Elvis Presley to make virtual return

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Singer Elvis Presley is set to be brought back to life virtually as part of a new immersive concert experience.

Elvis Evolution will use AI and feature holographic projections of the star, created from thousands of his personal photos and home-video footage.

The show is set to open in London in November before moving to Las Vegas, Berlin and Tokyo.

It follows the success of Abba Voyage, a virtual concert with avatars of the Swedish pop band.

British immersive entertainment specialists Layered Reality have secured the global rights for Elvis Evolution. The company has previously produced immersive experiences including The Gunpowder Plot and The War of The Worlds.

The company said the Presley show will feature a “jaw-dropping concert experience” where a life-sized digital Elvis “will perform iconic moments in musical history on a UK stage for the first time”.

Layered Reality’s founder and CEO Andrew McGuinness said the show would be “a next-generation tribute to the musical legend” and allow people to “step into the world of Elvis and walk in his shoes”.

The show will feature a life-sized digital Presley and make use of AI, holographic projection, augmented reality, live theatre and multi-sensory effects, Layered Reality said.

McGuinness added that the experience would offer the public a “deeper insight into Elvis’s life, transporting fans back through the decades to experience his meteoric rise to fame, larger-than-life persona, and the cultural movement he catalysed in the 1950s and 1960s”.

The central London location for the show, which is yet to be confirmed, will also host an Elvis-themed bar and restaurant with live music.

Presley, who would have celebrated his 89th birthday on 8 January, rose to fame in the 1950s and is known for hits including Hound Dog and Suspicious Minds. He died in 1977 aged 42. (BBC)

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