Okay, we get it, Nashville. Elvis slept there. But seriously, what is up with the King envy? Last week, several Flyer staffers headed to Music City for the annual Association of Alternative Newsweeklies conference. Not only was there a giant Elvis photo over the bar at our downtown hotel, the entertainment district seemed to sport more Elvis statues than Memphis has panhandlers. These are weird hybrid statues, where the head of '70s Elvis sprouts from the body of '50s Elvis. It would be one thing if these statues were joined by similar representations of famous Nashvillians like Junior Samples and Jack White, but no. It's all Elvis, all the time. At least someone had the good sense to decorate this one with a "Memphis as F#@$" coldy-holdy.
On a related note, this needs to be immortalized on a T-shirt, stat.
"My picture was on the back of buses. I was weeping so hard, child. I cried my eyelashes off." — Memphis soul singer Toni Green to WREG, describing the star treatment Memphis artists received at Italy's popular Porretta Soul Festival.
The headline of the week award goes to the Associated Press: "Priscilla Presley is asking fans of her late ex-husband Elvis Presley to 'please calm down' after a report that two jets once owned by the singer could be removed from Graceland."