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Tue Sep 27, 2005 6:07 pm

The following story is hot off the press:

Brian :D

CKX, Inc. to Acquire and Shut Down ''Elvis'' Themed Museum in Las Vegas; Company Will Cease Operations, Clearing Path for Major Themed Attraction

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 27, 2005--CKX, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKXE) announced today that its subsidiary, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., has agreed to acquire the assets of the Elvis-A-Rama museum, located off the strip in Las Vegas, including the trademark to the name "Elvis-A-Rama," the related website and a substantial portion of the memorabilia currently on display at the Las Vegas-based establishment. The existing museum will be permanently closed and the Elvis-A-Rama name retired as part of CKX's overall plan to bring a world class Elvis-themed attraction to the Las Vegas strip.

Robert F.X. Sillerman, Chairman and CEO of CKX commented "As we have mentioned on numerous occasions, establishing a major presence for the 'Elvis' brand in Las Vegas is an important priority of the company. The closure of the museum together with the purchase of the artifacts and memorabilia currently located there, clears the way for implementation of our plan."

CKX is acquiring these assets from Chris Davidson and certain other minority partners. Mr. Davidson has been collecting Elvis memorabilia for over ten years and is among the world's most well known private collectors of such items.

As part of the purchase, the Company will grant to Mr. Davidson the right to open a licensed Elvis-themed museum in Hawaii, a location often associated with Mr. Presley. In addition to receipt of the licensing fee, the Company will retain the right to acquire a significant equity interest in the Hawaiian operations. Hawaii served as the location for three of Mr. Presley's films and perhaps most famously, was home to the 1973 concert "Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii," which was broadcast worldwide and ultimately viewed by more than 1.5 billion people around the world.

Tue Sep 27, 2005 7:14 pm

Interesting post, Brian. I'm happy to have visited the "Elvis-A-Rama" museum last summer. It was a nicely done museum. By the sametoken, it will be interesting to see what Sillerman has in mind with regard to having a "major presence for the 'Elvis' brand in Vegas."

Tue Sep 27, 2005 7:36 pm

I hope that Sillerman plans to have something nearer to the strip. Elvis-A-Rama was very nice but sort of off the beaten path as far as attractions go. An Elvis museum on the main LV drag would be great.


Tue Sep 27, 2005 11:10 pm

I wonder how this bodes for Chris' proposed reality show along with the rights to the supposed song wrote by Elvis and a partner?

Wed Sep 28, 2005 5:37 am

This can actually be great news! It was nice to visit for the Elvis fans but did it really do anything to improve Elvis's image?

Don't get me wrong. I visited every time I went to Vegas which was at least 7 or 8 times but only because I am a big fan.

It was in a run down part of town close to several adult gentlemens clubs tucked in behind a mall. After dark it could be a scary place to be. They always had 3rd rate Elvis Impersonators (one step below second rate) and a cheesy almost Rod Sterling Twilight Zone room you stood in for the introduction. Then the doors opened after a little show and you were able to go inside the museum. The museum was the best part and the only real reason to go.

I have always wondered why Graceland didn't try to do something there. They could easily do something along the Hard Rock Hotel type establishment. Allow the Broadway show All Shook Up that is in New York to be part of the entertainment. Add in Thursday - Sunday shows in the "big room" of the TCB Band and Elvis The Concert until they get so old they can't do it. I just saw Charlie Hodge in Pidgeon Forge 2 months ago and he would be fun to have there. They could hire the Memphis Mafia to wander around the casino and if they were noticed they could give out free tickets to the show because only "hardcore" fans would recognize them. (A novel approach for Graceland, reward the hardcore fans!)
Oh my. Another Gin and Tonic and I just might try to get a job running the place!

Knowing the policies of Graceland they will probably shy away from impersonators. That is a shame because the man is no longer with us and if done correctly under the supervision of the estate it could be a great experience. I was 8 when he died so I have idea what a live EP concert experience feels like. The closest I feel I ever had was Elvis The Concert when it was in Las Vegas years ago. I got chills. The only other time ever was after more gin and tonics (See a pattern developing here?) and if I closed one eye and hummed a little Trent Carlini made you think how amazing and electric it must have been.

Maybe take all the bootleg cds out there and cut snippets of EP and just have them play randomly on the casino speakers. Similar to the way the Elvis Slot Machines yell at you when they are not being played. Similar to Having Fun With Elvis on Stage but just a few lines and then back to the music. I can't imagine sitting at a blackjack table and hearing Elvis blurt out "Dear Georgie, listen you little ...

I think I have really lost it.