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Latino Daily News

Friday January 14, 2011

Chilean Miner and Elvis Fan Pena Visits VivaELVIS in Las Vegas

Edison Pena, the Chilean miner who became popular worldwide as a major Elvis fan, visited Las Vegas to experience Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil and ARIA Resort & Casino. Pena was offered a guest appearance in the show this Tuesday and received VIP treatment during his stay at ARIA.

During the performance, Pena traveled across the Viva ELVIS stage in style, riding in the show’s representation of Elvis’s iconic pink Cadillac during “Blue Suede Shoes.”

Pena, along with 33 miners, was trapped underground in a Chilean mine for more than two months before help could bring them to the surface. During this time, Pena would have the miners sing Elvis songs to pass time and keep their spirits alive as they waited to be rescued.

After discovering the extent of Pena’s love for Elvis, Graceland offered the rescued miner a trip to Memphis where he received a private tour of the mansion and all of the exhibits.
Pena finished his whirlwind tour of everything Elvis with his exclusive cameo in Viva ELVIS, which stands as a tribute to the life and music of Elvis Presley.