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Live 1976

Soundboard or Multi-Track & 'Officially' Released Audience Recordings

(+ means you need both    ~ means same material    °° means stereo or binaural    ° means mono)
(Listings with no 'Afternoon' or 'Evening' reference indicates that just an 'Evening' show was performed on that date)

On Tour, March 17 - March 22 1976
Musicians
Lead Guitar: James Burton
Rhythm Guitar: John Wilkinson
Bass: Jerry Scheff
Piano: Shane Keister
Electric Piano: David Briggs
Drums: Larrie Londin
Acoustic Guitar: Charlie Hodge
Orchestra: Joe Guercio & The Joe Guercio Orchestra
Comedian: Jackie Kahane
Warm-Up Act: The Sweet Inspirations
High Voice Singer: Kathy Westmoreland
Backup Vocals: The Sweet Inspirations; JD Sumner & The Stamps; Sherrill Nielsen

March 17 1976 (Wednesday)
Freedom Hall Civic Center, Johnson City, Tennessee
Also Sprach Zarathustra
      Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD1°°
C. C. Rider       Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD1°°
I Got A Woman / Amen       Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD1°°
Love Me       Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD1°°
You Gave Me A Mountain       Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD1°°
Tryin' To Get To You       Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD1°°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°°
(binaural)~Southbound°
All Shook Up       Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD1°°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD1°°
Until It's Time For You To Go       Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD1°°
Hurt       Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD1°°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°°
(binaural)~Southbound°
Polk Salad Annie       Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD1°° (incomplete)
Introductions / Band solos       Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD1°°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD1°°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo reprise - James Burton)     Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD1°°
_Drum solo (Larrie Londin)       Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD1°°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD1°°
_Piano solo / What'd I Say (Shane Keister)       Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD1°°+Across The Country Vol 2°° (binaural)
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD1°°
Introductions       Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD1°°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD1°°
And I Love You So       Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD1°°+Across The Country Vol 2°° (binaural)

Review

March 17 1976 - Johnson City, Tennessee
Review by Steve Mappin - Elvis Monthly, Issue 249 (October 1980)

Every concert Elvis ever held is now legendary and the one Elvis performed on 17th March, 1976, was no exception. was fortunate to see most of this show on film taken by a fan so I would like to review it as you may find it interesting. As I have said, I have not seen the entire concert so to get a complete picture of what took place I had to do some research. It was the first show of a new tour and originally only one show was planned. However the demand for tickets was such that two more shows were scheduled in Johnson City. When Elvis strolled on-stage to sing his opening song, 'C.C Rider'. the crowd of over 21,000 cheered and screamed. He looked outstanding in a blue jumpsuit with the design of a silver phoenix on the back and front. it was the same suit as pictured on the cover of Elvis Monthly No. 240. He was a little overweight but he moved about as much, if not more than before.

His second song was 'I Got A Woman' (after several "Well's" at the beginning) with the 'Amen' ending. He put on a fantastic performance of this song (doing the "aeroplane" bit etc.) and then discarded his guitar to sing 'Love Me'. The lights were constantly flashing on and off and the screaming was sometimes so loud that when Elvis was talking you could not hear him. Whilst singing 'Love Me' Elvis handed about a dozen scarves out to the hysterical female fans. He also kissed one or two ladies. After drinking some water he sang 'You Gave Me A Mountain' and followed it up with the rock medley 'Teddy Bear'/'Don't Be Cruel'. Elvis' next choice was the ballad 'Until It's Time For You To Go'. The powerful song, 'Hurt' gave Elvis a chance to demonstrate his vocal ability. Elvis sounded and looked most sincere as he was singing this particular song.

The pace completely changed when Elvis began 'Polk Salad Annie'. It was mind blowing seeing Elvis up on-stage, arms swaying etc., as the multi-coloured lights flashed. Elvis really got into this song and ended it with a bang! He did a karate kick and was in complete control of the music. As always his timing was unique. As he drank some more water he took time to introduce the band. He joked with J. D. Sumner about having more jewellery than he had on himself. Elvis, as a matter of interest, wore two large diamond rings and diamond cross. As James Burton played 'What'd I Say' on guitar Elvis joined in. He also joined in singing it as Sonny Brown was introduced to play a piano solo.

The introductions now over Elvis sang 'And I Love You So'. He interrupted the song halfway through to complain to the sound engineer saying "I can't tell if I'm singing 'Jambalaya' and a crawfish pie or filley gumbo". At one point he started to sing 'For The Heart'. He took a copy of the words from Charlie, held it up to the audience then said "You're crazy if you think I can remember all those words".

Also during the show he received a pair of fancy sunglasses which he tried on. Elvis was very serious though when he did 'How Great Thou Art'. 'Love Me Tender' delighted the girls preceded by a rousing 'Let Me Be There'. One of the highlights from this concert was Elvis' version of 'America'. The spotlight focussed on his head and shoulders added extra effect especially with the dark background.

A short version of the rocker 'Burning Love' brought forth more screams. In Elvis The Movie you will see Kurt Russel do an almost identical performance to Elvis'. Before singing 'Heartbreak Hotel' he teased the fans. Another early hit, the one and only 'Hound Dog', began. 'Tryin' To Get To You' had Elvis singing his heart out.

During many of the slow songs Elvis would stride across the stage as he did in the film On Tour. 'Mystery Train'/'Tiger Man' and 'All Shook Up' were next. A good version of 'Hawaiian Wedding Song' and 'Can't Help Falling In Love' closed the show.

Elvis had been on-stage for about one hour twenty minutes proving without a doubt that he was the world's greatest ever entertainer. The King.


March 18 1976 (Thursday)
Freedom Hall Civic Center, Johnson City, Tennessee

       

March 19 1976 (Friday)
Freedom Hall Civic Center, Johnson City, Tennessee

       

March 20 1976 (Saturday - Afternoon Show)
Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina

       

March 20 1976 (Saturday - Evening Show)
Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina
Also Sprach Zarathustra
      Running For President°
Amen       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
Love Me       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
Let Me Be There       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
You Gave Me A Mountain       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
Steamroller Blues       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
All Shook Up       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       Running For President° ('Don't Be Cruel' not listed)+Springtime Tours
'76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
Hound Dog       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
Heartbreak Hotel       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
~A Legendary Performer Volume 7°° (binaural)
Polk Salad Annie       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
Introductions / Band solos
      Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
_Drum solo (Larrie Londin)       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
_Piano solo (Shane Keister)       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
Introductions       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       (not recorded on Soundboard)
And I Love You So       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
Hurt       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
~A Legendary Performer Volume 7°° (binaural)
Burning Love       Running For President°~Charleston Rocks (Memory)°+Springtime Tours
'76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)~A Legendary Performer Volume 6°° (binaural)
America       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
Funny How Time Slips Away       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
Fairytale       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
How Great Thou Art       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
Can't Help Falling In Love       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
Closing Vamp       Running For President°+Springtime Tours '76-'77 CD2°° (binaural)
Closing Announcement       Running For President°

