Personnel: Elvis Presley (vocals); Toscha Comeaux, Sherry St. Germain, Dea Norberg (vocals); J.S. Chouinard, Olivier Goulet (guitar); Jean-Fran?ois Thibeault (harmonica, trombone); Guy B?langer (harmonica); Bruno Dumont (saxophone); David Perrico (trumpet); Erich Van Tourneau (piano, keyboards, programming); Ben Cl?ment , Benoit Cl?ment (drums); Kit Chatham (percussion); Robert Meunier, Hugo Bombardier (programming); DJ Pocket (scratches).
Editors: Robert Meunier; Hugo Bombardier; Erich Van Tourneau; Catherine Von Tourneau.
Photographers: Alfred Wertheimer; Julie Aucoin; Steve Barlie; Eric Jamison.
Arranger: Erich Van Tourneau.
During the '50s and '60s, there was no bigger extravaganza in pop music than an Elvis Presley concert -- whether it was 1956 in Fort Wayne, Indiana or 1969 at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, where he eventually appeared to more than two million paying fans. Forty years after he debuted at the International, the Cirque du Soleil show Viva Elvis presented a similar extravaganza, this one complete with dance, acrobatics, live music, and video clips -- that list prioritized, no doubt, in order of importance. After all, an extravaganza in 2010 terms is quite different than 50 years earlier, especially when the star of your show isn't around to ignite the fans. Musical producer Erich van Tourneau displays a good working knowledge of Elvis' career arc (thanks in part to preeminent Elvis historian Ernst Jorgensen), and the chronology of Elvis' life is preserved surprisingly well, complete with his energetic rock & roll beginnings, zesty but insubstantial pop for the film soundtracks, and his latter-day apotheosis via rock music and stagecraft. The long-build opening comes courtesy of "Also Sprach Zarathustra," Elvis' opening music for years, before the show launches into "Blue Suede Shoes." Then, it rewinds Elvis' story to the beginning, with his first major hit, "That's All Right." (Iggy Pop fans may note that it's retro-fitted to sound lik...