Joe Walsh is about to get all shook up at the King of Rock’s house!
The guitar great is set to play a residency at Graceland, Elvis Presley‘s iconic Memphis estate, as part of his 2017 tour. Kicking off Saturday, May 6, the three-day event will include a host of treats for fans, including an acoustic set, Q&A and photo ops, not to mention a tour of the historic mansion and accommodations at the newly opened Guest House at Graceland hotel.
“This is something I’ve always wanted to do: Take an evening, invite an audience and just be me,” Walsh says in a statement, before going on to promise some pretty amazing things.
“What you can expect is me playing music, answering almost all questions anyone would ask (except the ones that may incriminate me), a big screen PowerPoint presentation put together and narrated by me, guitar shop talk, slide guitar 101, true stories of road craziness and a discussion of how to destroy hotel rooms and of course playing more music.”
But, as the old sales pitch goes, that’s not all! “I’m particularly excited to talk about my Elvis experiences—what he meant to me and what I meant to him,” he continues. “We’ll conclude with a town hall meeting, including a strategy and platform discussion for my candidacy to run for President of the United States in 2020 and sing ‘God Bless America’ or something else (Elvis would want that).”
Is this the real itinerary, or is this part of Walsh’s trademark humor? Only time will tell.
The intimate one-off performance at Graceland’s recently completed 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex is sure to be one of many highlights of his upcoming tour, which will also see him perform 23 dates with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on their 40th anniversary tour.
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