Tape Logs
 
Soundboard Recording
March 20 1976 (Evening Show)
March 20 1976 (Evening Show) - Soundboard
 


March 21 1976 (Sunday - Afternoon Show)
Riverside Coliseum, Cincinatti, Ohio

       

March 21 1976 (Sunday - Evening Show)
Riverside Coliseum, Cincinatti, Ohio
Also Sprach Zarathustra
      Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
C. C. Rider       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
I Got A Woman / Amen       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
Love Me       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
Let Me Be There       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
~Movin' Mobile°° (binaural)
Love Me Tender       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
Steamroller Blues       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
All Shook Up       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
You Gave Me A Mountain
      Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
Polk Salad Annie       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
Introductions / Band solos       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
_Drum solo (Larrie Londin)       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
_Piano solo (Shane Keister)       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
Introductions       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
And I Love You So       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
~A Legendary Performer Volume 5°° (binaural)
Hurt       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
Hurt (Full reprise)       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
Emergency Announcement by Elvis       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
Burning Love       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
America       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
Hound Dog       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
Funny How Time Slips Away       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
Can't Help Falling In Love       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
Closing Vamp       Holding Back The Years°+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)
Closing Announcements       Holding Back The Years° (Edited)+A New Kind Of Rhythm°° (binaural)

Review

March 21 1976 (Evening Show) - Cincinnati, Ohio
Review by Geoffrey McDonnell - Elvis Monthly, Issue 431 (November 1995)

Taken in the context of 1976 and remembering that a 1976 show from Elvis meant more, greeting the fans, rather than a hard edged show - the first tour of 1976 was indeed a good one with Elvis up for a burst of Bicentennial pride. So although the Cincinnati show shows Elvis 'more static' on stage than before, his voice was very good for this first 1976 tour and especially for this Cincinnati evening show. Whether you watch the show (it's been around for years on video) or just listen, there's no doubting Elvis' fantastic voice throughout this show. Elvis voice is rich, very strong and powerful Although Elvis had 'ripped through the A/S, having to change pants from the White sleeved Bi-centennial to the first Pontiac suit the Rainfall during the afternoon show (and mentions this fact during the evening show), wearing the one suit Rainfall, (rare in photos, and one of my favourite suits), Elvis puts on a great show.

Track listing for Elvis' Cincinnati, March 21 1976 evening show:

'2001' Theme: 'C.C.Rider'; 'I Got A Woman': 'Love Me' (false start); 'Let Me Be There'; 'Love Me Tender'; 'Steamroller Blues': 'All Shook Up': 'Teddy Bear'/'Don't Be Cruel': 'You 'Gave Me A Mountain'; 'Polk Salad Annie': Introductions; 'What'd I Say'; Lengthy band solos; 'School Day'; 'And I Love You So' (false start): 'Hurt': 'Hurt'; Announcement; 'Burning Love'; 'America'; 'Hound Dog': 'Funny How Time Slips Away'; Dialogue; 'Can't Help Falling In Love'/ Closing Vamp. Running time 56 minutes.

This show is the third from the "Diamond Anniversary Editions" (DAE 3595-3) with full colour, fold out cover, featuring eight excellent photos from the concert, full details once again are included of the musicians, back-up vocalists and sound engineers, etc. Digitally remastered from the Master-tape 21.3.76 E/S - which here, makes the 'new' band line-up (for this tour only) sound even better than the audience heard it, and they're playing "Hot' . fair dinkum! Great sound, nice one Bruce!

Straight away Elvis opens, full of energy, in incredible voice for 'C.C.Rider' sung very strongly as Elvis is really "up" for this show, Elvis then continues enthusiastically for 'I Got A Woman'/'Amen', leading into greeting the crowds with 'Love Me' and a "joyful" 'Let Me Be There'. The show continues with a haunting version of 'Love Me Tender' echoing around the 17,000 seater Riverfront Coliseum (better appreciated on the audience recording). Another concert highlight is next performed, a smouldering version of 'Steamroller Blues', 'All Shook Up', runs a bit faster into smooth versions of 'Teddy Bear'/'Don't Be Cruel'. Next we're into a real show highlight and if you weren't awake then you would be now as Larrie Londin's drumming beats through a powerful version of 'You Gave Me A Mountain' - which although Elvis 'jokes' with the lyrics "Blamed for the loss of an eye," and laughs with his 'own' mountain Larrie Londin - it's a moving version.

'Polk Salad Annie' is performed next with a heavy rock sounding version on guitars and thundering drumming throughout. Elvis DOES move a bit here as, at the climax of the song, he gives one high karate kick - which is very interesting to see on video (shot from stage left), you can clearly see a camera flash go off during this karate kick, which gives us the great 'action' picture you can see on the front cover of Elvis Monthly No.280!

For this first 1976 tour, introductions came during the middle of the show and include lengthy solos from the 'newer' band members. After a verse of 'School Day' Elvis continues with a sincere and convincing version of 'And I Love You So' (after a false start). Next Elvis sings his "new" record - 'Hurt', then repeats it a second time - with even more feeling, in a very moving/persuasive voice! Following this Elvis does a P.A. announcement for the benefit of a fan in section 116 of the Coliseum. 'Burning Love' then starts straight away and it's a lively version once again, driven along well by Larrie Londin's drumming. As it's the Bi-Centennial year, Elvis performs a stirring version of 'America' (going up higher at the end). Then an interesting beat 'Hound Dog' leads into 'Funny How Time Slips Away', which receives a good ending from Elvis and J.D.Sumner's 'off the keyboard voice'. Elvis then mentions to his audience that they had been fantastic in Cincinnati and says if they ask for him he'll come back - which he did on June 25 1977!

Then Elvis closes this, above average, show with 'Can't Help Falling In Love'.

My memory of this show?.... That incredible voice. Elvis voice was so rich and strong during this show (standing out from audience recorded audio/videos) like a rich cake and a strong steamroller combined!

