04/21/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT
About 6,500 fans gathered at Memphis's Mid-South Coliseum Saturday night to watch Elvis Presley reunite with his band on what would have been his 65th birthday. Fans paid up to $65 to watch Elvis's band TCB (Taking Care of Business) from the '70s play live, while the King -- or at least, footage of him from film and TV -- sang along on a 20-foot screen. "I saw him live once, but dead for the fifth time," Mary Pelgus, 45, of Michigan, who waved letters that spelled E-L-V-I-S and sat next to a life-size cardboard image of Presley, told the Associated Press. The audience was treated to 30 songs during the 2 1/2-hour production, including selections from the 1970 film, "Elvis -- That's the Way It Is" and 1973's "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite."
With additional reporting by Olivia Abel.