The video seen above features Priscilla Presley speaking to thousands of Elvis fans at the opening ceremony of the Collingwood Elvis Festival.
Along with Priscilla, was celebrity photographer, Christopher Ameruoso. Priscilla and Ameruoso, have published a new and very unique hardback Elvis photography book. The book is titled,"Shades of Elvis", which features numerous celebrities posing while wearing a pair of Elvis' well know famous sunglasses.
Priscilla Presley and Christoper Ameruoso appeared as special guests at the following Collingwood Elvis Festival events:
- Gala dinner (Thursday, July 24) a $250-a-head evening at the Cranberry’s Bear Estate.
- Collingwood opening ceremony (Friday, July 25)
- Mayor’s cocktail reception (Friday, July 25)
- Two book signings and autograph sessions - for "Shades of Elvis" (Saturday, July 26)
CLICK HERE to watch from the Enterprise Bulletin, a video of Priscilla speaking to the Collingwood media at a Thursday, July 24th Press Conference
"I think here, he would tell you how much he appreciated all of you. I don’t think he was ever at a loss for words, but he would be at a loss for words. I have to say, he would be completely amazed — I wish I had a better word — it would be to him to see what you’ve created here in this town. I sometimes think, wow, all the fans who supported him back in the day, still here in the future… he’s been gone three decades."
"Through his music, through his humble beginnings, he has touched a bit of everyone. His songs were carefully chosen — the ones that he chose, not the movie songs — sends somewhat of a message of emotions to all of us, whether he was a mother’s son, whether he was a military man,” she said. “He was authentic, and there’s something that connects to him because he’s not in any way trying to be anything but himself. No pretense whatsoever, he didn’t think like that, he didn’t rely on tricks, on things to create an event other than what his passion was."
“There’s only one Elvis Presley, and it’s a very strange feeling to see someone try to emulate, be, act like, talk like Elvis. It’s strange, especially when you know him so well… I was with him, so it’s hard to see that,” she said. “But, in saying that, I think what they do, if they keep their own personality, who they are, and have fun with it, not become him… it’s easy to get lost in somebody else.”