Yesterday Elvis Unlimited could report that the Overton Shell in Memphis is undergoing a major renovation. The Shell, which is where Elvis made his first advertised appearance on July 30, 1954, was closed in 2004 and is to be reopened a few months from now.
As this is historical ground to Elvis fans it's great news that the place will not be torn down. But at the same time it's a bit sad that it isn't restored to its original look - the Shell itself will be painted completely gold and the rainbow paint scheme removed.
I was fortunate to see the Overton Shell during Elvis week in 2005. This is how it looked like then:
It was a special feeling standing there and looking at the stage where a pretty unknown Elvis (his name was misspelled "Ellis Presley" in one ad for the show) most likely sang both sides of his first single, more than 50 years ago.