This show is also a fine tribute to the memory of drummer, Larrie Londin. For "trivia" fans, the woman who wants a kiss or she'll die, before 'Funny How Time Slips Away', is again back at the Largo June 27 1976 evening show and during 'Love Me Tender', presents Elvis with a huge card - on it saying Remember Cincinnati? "One kiss or I'll just die!" On the downside, Elvis can't remember the lyrics at the start of 'And I Love You So', and 'Burning Love' looking in the photos as if he'd had too many "pub" lunches, which has me 'holding back the tears' listening to this CD on August 16 1995! However his voice is both clear and strong throughout, enjoying himself 'on stage with the excellent backing band supporting him, which he acknowledges at the end of the show. From 1976 already, we've had the poor Hampton Roads August 1 1976 afternoon show, the average Tuscaloosa 30.8.76 show (Kathy Westmoreland Tribute) and NOW this above average Cincinnati March 21 1976 evening show (to this very large audience). Therefore I'm now looking forward to an excellent show from 1976, i.e. October 1976, but they haven't been released yet!

Unfortunately, after the worldwide "crackdown" in July '95, on the Korean Baxter Diamond mine, and those Kansas City salt mines under threat of closure, with Bootleg CD distribution seriously affected (of any artist), we're left in the RCA/BMG soup kitchen again longing to Hold Back The Years...again and again after enjoying the DAE 3595-3 show in "perfect sound" which wouldn't be so bad - if ONLY RCA/BMG would take 'other' examples to continue on from The Alternate Aloha and Live In Dallas releases. We have recently heard from Ernst Jorgensen in The Man & His Music No.27, that there is no policy against live material if the sound is acceptable and Elvis sounds good (such as the Cincinnati March 21 1976 evening show). I'm sure that if RCA/BMG asked if enough fans are interested in this material they would find plenty saying 'there's always me'...who would prefer to pay RCA/BMG for such releases, then we many thousand of fans worldwide wouldn't find ourselves "Moody Blue & other great feelings" - left "Strung Out" after having binged on such quality CD 'live' releases over the last few years! Meanwhile until RCA/BMG can pull rabbits out of the hat 'For the good times' once again, 'Old times they are NOT forgotten!'


March 22 1976 (Monday)
Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri
Also Sprach Zarathustra
      St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD1 (FTD)°
C. C. Rider       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD1 (FTD)°
I Got A Woman / Amen       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD1 (FTD)°
Love Me       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD1 (FTD)°
Let Me Be There       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD1 (FTD)°
You Gave Me A Mountain       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD1 (FTD)°
Steamroller Blues       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD1 (FTD)°
All Shook Up       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD1 (FTD)°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD1 (FTD)°
Heartbreak Hotel       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD1 (FTD)°
Love Me Tender       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD1 (FTD)°
Polk Salad Annie       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD1 (FTD)°
Introductions / Band solo's       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD1 (FTD)° (incomplete)
And I Love You So       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD1 (FTD)°
Hurt       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD1 (FTD)°
Hound Dog       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD1 (FTD)°
America       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD1 (FTD)°
Funny How Time Slips Away       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD1 (FTD)°
Can't Help Falling In Love       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD1 (FTD)°
Closing Vamp       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD1 (FTD)°

Review

March 22 1976 - St. Louis, Missouri
Review by Harper Barnes - Rolling Stone, Issue 213 (May 20 1976)

These days, Elvis Presley wraps himself in the power of other people. There are ten backup singers, including a female high-note specialist and a male low-note specialist; three guitar players, including the brilliant James Burton; a bassist; a pianist on a miked grand; two drummers; an immense horn section; and god knows what else hidden in the tangle of arms and legs.

In St. Louis, where he ended a four-city mini tour that had touched Johnson City, Tennessee, Charlotte and Cincinnati, the whole human calliope was going full boil virtually all the time, embracing Elvis in a dense helix of sound. And the rock they play now is harder and louder than it used to be, a lot closer to Capricorn Records than to Sun.

Elvis seems weak, perhaps justifiably so after a prolonged battle with overweight, a battle he has only partially won and problems with his innards that sent him to the hospital. His set lasted barely fifty minutes, he loafed even more than usual and there were none of the karate chops and leaps of a few years ago.

But the fire burned through from time to time, and besides, it was Elvis Presley. You go to see him as much out of reverence for the past as from expectation for the immediate future. The auditorium, which seats 10,500, had been sold out for weeks. A crippled girl had been unable to get tickets and all she cared about in the world is Elvis Presley. There was a story in the paper and as if by magic a St. Louis massage parlour came up with a couple of ducats right up near the front for the little lady and her friend who pushes the wheelchair. There was a story about that in the paper too.

A creepy Las Vegas comedian named Jackie Kahane, who must be blackmailing Elvis or maybe is his brother-in-law told some prune juice jokes. Then it was time once again for the humble strains of 2001 (Thus Spake Zarathustra), and the rock 'n' roll obelisk named Elvis Presley hove into view. No cape this time, just basic gold-spangled black pants and vest over a ruffled and daringly low-cut baby-blue shirt.

He began with a fast 'C.C. Rider' and then really ripped into 'I Got A Woman', which became briefly entangled with 'Amen', but soon emerged unscathed. The Instamatic's were present in approximately one-to-one ratio with the bouffant hairdos and for a while the flash cubes were going off so rapidly it looked like high noon. That must have confused Elvis because, after long applause and a general rush of femininity toward the stage -- the audience was at least two-thirds women, including many mother-and-daughter combos -- he said, "I hope we have a good time this afternoon." It was about 10 P.M.

With the teasing elegance of a stripper in a room full of neck fetishists, Elvis removed and tossed into the audience two or three dozen scarves in the course of the evening, as has become his custom. If you didn't catch one, you could buy them in the lobby at five dollars apiece.

With a couple of exceptions, the remainder of the show. which seemed to be over in a blink, was devoted to a recitation of the classics. It was done quickly and perfunctorily -- with a couple of exceptions - and Elvis leaned on the band for support much of the way. There was 'Don't Be Cruel', 'Heartbreak Hotel', 'Love Me Tender' -- lots of squeals and camera flashes on that one -- 'Polk Salad Annie', 'Hound Dog'. Elvis sort of mumbled his way through the last, but when he was through singing, Burton took off on a glass-etching run of high notes. Elvis twitched his ass to the beat and the crowd went bonkers.

He closed with 'Funny How Time Slips Away' -- yes, isn't it -- and 'Can't Help Falling In Love'. The crowd at the apron of the stage by then consisted of maybe 300 people jammed together, with the ones closest to Elvis reaching up desperately to touch the hem of his garment. As the last note decayed into the vast dome of the ceiling, Elvis turned on his heel and strode into the wings, followed by four or five bodyguards. The crush of women below the front of the stage squealed and waved Elvis goodbye and above the fluttering fingers, held tightly in a strong right hand, swayed a crutch.


