It was recently announced that country singer and The Voice coach Blake Shelton would be hosting the ’68 Comeback Special, which would be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic special that aired in 1968. Elvis All-Star Tribute will be airing on NBC on February 27th, 2019.
The event will span two hours long and will feature artists from all generations coming together to perform a slew of popular Elvis Presley tunes. Many of the songs included in the event will be songs that Elvis actually sang during his Comeback Special in 1968.
In addition to the performances throughout the event, the special will also feature interviews with Priscilla Presley and the director of the ’68 Comeback Special, Steve Binder. RCA/Legacy Recordings will also be releasing The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special on February 15th, which is a collection of Elvis’s performances from the original show.
Binder spoke to Rolling Stone last year about the impact of the original concert. “These screenings mean a lot to me,” he says, “Aside from all the Elvis fans worldwide – and there are millions of them – I think it’s good that the younger generation who have only been sort of brainwashed about how important Elvis was to the world really get a chance to see him.”
View the full lineup for the 50th-anniversary Comeback Special below:
“Trouble”/”Guitar Man” – Blake Shelton
“Hound Dog” – Shawn Mendes
“Burning Love” – Keith Urban
“Baby, What You Want Me to Do” – Keith Urban & Post Malone
“Jailhouse Rock” – John Fogerty
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Ed Sheeran
“Always on My Mind” – Kelsea Ballerini
“Heartbreak Hotel” – Jennifer Lopez
“One Night” – Darius Rucker
“Suspicious Minds” – Blake Shelton
“Love Me Tender” – Alessia Cara
“Memories” – Mac Davis
“A Little Less Conversation” – John Legend
“Are You Lonesome Tonight” – Little Big Town
“Blue Suede Shoes” – Adam Lambert
“Love Me” – Pistol Annies
Hits Medley (“That’s All Right,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Blue Suede Shoes”) – Mac Davis, Post Malone, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker & Blake Shelton
Gospel Medley (“How Great Thou Art,” “He Touched Me,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone” – Carrie Underwood & Yolanda Adams
“Little Sister” – Dierks Bentley
“It’s Now or Never” – Josh Groban
“If I Can Dream” – Elvis Presley, Carrie Underwood, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) January 8, 2019
The Elvis All-Star Tribute will be produced by Ken Elrich, who has been associated with the production of the Grammy Awards. Be sure to mark your calendars!
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Check out the video below of the performance of “Can’t Help Falling In Love” from the original 1968 comeback special.