In an episode of Jay Leno's Garage on CNBC, country star Blake Shelton went for a joyride in a vintage GMC truck with the series' namesake in the passenger seat. A couple of superstars conversing in a vintage vehicle sounds like enough incentive to tune in, but as Shelton finds out on screen, this segment involves no ordinary truck-- It's Elvis Presley's truck.
In a sneak peek People shared from the episode, Leno springs this surprise on his guest chauffeur. He indeed has Elvis Presley's truck on the show and the country music star would get behind the wheel.
"This is Elvis' truck, we had it shipped out here for you to drive," Leno tells the country singer. "I wanted you to get the feel of it."
The King of Rock and Roll doesn't exactly have a reputation as a pickup man, with a lot of us imagining him driving around Graceland and Memphis in a pink Cadillac or something even more luxurious. But no, he chose a GMC pickup truck.
"He did drive a truck," Leno explains. "He had a lot of vehicles. So you are sitting where the King sat."
"Now I'm getting nervous," Shelton admits. "That is literally unbelievable. I never would've dreamed that Elvis Presley even owned a truck."
As a late-night talk show veteran should, Leno encouraged The Voice coach to do something out of the ordinary: disobey a traffic light while driving the old truck that belonged to the late Presley.
"You see, when you're driving Elvis' truck, you can go through red lights," Leno says. "That's one of the superpowers you get."
Shelton's recent television appearances beyond The Voice and Leno's series include a coronavirus precautions-friendly appearance on the Grand Ole Opry stage alongside fiance and duet partner Gwen Stefani, performed without a live audience.
This article was originally published in May of 2020.