Bono, Petty, Britney Proclaim 'Elvis Lives'

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10.11.02 - Billboard

Bono, Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, No Doubt, Dave Matthews, and Britney Spears are among the artists scheduled to appear on the prime-time special "Elvis Lives," to air on NBC in late November or early December. The hour-long show will feature commentary and performances that pay tribute to the legacy of Elvis Presley.

The special is the latest marketing move designed to tie into RCA's "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits," and will attempt to drive holiday says of the album. The set is No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a second-straight week, having sold 837,000 units since its release. The show will feature four performances of Presley classics.

Also slated to appear on the special are Denis Leary, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Dennis Hopper, and Public Enemy's Chuck D, who turned heads when he rapped "Elvis was a hero to most, but he never meant s*** to me" on his group's 1990 hit "Fight the Power." More guests will be announced in the future.

The program will intersperse new material with historic footage of Presley's performances, as well as recent coverage commemorating the 25th anniversary of his death.

-- Todd Martens, L.A.

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