Elvis Presley, concert footage reissued on box set
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Elvis is back in the building.
Recently discovered footage from one of Elvis Presley's June 1972 Madison Square Garden concerts will be included on a 40th-anniversary reissue box set of the show -- "Prince From Another Planet." The box set is due out Oct. 30, but the film will get its world premiere Friday in Memphis as part of Elvis Week festivities. Presley died Aug. 16, 1977.
"Rarely is unseen footage of Elvis in concert discovered, so this footage lends historical importance to the package," Sony Legacy said in a statement. "The film is a revealing portrait of a physically commanding Elvis and his powerhouse TCB Band."
Another gem in the set is a video of a news conference from that concert weekend. Col. Tom Parker and Elvis' father, Vernon Presley, are present as Elvis takes on the New York press corps.
According to the Sony statement, Presley is asked, "Which kind of song do you like doing the best?"
He responds: "I like to mix 'em up. In other words, I like to do a song like 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' or 'American Trilogy,' or something. Then mix it up and do some rock and roll, some of the hard rock stuff. I'm not the least bit ashamed of 'Hound Dog' or 'Heartbreak Hotel.' "