On Tour, April 21 - April 27 1976
Musicians
Lead Guitar: James Burton
Rhythm Guitar: John Wilkinson
Bass: Jerry Scheff
Piano: Tony Brown
Electric Piano: David Briggs
Drums: Ronnie Tutt
Acoustic Guitar: Charlie Hodge
Orchestra: Marty Harrell & The Joe Guercio Orchestra
Comedian: Jackie Kahane
Warm-Up Act: The Sweet Inspirations
High Voice Singer: Kathy Westmoreland
Backup Vocals: The Sweet Inspirations; JD Sumner & The Stamps; Sherrill Nielsen

April 21 1976 (Wednesday)
Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri
Recorded on Soundboard
       

April 22 1976 (Thursday)
City Auditorium Arena, Omaha, Nebraska
I Got A Woman / Amen
      America (FTD)°
Love Me       America (FTD)°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       America (FTD)°
You Gave Me A Mountain       America (FTD)°
Tryin' To To Get To You       America (FTD)°
All Shook Up       America (FTD)°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       America (FTD)°
Heartbreak Hotel       America (FTD)°
America       America (FTD)°
Polk Salad Annie       America (FTD)°
Introductions / Band solos       America (FTD)°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       America (FTD)°
_Drum solo (Larrie Londin)       America (FTD)°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       America (FTD)°
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       America (FTD)°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       America (FTD)°
Introductions       America (FTD)°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       America (FTD)°
Hurt       America (FTD)°
Hound Dog       America (FTD)°
Help Me       America (FTD)°
How Great Thou Art       America (FTD)°
Little Darlin'       America (FTD)°
It's Now Or Never       America (FTD)°
Funny How Time Slips Away       America (FTD)°
Can't Help Falling In Love       America (FTD)°

April 23 1976 (Friday)
McNichols Arena, Denver, Colorado
Recorded on Soundboard
       

April 24 1976 (Saturday)
Sports Arena, San Diego, California
Recorded on Soundboard
       

April 25 1976 (Sunday - Afternoon Show)
Arena, Long Beach, California

       

April 25 1976 (Sunday - Evening Show)
Arena, Long Beach, California

       

April 26 1976 (Monday)
Coliseum, Seattle, Washington
Recorded on Soundboard
       

April 27 1976 (Tuesday)
Coliseum, Spokane, Washington
Also Sprach Zarathustra
      St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°~America (FTD)°
C. C. Rider       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°~America (FTD)°
I Got A Woman / Amen
      St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
Love Me       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
You Gave Me A Mountain       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
All Shook Up       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
Tryin' To To Get To You       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
America       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
Polk Salad Annie       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
Introductions / Band solo's       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
_What'd I Say (Guitar Solo - James Burton)       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
_Drum Solo (Larrie Londin)       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
_Blues (Bass Solo - Jerry Scheff)       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
_Two Miles Pike (Piano Solo - Tony Brown)       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
_Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs)       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
Introductions       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
My Way       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°~America (FTD)°
Burning Love       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°~America (FTD)°
Hurt       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
Funny How Time Slips Away       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
How Great Thou Art       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
Hound Dog       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
Can't Help Falling In Love       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°
Closing Vamp       St. Louis & Spokane - March / April 1976 CD2 (FTD)°

Lake Tahoe, April 30 - May 9 1976
Musicians
Lead Guitar: James Burton
Rhythm Guitar: John Wilkinson
Bass: Jerry Scheff
Piano: Tony Brown
Electric Piano: David Briggs
Drums: Ronnie Tutt
Acoustic Guitar: Charlie Hodge
Orchestra: Joe Guercio & The Al Tronti Orchestra
Comedian: Jackie Kahane
Warm-Up Act: The Sweet Inspirations
High Voice Singer: Kathy Westmoreland
Backup Vocals: The Sweet Inspirations; JD Sumner & The Stamps; Sherrill Nielsen

Review

April 30 - May 9 1976, Lake Tahoe
Review by Norman Duncan - Elvis Monthly, Issue 430 (October 1995)

This was to be Elvis' fifth appearance at Lake Tahoe since 1971, and once again it was during May, three days after completing a seven-day by eight show tour at Spokane. The Elvis Presley show opened in the high Sierra Room for a fifteen show engagement. The usual line-up of musicians and vocalists and again accompanied by the Al Tronti Orchestra.

The show times were different from past times, there were two shows on weekend days only (Sat/Sun), with weekdays, one show only each night at 10pm. There were no dinner shows, they were all now cocktail shows.

April 30 - Opening Show
'2001' Theme; 'C.C.Rider'; 'I Got A Woman'/'Amen'; 'Love Me': 'If You Love Me (Let Me Know)'; 'You Gave Me A Mountain'; 'All Shook Up': 'Teddy Bear'/'Don't Be Cruel'; 'Tryin' To Get To You'; 'Polk Salad Annie'; Intro's of band: 'America'; 'Hurt'; 'Burning Love'; 'How Great Thou Art'; 'Funny How Time Slips Away'; 'Hound Dog'; 'Can't Help Falling In Love': Closing Theme.

A really good performance overall although a slightly shorter time of around forty-five minutes. Prior to the closing song Elvis explained that he appreciated that they had waited in line a long time to see him, however, only a few hours before appearing, he was informed that he had to do TWO shows tonight, which he thought was strange on opening night, but he had to do it. Basically, the show hadn't changed much since his last appearance but the inclusion of 'America', 'Burning Love' and his latest single 'Hurt', with faultless delivery, made it that bit different.

The weekday shows were all very lively with some powerful vocals by Elvis, and a good selection of material, however, the introductions to the band etc, were taking up a considerable portion of the show time. Elvis allowed the individual band members a 'solo spot', this seemed to bother the fans as, after all, they had come to see Elvis PERFORM and really watch him stand around for up to twenty minutes. OK, it was a tribute to the musicians and their capabilities, however comments were being made that they could have done this at the very beginning prior to Elvis coming on stage, or following Elvis' departure.

May 5 - 10pm Cocktail Show
'2001' Theme; 'C.C.Rider'; 'I Got A Woman'/'Amen'; 'Love Me': 'If You Love Me (Let Me Know)'; 'You Gave Me A Mountain'; 'All Shook Up': 'Teddy Bear'/'Don't Be Cruel'; 'Tryin' To Get To You'; 'Polk Salad Annie'; 'Hound Dog': Intro's to band: 'Love Letters'; 'Hurt'; 'Burning Love'; 'Hawaiian Wedding Song'; 'How Great Thou Art': 'It's Now Or Never'; 'Can't Help Falling In Love'; Closing Theme.

