Friday, August 12, 2005

Elvis: Viva Vienna

According to Yahoo!, Elvis Week in Vienna is coming soon:

Vienna's Hilton becomes the Heartbreak Hotel on Monday, when "Elvis Week" — seven days of live music, memorabilia and screenings of Elvis Presley films — kicks off for those who love him in Europe, where he never gave a concert. The festival coincides with the 28th anniversary of Presley's death on Aug. 16, 1977. But it underscores the singer's huge popularity in Austria, Germany and other countries where he's still got fans all shook up.

"For me, he was the only unique entertainer in the world," said organizer Wolfgang Hahn, who runs Elvis4You, a new shop in downtown Vienna that sells Elvis music, memorabilia and trinkets. "My mission is to tell people in Central Europe how good he really was."

...Harald Molan, a 23-year-old Vienna university student, calls himself "a medium to huge fan." "It's no different than someone who's crazy about Mozart, who has been dead for even longer," he said. "At least there's footage of Elvis on video, which you don't have if you like Mozart."

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