Elvis Presley died on the exact same day as I did not make my first record. This is a fact I have been attempting to address ever since that fateful day in the Summer of 1977.
Bill Drummond 1st May 2019
In the November of 1992, Bill Drummond was deep into his midlife crisis.
One aspect of this midlife crisis was a belief that it could only be Elvis who had the power to save the world from itself.
The fact that Elvis had already been clinically dead for 16 years was irrelevant, to Drummond’s thinking.
Drummond’s course of action to enable Elvis saving the world, was for him, and his two fellow travellers, Z and Gimpo to take an icon* of Elvis to the North Pole. Once there this icon of Elvis would be left to leak love, peace and happiness down the longitudes and out across the latitudes and world peace would shortly follow.
This course of action may as yet not have led to an out break of world peace, but it did undeniably lead to a set of circumstances where Bill Drummond ended up owning The Curfew Tower in Cushendall, County Antrim.
Bill Drummond having subsequently run The Curfew Tower as an artist residency for almost 20 years. In that time over 200 artists from around the globe have spent time in the Curfew Tower doing work in response to the tower the surrounding landscape and more importantly the local community.
As part of this year’s Cathedral Quarter Festival and the Neu! Reekie! involvement with it, Bill Drummond will be joining the dots between Memphis, Tennessee, The North Pole and Cushendall, County Antrim. The joining of the dots will have the title Elvis & Me.
This will be happening at The Black Box in Belfast at 8pm on Thursday the 2nd May 2019.
Tickets and further information via clicking HERE
*Icon in this sense is that of a portrait of a saint as used in the Greek or Russian Orthodox Church, but painted by Z (Mark Manning).