The introductions of the band extended to around twenty minutes in this case. However, in fairness to Elvis, he did vocalise with the artist's solo performance with 'Early Mornin' Rain', 'What'd I Say', 'Johnny B. Goode' and 'School Day'.

As the shows continued he was even allowing the Backing Vocalists to have a "solo spot" in the show. As each show moved on they were getting a helluva lot longer as he was also taking and singing requests from the audience as they were called out to him. The finest example of this has to be the closing night's closing performance that lasted in the region of two hours!

May 9 - 10pm Closing Show
'2001' Theme; 'C.C.Rider'; 'I Got A Woman'/'Amen'; 'Love Me'; 'If You Love Me (Let Me Know)'; 'You Gave Me A Mountain'; 'All Shook Up': 'Teddy Bear'/'Don't Be Cruel'; 'Blue Suede Shoes'; 'Return To Sender'; 'Heartbreak Hotel'; 'Hawaiian Wedding Song': 'America'; 'Polk Salad Annie'; Intro's of the band including 'Early Mornin' Rain'; 'What'd I Say'; 'Johnny B. Goode'; 'Love Letters'; 'School Day': 'Wooden Heart'; 'Young and Beautiful'; 'That's All Right'; 'Blue Christmas': 'Hurt' - which he sung twice; 'Hound Dog': 'Happy Birthday' - to them all; 'Love Me Tender'; 'Burning Love'; 'Help Me'; 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face'; 'Jailhouse Rock'; 'One Night'; 'How Great Thou Art'; 'Can't Help Falling In Love'; Closing theme.

This show had a great party atmosphere with the band solos taking up a fair portion of the show, fun time, as Elvis sang 'Happy Birthday' to the audience and fooled around with the 'Mickey Mouse March'. He allowed Kathy Westmoreland a solo spot with My Heavenly Father and Sherrill Nielsen solos with 'Danny Boy' and 'Funny How Time Slips Away'. Many rare performances were also of note with 'Return To Sender', 'Wooden Heart' and 'Young and Beautiful', with a few "one liners" heard, 'When The Saints Go Marching In' and 'For The Heart', over two hours long and certainly a show to remember.

This, unfortunately, was the last time Elvis was to appear at this venue as no offers to have him back were ever made. Fifteen shows that had management tearing their hair out as over 30,000 fans descended on the hotel, over the period, demanding more and more of Elvis each night. Himself, either reluctant to let go' each night, or in an attempt to satisfy every last fan, run these show to suit himself despite a contract for fifty minutes each night. There were many rare renditions of songs sung over this period that the fans of today would really like to hear, over and above the ones listed, 'It's Now Or Never', 'The Wonder Of You', 'Steamroller Blues', 'Little Darlin', 'Help Me Make It Through The Night', among many.

Was any official recording taking place, of this last engagement, that we have heard nothing of?
Were sound desk recordings made for reference?
Did any official filming or videoing take place?

The Official Recording of Elvis shows took place, on many occasions, on the other side of Nevada at Las Vegas, which we have heard some of over the years, therefore, is it possible they exist from this venue?

Official recordings took place at many venues, while Elvis was on tour, over the years, some of which have seen release, so why not Lake Tahoe? Are there official or unofficial recordings lurking in vaults or salt mines waiting to be discovered?

Elvis had five engagements at this venue, with a total of no less than ninety-eight performances in the High Sierra Room, every show being packed to capacity, with at least 1,700 fans, over the years, from 1971 to 1976. With the Showroom being smaller than the Las Vegas one, this allowed a more intimate contact, with the audiences, being developed by Elvis. It was much easier for fans to call out requests and for Elvis to hear these and, as we have seen, respond with what, are now, very rare versions of songs. FROM THE MASTERTAPES series management, can we expect to see the release of at least some of these shows from over the years, they are all good and the venue was excellent for recording in.

Over to the fans now who attended these shows and should be able to respond with their memories, especially those from Stateside.


April 30 1976 (Friday - Opening Show)
High Sierra Room, Sahara Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
         

April 30 1976 (Friday - Midnight Show)
High Sierra Room, Sahara Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
         

May 1 1976 (Saturday - Dinner Show)
High Sierra Room, Sahara Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
         

May 1 1976 (Saturday - Midnight Show)
High Sierra Room, Sahara Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
         

May 2 1976 (Sunday - 10.00pm Show)
High Sierra Room, Sahara Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
         

May 3 1976 (Monday - 10.00pm Show)
High Sierra Room, Sahara Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
         

May 4 1976 (Tuesday - 10.00pm Show)
High Sierra Room, Sahara Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
         

May 5 1976 (Wednesday - 10.00pm Show)
High Sierra Room, Sahara Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
         

May 6 1976 (Thursday - 10.00pm Show)
High Sierra Room, Sahara Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
         

May 7 1976 (Friday - Dinner Show)
High Sierra Room, Sahara Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
         

May 7 1976 (Friday - Midnight Show)
High Sierra Room, Sahara Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
         

May 8 1976 (Saturday - Dinner Show)
High Sierra Room, Sahara Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
         

May 8 1976 (Saturday - Midnight Show)
High Sierra Room, Sahara Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
         

May 9 1976 (Sunday - 10.00pm Closing Show)
High Sierra Room, Sahara Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
         

On Tour, May 27 - June 6 1976
Musicians
Lead Guitar: James Burton
Rhythm Guitar: John Wilkinson
Bass: Jerry Scheff
Piano: Tony Brown
Electric Piano: David Briggs
Drums: Ronnie Tutt
Acoustic Guitar: Charlie Hodge
Orchestra: Joe Guercio & The Joe Guercio Orchestra
Comedian: Jackie Kahane
Warm-Up Act: The Sweet Inspirations
High Voice Singer: Kathy Westmoreland
Backup Vocals: The Sweet Inspirations; JD Sumner & The Stamps; Sherrill Nielsen

May 27 1976 (Thursday)
Athletic Center, Bloomington, Indiana
         

May 28 1976 (Friday)
James W Hilton Coliseum, University Of Iowa, Ames, Iowa
         

May 29 1976 (Saturday)
Myriad Convebtion Center Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
         

Review

May 29 1976 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Review by Judy Hawthorne - Strictly Elvis Generation, Issue 12 (March/April 1977)

Oklahoma is "famous" for its wild and unpredictable spring weather, and when they dubbed our state "tornado alley," they weren't kidding! On Saturday morning, May 29, 1976, we started our 120 mile drive to Oklahoma City. The sun was out, the wind light, but far to the west we could see those familiar storm clouds gathering. By six o'clock that evening we pretty well knew it was going to be one of those nights.

