The plan rocked.
The idea was to replicate Elvis Presley's 1955 concert at the Overton Shell, only this time it would be Elvis tribute artist Donny Edwards and the Change of Habit Band at the Levitt Shell, performing the same two songs Elvis did — "That's All Right Mama" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky."
"That would have been followed by another 45 minutes of rockin' out plus a screening of 'Jailhouse Rock,' " Edwards said.
"But Mother Nature didn't work for us," said Graceland spokesman Kevin Kern when a late afternoon heavy rain forced the cancellation of Tuesday's Shake, Rattle & Roll at the Shell.
The storm was so sudden that a few dozen fans had already gathered. But even if not a single note was played, there was still something for the hardy attendees -- a tour of the Shell's backstage and a picture/autograph and quality time with Edwards.
The event was the official kickoff to Elvis Week and it was a first time effort as well. Graceland had partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association and Pink Caddy Entertainment to do the benefit, the idea of Kari Lugo whose grandmother had Alzheimer's and was a big Elvis fan.
"This was a big step and although it didn't happen, we're going to try again next year," she said.
Jayne Guscott and Julie Taylor had come from Bath, England, for Elvis Week, only to be disappointed that the concert was canceled. But they did get to chat up Edwards, take some pictures and try some of the offerings from the Elvis Presley Wine Cellars in Napa, Calif. The Blue Suede Chardonnay and Jailhouse Rock Merlot did not go unappreciated.
"Well, we'll tour Graceland tomorrow and go to Sun Studio," Guscott said, undaunted.
Refunds for the concert are being processed through the Alzheimer's Association at 565-0011.