Candlelight Vigil -2009

Man,  it was hot on Elvis Presley Boulevard last night.  People pressed in from every angle, getting their candles and keeping them lit for the trip up the long walk up the Graceland hill to Elvis’ grave. The impersonators tribute artists, the pilgrims, the shrine builders, all a little wilted from the Memphis humidity.  We didn’t make the trek could definitely feel the Elvis Energy.

That’s what these people come back for every year, for over 30years now- the Elvis Energy.  We locals like to kid about Elvis Death Week, the Elvis look alikes, the decorations, the Elvis tats, but take away the commercial glitz and there is something real here.  People will still be making this pilgrimage for the next 30 years, long after Michael Jackson is remembered only by an aged Wikipedia entry.

Some photos from last night.

Photos at my Flickr are available in high res and are under Creative Commons license.

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  • Wow, Joe! I have been out of town and didn’t realize you were doing this documentary. I have tried to get Larry to go to the vigil for years, but he adamantly refuses. The 16th is our anniversary – yesterday was #39 – and I’ve always thought paying tribute to the King (the ONLY King, no matter what the MJ fans think) would be a way to celebrate our anniversary that not many others could. I settled for a great dinner and an Elvis marathon on TCM.
    I adored Elvis.
    My dad printed one of his first record covers in a little print shop downtown. He said Elvis was running back and forth around the press, fascinated with how it worked.
    I also met him once when I was 13 and have to say he was the most gorgeous man I’ve ever seen. (Also got invited to a party at Graceland that same year. I thank God I had the sense not to go! I was afraid of having to call home and say, “Daddy, come get me. I’m on Highway 51 in front of Graceland.”)

  • Wow, Joe! I have been out of town and didn’t realize you were doing this documentary. I have tried to get Larry to go to the vigil for years, but he adamantly refuses. The 16th is our anniversary – yesterday was #39 – and I’ve always thought paying tribute to the King (the ONLY King, no matter what the MJ fans think) would be a way to celebrate our anniversary that not many others could. I settled for a great dinner and an Elvis marathon on TCM.
    I adored Elvis.
    My dad printed one of his first record covers in a little print shop downtown. He said Elvis was running back and forth around the press, fascinated with how it worked.
    I also met him once when I was 13 and have to say he was the most gorgeous man I’ve ever seen. (Also got invited to a party at Graceland that same year. I thank God I had the sense not to go! I was afraid of having to call home and say, “Daddy, come get me. I’m on Highway 51 in front of Graceland.”)

  • Hi Joe,

    Really great pictures from the vigil this year.

    I was there in 2006 ( http://www.renefrederiksen.dk/2007/08/16/kongen-er-død-længe-leve-kongen/ ) and plan to go again next year.

  • Hi Joe,

    Really great pictures from the vigil this year.

    I was there in 2006 ( http://www.renefrederiksen.dk/2007/08/16/kongen-er-død-længe-leve-kongen/ ) and plan to go again next year.

  • Candice and Rene, Thanks for your comments. It fascinates me that, on this 32nd vigil, the fans continue to come from all over the world.

  • Candice and Rene, Thanks for your comments. It fascinates me that, on this 32nd vigil, the fans continue to come from all over the world.

  • Candice and Rene, Thanks for your comments. It fascinates me that, on this 32nd vigil, the fans continue to come from all over the world.