The Myriad was crawling with people long before the doors opened to allow us into the room we would soon be sharing with the King of Rock and Roll. All types of souvenirs were being sold: scarves, posters, picture-programs, a small photo button, and a brand new six-inch button that had never been offered to fans before.

At 9:35 P.M., after sitting restlessly through fine performances by the Stamps, Jackie Kahane and the Sweet Inspirations, the building began to shake and rumble, not from the storm outside, but from the haunting strains of '2001'. From out of the darkness, amid the shrieks and flashing light, the "Tennessee Tornado" exploded on stage before our eyes. Dressed in a beautiful baby blue jump-suit that was decorated with red, blue and gold sequins across his chest and down his legs, Elvis took control. His outfit was topped off with a white satin shirt with bell sleeves, and a belt that had the Presidential Seal imprinted all over it. The diamond cross was around his neck, as was a small string of beads.

Grabbing a brown and black guitar, Elvis launched the show with 'C.C. Rider', 'I Got A Woman' and 'Amen', asking the audience to sing along on the latter. The golden music poured from the stage like honey. 'If You Love Me (Let Me Know)' seemed more of a question rather than a song, and the more than 15,000 fans screamed back the answer. As the minutes ticked by, so did the songs. 'You Gave Me a Mountain', 'Fever', 'Early Mornin' Rain'. He destroyed any resistance we might have had with 'Polk Salad Annie' and 'Burning Love'. 'How Great Thou Art' was a masterpiece.

Elvis took us back to the good old days with a medley of 'All Shook Up'-'Teddy Bear'-'Don't Be Cruel' and almost outdid himself with a spirited 'Jailhouse Rock'. The biggest surprise of the evening had to be 'Love Letters', with Elvis' voice never sounding so tender and full. Although the old rockers received a tremendous ovation from the fans, none of them touched the response for 'Hurt'. After singing it through once, Elvis said, "Want to hear it again?" You can imagine the answer he got, and the second rendition was even better than the first.

At one point, Elvis decided to set the record straight concerning his marital status. "Not long ago a 42-year-old chick and I were supposed to get married in Alabama," he chuckled, "I guess she's still waiting at the chapel. It wasn't true. It was just a rumour, that's all." Thousands of female hearts were set at ease. Elvis said "You're a beautiful audience" several times during the show and said "Anytime you want us to come back, just let us know and we'll be back." Where do I send my letters?

Elvis was on stage for an hour and twenty minutes, giving us his very best both in sight and sound. It's too bad the whole thing had to be marred by the fans themselves. From the moment Elvis hit the spotlight, the place was like a zoo. I've never seen such a lack of consideration for others. People were standing in their seats almost the entire length of the show, keeping the fans behind them from seeing Elvis. Even when the police tried to make them sit down they refused. C'mon folks, $12.75 is a lot to pay for a ticket, and nobody wants to spend it just to look at someone's backside!

Before the concert, I had decided not to comment on Elvis' physical appearance. I want him healthy, but I don't expect him to have the same measurements he had twenty years ago, either. What a pleasant surprise it was when Elvis appeared looking much slimmer that the last time I saw him. There was almost no sign of excess weight. He danced, wiggled, threw karate chops right and left, among other things. He seemed a bit tired, but who wouldn't be with his kind of schedule? All things considered, Elvis looked super!

As the last notes of 'Can't Help Falling In Love' faded away, Elvis waved and saluted the audience for several minutes. Suddenly, just like one of our spring "twisters", Elvis vanished into the darkness from which he had come. As we left the arena, we found the streets wet and the sky cracked with lightning and thunder...... Perfect tornado weather.


May 30 1976 (Sunday - Afternoon Show)
Ector County Coliseum, Odessa, Texas
C. C. Rider       Tucson '76 (FTD)°+Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°

May 30 1976 (Sunday - Evening Show)
Ector County Coliseum, Odessa, Texas
I Got Woman / Amen
      Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
Love Me       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
You Gave Me A Mountain       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
All Shook Up       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
Heartbreak Hotel       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
Jailhouse Rock       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
Blue Suede Shoes       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
Fever       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
Introductions / Band solos       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)     Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
Love Letters       Tucson '76 (FTD)°+Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
Introductions       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
Hurt       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
Hound Dog       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
Funny How Time Slips Away       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
Help Me Make It Through The Night       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
It's Now Or Never       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°
Can't Help Falling In Love       Elvis In West Texas (FTD)°

May 31 1976 (Monday)
Municipal Auditorium, Lubbock, Texas
         

June 1 1976 (Tuesday)
Community Center Arena, Tucson, Arizona
I Got A Woman / Amen
      Tucson '76 (FTD)°
Love Me       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
You Gave Me A Mountain       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
_(i line) / All Shook Up        
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
And I Love You So       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
Jailhouse Rock       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
Help Me       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
Fever       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
Polk Salad Annie       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
Introductions / Band solos
      Tucson '76 (FTD)°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)   Tucson '76 (FTD)°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
_Love Letters       Unreleased
Introductions       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
Hurt       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
Burning Love       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
Help Me Make It Through The Night       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
Danny Boy       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
Hound Dog       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
Funny How Time Slips Away       Tucson '76 (FTD)°
Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp       Tucson '76 (FTD)°

June 2 1976 (Wednesday)
Grand Hall Civic Center, El Paso, Texas
Also Sprach Zarathustra
      El Goes El Paso°
C. C. Rider       El Goes El Paso°
I Got A Woman / Amen       El Goes El Paso°
Love Me       El Goes El Paso°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       El Goes El Paso°
You Gave Me A Mountain       El Goes El Paso°
All Shook Up       El Goes El Paso°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       El Goes El Paso°
Help Me       El Goes El Paso°
Fever       El Goes El Paso°
Jailhouse Rock       El Goes El Paso°
And I Love You So       El Goes El Paso°
Polk Salad Annie       El Goes El Paso°
Introductions / Band solos
      El Goes El Paso°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)   El Goes El Paso°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       El Goes El Paso°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       El Goes El Paso°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       El Goes El Paso°
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       El Goes El Paso°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       El Goes El Paso°
_Love Letters       El Goes El Paso°
Introductions       El Goes El Paso°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       El Goes El Paso°
Hurt       El Goes El Paso°
Hurt (reprise)       El Goes El Paso°
Hound Dog       El Goes El Paso°
Funny How Time Slips Away       El Goes El Paso°
Can't Help Falling In Love       El Goes El Paso°
Closing Vamp / Announcements       El Goes El Paso°

