Festival of The King - The NBC Comeback Special

Thu. Jan 11, 2024 at 7:30pm EST
Ages 12+
Price: 55.00 CAD $
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Festival of The King - The NBC Comeback Special

THURSDAY – Festival of the King Presents: The Phoenix Rises - The NBC Comeback Special


By the late 1960s, after starring in nearly 30 films with their predictable plots and saccharine storylines, Elvis felt the weight of repetition. The cinematic treadmill had taken its toll, and the King yearned for the raw energy and authenticity of live performances. December 1968 marked a pivotal moment in his career: the renaissance of Elvis Presley. Radiating charisma and in impeccable form, he made a triumphant return to television, revisiting his early hits and echoing the sentiments of the Civil Rights movement that defined the era.


Colonel Tom Parker, ever the strategist, had reservations. He envisioned Elvis crooning the festive "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" as the show's finale. But Elvis, deeply moved by the times and the message he wanted to convey, stood firm in his decision to perform "If I Can Dream." This poignant choice resonated deeply with audiences. The NBC Comeback Special LP became an instant sensation, flying off the shelves, and heralded a new phase in Elvis's career where he embraced songs with a profound social conscience.


On Thursday, January 11, join us at The Historic Gayety for a night of nostalgia and powerful performances. Experience the NBC Comeback Special in all its glory, complemented by a selection of Elvis's most impactful recordings from the late 60s. This evening is not just a tribute to the King's musical prowess, but also a testament to his enduring relevance in changing times.

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The Historic Gayety 161 Hurontario St
Collingwood, ON L9Y 2M1