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Friday 26 December 2014

Crowd all shook up as Elvis plays in Belfast

Virtual Elvis reunited with band at the Odyssey Arena
Virtual Elvis reunited with band at the Odyssey Arena
Undated picture of Elvis Presley from the book Guiness Rockopedia.

Elvis Presley never played outside of the United States during his lifetime, but thanks to the wonders of modern technology, the legend lives again.

Officially sanctioned by the singer's estate, Elvis Presley in Concert is a King-size multimedia extravaganza, with material spanning from That's All Right to An American Trilogy.

The show came to Belfast's Odyssey Arena last night, where several thousand fans clapped and cheered along with the ‘virtual' King. He thanked them (very much), he told corny jokes and he handed garlands of flowers to fans in the video's front rows.

The star's Ulster followers bought into the concept from the start. Video footage of Elvis in the 1960s and 1970s integrated seamlessly with a live 16-piece orchestra and some of Presley's original band members. It was the closest we'll get to the real thing this side of reincarnation or DNA cloning.

Elvis hasn't quite left the building.

ANDREW JOHNSTON

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