
When asked what made her consider Bendigo for Elvis’s first and only Australian debut of his extensive collection, Priscilla, the Chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises, said she was impressed with the gallery’s pitch, former exhibitions, and how, in some ways, this meant Elvis was finally able to make it to Australia.
In fact, bringing Elvis to our shores at one point had Priscilla quite emotional. “He thought he would be forgotten,” she said tearfully.
“I get a bit teary because this is everything he ever wanted. He never thought he would be remembered. He always thought that all of this was going to go away someday. So [coming to Australia], this is just a dream come true.”