Tape Logs
 
Soundboard Recording
June 2 1976
June 2 1976 - Soundboard
 


June 3 1976 (Thursday)
Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas
Opening Theme / Love Me Tender (Instrumental)
_(Joe Guercio & The Hot Hilton Horns)
    Holding Down The Fort CD1°
Your First Day In Heaven (JD Sumner & The Stamps)   Holding Down The Fort CD1°
You'll Never Walk Alone (JD Sumner & The Stamps)     Holding Down The Fort CD1°
Operator (JD Sumner & The Stamps)       Holding Down The Fort CD1°
When The Saints Go Marching In (JD Sumner & The Stamps) Holding Down The Fort CD1°
Philadelphia Freedom (The Sweet Inspirations)     Holding Down The Fort CD1°
Lady Marmalade (The Sweet Inspirations)       Holding Down The Fort CD1°
Introduction Of Musicians       Holding Down The Fort CD1°
Stevie Wonder Medley (The Sweet Inspirations)     Holding Down The Fort CD1°
_Stevie Is A Wonder       Holding Down The Fort CD1°
_For Once In My Life       Holding Down The Fort CD1°
_You Got It Bad Girl       Holding Down The Fort CD1°
_Superstition       Holding Down The Fort CD1°
_You Are The Sunshine Of My Life       Holding Down The Fort CD1°
_Living For The City       Holding Down The Fort CD1°
_All In Love Is Fair       Holding Down The Fort CD1°
_Higher Ground       Holding Down The Fort CD1°
Announcements       Holding Down The Fort CD1°
         
Also Sprach Zarathustra
      Holding Down The Fort CD2°~Cajun Tornado CD2°
C. C. Rider       Holding Down The Fort CD2°~Cajun Tornado CD2°
I Got A Woman / Amen       Holding Down The Fort CD2°~Cajun Tornado CD2°
Love Me       Holding Down The Fort CD2°~Cajun Tornado CD2°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       Holding Down The Fort CD2°
You Gave Me A Mountain       Holding Down The Fort CD2°
All Shook Up       Holding Down The Fort CD2°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       Holding Down The Fort CD2°
Heartbreak Hotel       Holding Down The Fort CD2°
Help Me
      Holding Down The Fort CD2°
Jailhouse Rock       Holding Down The Fort CD2° (incomplete)
Fever       Holding Down The Fort CD2°~Cajun Tornado CD1°
Polk Salad Annie       Holding Down The Fort CD2°~Cajun Tornado CD1°
Introductions / Band solos       Holding Down The Fort CD2°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)     Holding Down The Fort CD2°~Cajun Tornado CD1°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       Holding Down The Fort CD2°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     Holding Down The Fort CD2°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       Holding Down The Fort CD2°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       Holding Down The Fort CD2°
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       Holding Down The Fort CD2°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Holding Down The Fort CD2°
_Love Letters       Holding Down The Fort CD2°~Cajun Tornado CD1°
Introductions       Holding Down The Fort CD2°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       Holding Down The Fort CD2°
Happy Birthday (to Bruce Jackson)       Holding Down The Fort CD2°~Cajun Tornado CD1°
Hurt       Holding Down The Fort CD2°~Cajun Tornado CD1°
Hurt (reprise)       Holding Down The Fort CD2°~Cajun Tornado CD1°
Hound Dog       Holding Down The Fort CD2° (incomplete)

June 4 1976 (Friday)
Omni, Atlanta, Georgia
         

June 5 1976 (Saturday)
Omni, Atlanta, Georgia
         

June 6 1976 (Sunday - Afternoon Show)
Omni, Atlanta, Georgia
         

On Tour, June 25 - July 5 1976
Musicians
Lead Guitar: James Burton
Rhythm Guitar: John Wilkinson
Bass: Jerry Scheff
Piano: Tony Brown
Electric Piano: David Briggs
Drums: Ronnie Tutt
Acoustic Guitar: Charlie Hodge
Orchestra: Joe Guercio & The Joe Guercio Orchestra
Comedian: Jackie Kahane
Warm-Up Act: The Sweet Inspirations
High Voice Singer: Kathy Westmoreland
Backup Vocals: The Sweet Inspirations; JD Sumner & The Stamps; Sherrill Nielsen

June 25 1976 (Friday)
Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York
         

Review

June 25 1976 - Buffalo, New York
Review by Nadine Rightmyer - Elvis News Service Weekly, Issue 258-59 (July 10 1976)

After seeing Elvis in person on June 25th in Buffalo, NY, I'll never be the same again. I was very fortunate at this concert and had the extreme pleasure of seeing Elvis up close. After seeing him so close and hearing him perform several of my very favourite songs with his better than ever voice in person - my desire to see him again is tremendous.

I met several of "Elvis' boys" at the Hilton Hotel in Buffalo for my first time, before and after the show. They are so nice and friendly. When I talked with James Burton and got his autograph, I just had to ask him, "doesn't the loud music make you deaf?" he leaned over close to me and said, "what?"

I can't help but say Elvis has passed the state of being gorgeous. His looks simply devastated me seeing him up that close! He was in a beautiful mood, seemed so happy and really enjoyed everything he did. His beautiful hair is long and such a deep black. He has just a little tummy, otherwise he's in terrific shape.

Elvis no sooner arrived onstage and began singing when some girl came running right at him. She threw her arms around him and kissed him. This time a girl had him "All Shook Up" and he broke out laughing. When he sang 'Amen' he asked the audience to "sing it with me" needless to say, almost every person in the place immediately began singing 'Amen' and were also clapping their hands enthusiastically. He said, "I get very nervous on opening night, really." The music was so loud and with the constant explosion of flashes especially whenever he turned around to the back balcony - all I could think was - Elvis' poor ears and eyes. His beautiful versions of such songs as 'And I Love You So', 'Love Letters', 'Early Mornin' Rain' and 'Polk Salad Annie' and the sexy 'Fever' brought forth a sea of sighs and endless moans and groans.

He did a double leg split slowly going down on one leg and then the other. He prefaced it by looking up at heaven and saying "God help me". Whenever he was holding a glass of water he would tease his fans by pretending he was going to throw it on them. His captivating smile showed he got a big kick out of teasing them. When the houselights came on Elvis said, "Two hundred miles for a birthday kiss-c'mere sweetheart." Elvis asked her what her name was and then he kneeled down and sang 'Happy Birthday' to her. When he kissed her, the girl didn't want Elvis to leave. but he said, no more."

"Hail Hail Rock N Roll" ('School Day') was sung by Elvis during the intros, when he was singing, 'You Gave Me A Mountain' he told his audience, "you're goin' nuts!" A little girl was brought up to the stage and Elvis gave her a sweet little kiss on the cheek. A fan gave him a crazy-coloured hat. So he put it on and walked across the stage to The Sweet Inspirations. one of the Sweets took the hat and put it on. Before giving out one scarf to a fan he wiped his chest on the inside of his jumpsuit with it. Elvis sang every song beautifully but two songs really stood out.

