Published on: August 22, 2023, 05:39h.
Last updated on: August 22, 2023, 05:40h.
No press release went out, and no advertisements ran, when three upcoming Las Vegas shows headlined by Priscilla Presley quietly went on sale on the South Point casino resort’s website back on June 20.
The reason, it can safely be assumed, is that the ex-wife of the late Elvis Presley was keeping a low media profile at the time. Immediately following the tragic death of her daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, in January, she locked horns with her own granddaughter, actress/singer Riley Keough, for control of Elvis’ former estate.
Though the dispute has since been resolved, Priscilla and the South Point seem to still to prefer relying on word of mouth to sell tickets for the Nov. 3-5 stint, though more than half still remain unsold.
The show is expected to be a repeat of a three-night South Point stand Priscilla logged in April 2022. That took the form of an interview conducted on stage by former “Hollywood Insider” and “PM Magazine” host Sandie Newton.
Though the questions were softball, many of Priscilla’s answers proved surprisingly candid. For instance, as reported by entertainment columnist John Katsilometes of Las Vegas Review-Journal, Priscilla described one of the first signs of trouble in her marriage to Elvis as a maneuver she observed performed with military precision by his “Memphis Mafia” coterie during his opening night at the International Hotel on July 31, 1969.
“One of the guys said, ‘Get all the pretty girls and put them in front,’ so there would be blondes redheads, beautiful, beautiful girls in the front, maybe about 30,” Presley told the audience. “So, you know, I noticed that and I thought, ‘OK, I guess that’s the normal thing.’ But then I started seeing them in the dressing room, and the guys bringing them in, and, you know, introducing them to Elvis.”
Priscilla left Elvis in 1972 and they divorced a year later, but remained committed to raising Lisa Marie on friendly terms.
A few weeks after Lisa Marie, sole heir to her father’s fortune, died suddenly on January 12 at age 54 — from what was later determined to be a small bowel obstruction caused by bariatric surgery — Priscilla filed a petition disputing a 2016 amendment to her daughter’s will.
That amendment removed Priscilla and a former business manager as trustees of the estate and replaced them with Lisa Marie’s four children: Riley; her 14-year-old twin half-sisters Harper and Finely Lockwood; and Benjamin Keough, who died by suicide at age 27 in 2020.
That petition was settled earlier this month, leaving Keough as the sole trustee but Priscilla, reportedly, with millions.
Seats for Priscilla Presley’s shows at the South Point Showroom, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-5, are still available for $55 via southpointcasino.com/entertainment. Meet-and-greets with Priscilla following the shows, at 9 p.m., are also available for $100.