$28.75 charge to visit Elvis' grave during vigil upsets fans

Fans wait in line outside Graceland, Elvis Presley's Memphis home, on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. Presley died Aug. 16, 1977. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - For nearly four decades, fans of the late singer Elvis Presley have made a solemn procession past his grave at his Graceland mansion during the annual candlelight vigil commemorating his death, without paying a penny.

This year, on the 40th anniversary of the rock n' roll icon's death, it's going to cost them $28.75.

Many fans are not happy.

Visitors who plan to attend the vigil beginning Tuesday night and running into Wednesday must have an Elvis Week Property Pass wristband to walk up the long driveway and past the graves where Presley and relatives are buried, Graceland told the Associated Press in a written statement. The $28.75 wristband also provides access to a new $45 million entertainment complex at the Memphis tourist attraction.

Graceland, operated by Elvis Presley Enterprises, says it anticipates large crowds and it has updated its security measures for Elvis Week, the annual celebration of Presley's life and career in music and movies.