Last Saturday my family and I visited the Elvis exhibition at the O2. The exhibition showcases the life of Elvis and is the largest collection ever displayed in Europe. It features over 300 artefacts from the family’s personal treasures, some that have never been seen outside of Graceland.
It’s strange to see all the memorabilia for Elvis, a singer who died before I was born. To try and imagine him alive and the life he lived. I had forgotten that Elvis served time in the Military and was treated as a normal serviceman, there wasn’t any special treatment for him.
The exhibition is split into different sections, his early life and the start of his career, Graceland, Hollywood and ’68 Special. The ’68 Special shows Elvis at his best! His songs are, of course, played all through the exhibition and for me its was a nice reminder of all the songs of his I know, I even left with some new favourites.
Before you leave the exhibition there is the chance to watch a collection of his performances, it was emotional for me to watch him performing and to wonder what would’ve been had he not died when he did. He was 42, far too young but his legacy lives on in his music and his fans. I don’t imagine any other music star will leave behind the legacy he did.
“If I can dream of a better land
Where all my brothers walk hand in hand
Tell me why, oh why, oh why can’t my dream come true”