He said, "We have a new record out ladies and gentlemen and we'd like to sing it for you." He belted out 'Hurt' once to a tremendous response and then he asked so cutely "Wanna hear it again?" The crowd sure did, so the super singer burst out with an even stronger version of his new song, 'Hurt'. The second time around he made his voice go up really powerfully at the end. Wow!! His one and only voice sure is a wonder to me!!

Charlie Hodge brought a giant bulletin board that was covered with photos of Elvis up on-stage to Elvis, and Elvis looked it over. Without a doubt my favourite song was the man's sincere version of 'America'. To hear Elvis perform this intensely moving song (very moving because Elvis made it very moving) truly is a touching experience no fan should miss. This song alone, the way he performs the song, speaking part of it the way he does, is enough to keep me in awe of the man for the rest of my life. He has the sensitive ability of knowing just when to pause and what word or phrase to emphasise to get the best possible effect and feeling. I almost cried and during this song found myself saying silently, God bless him and take care of him.

Before that final song Elvis said "I'd like to tell you something, you've been a fantastic audience, when was the last time we were here?" The audience yelled out different numbers. Elvis asked "Two years, three years? three, four year?" Then he said so amusingly, "Do i hear five?" "So any time you want us back, just give us a ring and we'll come back again." (the loudest roar from the audience yet!). when his fans rushed to the stage at the end of the show he tried to calm them down by saying, "Take it easy" and a shout of, "whoa - whoa-whoa,whoa," I was about to go up to Elvis on the right side of the stage. There were no guards and not many people on this side. Which put me in a daze that I could get that close to Elvis with no guards to make me go back. But suddenly about twenty girls rushed at Elvis and a few of them got a hold of Elvis. Immediately a swarm of guards were carrying the girls away. Elvis just pulled himself away from the girls and smiled. Being fortunate enough to experience Elvis up close, got to know him as a person as well as a performer was amazing and fantastic as the guy is, he really is just another human being like you and me. But a very, very special human being that i have a very, very special love for, he was so nice and so friendly with his fans, he is such a nice man.. we love him!!.

 

June 25 1976 - Buffalo, New York
Review by Chris Brown - Elvis News Service Weekly, Issue 260-61 (July 24 1976)

We arrived in Buffalo at 11:30 and after a two hour drive from Toronto, on the day of the concert. When we found the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, we were told that all of the tickets were gone. But, several times during the day we would check at the box office. Talking with some of the security guards, we were told that some tickets were available from the offices upstairs. So we bought tickets for the second row on the right hand side of the stage -- right eye-level with Elvis. These were the best tickets I have ever had for an Elvis concert. They cost $13, but were well worth it. (Some were selling tickets for $50 that were halfway back from the stage.)

The show was to begin at 8:30 but, as often happens, it began ten minutes late. One of the Stamps Quartet acted as MC for the show. (I think it as Ed Hill.) The show opened with the Joe Guercio orchestra and the band playing the Theme from S.W.A.T.

The Stamps Quartet were first on the bill this evening and, believe it or not, Ed Hill says, by way of introduction, "And now ladies and gentlemen, one of the finest gospel quartets in the nation, J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet". So Ed then puts down his mic' and joins the other three as they take the stage. They sang real rockin' gospel songs ---- of which I could understand very few words. As they were performing, J.D. was sitting on the very back of the stage smoking cigarettes and drinking something (?) waiting to make his entrance. J.D. finally enters, proving that he does have a very deep bass voice, but also managing to make a fool of himself in front of nearly 19,000 fans. (The Stamps were quite a disappointment ofter seeing the perform at the Pontiac show.)

When their set was finished, Ed announced the comedian (?). Jackie Kahane! What can I say? The same material for over four years, with NO change. Unbelievable! (I suppose that Elvis and Mr. Kahane do have at least something in common. )

The Sweet Inspirations followed and, as usual, they were the highlight of the opening acts. And then: "IT'S INTERMISSION TIME." This lasted for about fifteen minutes.

Finally, Ed Hill says: "Could we have the houselights down, please!" SCREAM SCREAM. The very exciting '2001' theme begins. Near the end of it, half the audience is on its feet, craning to get the first look at Elvis as he bounds on stage. The drums pound, the band plays the intro music, but Elvis still hold's back for another ten seconds. He's here. He enters the stage from the left side (which is unusual). The crowd was one of the very wildest I have ever seen. They began to flock to the stage, from all sides. (I must say that security was very bad, and that the guards spent most their time watching Elvis.) Elvis walks back and forth acknowledging the audience. Getting his guitar from Charlie, Elvis walks up to the microphone, and pulls it over to him. Leaning over into the mic', he belts out 'C.C. Rider'. Elvis was on! (The very first number can usually tell you what kind of show you're going to see. 'C.C Rider' was dynamite.)

"Thank you very much. Well well well well well well well... You people just come here to hear me sing well well. Well well well well... That's it, thank you very much." As the crowd laughs Elvis roars into 'I Got A Woman'. The right leg is pumping all the time, while the crowd is pressing closer and closer to the foot of the stage and Elvis!

When Elvis began singing 'Amen' there was some feedback, and Elvis looked over to the sound engineers and sang, right in tempo, "Watch your feedback." While singing 'Amen', Elvis would say, "Sing it with us, come on!", to the crowd. "Come on! Sing with us." The key would go up higher and higher, and Elvis would say, "Take it up!" "A little higher." Letting The Sweet Inspirations sing some of 'Amen', Elvis would throw in several "Hallelujahs!" At the conclusion of 'Amen', just before Elvis would let J.D. from the airplane dive, Elvis started gyrating, going from side to side, he says: "I'm just trying to see if it all works". As he finishes, he says "That's enough, Aaaaaaamen. Go get it, J.D." Elvis would then step back from the mic', with his guitar hanging around his neck, and imitate an airplane flapping his arms as wings as J.D. "dived". When J.D. had finished, Elvis walked back to the microphone and said "That was pretty good, ladies and gentlemen, but he can do better than that. He's the world's lowest bass singer, so he should be able to do better than that. Listen to him this time!" Then, Elvis repeats the 'Amen' chorus at breakneck pace, saying, "Go get it, J.D." Elvis again does the airplane, and J.D. does indeed appear to go even lower.

With this over, Elvis rips back into the ending of 'I Got A Woman'. "Thank you very much. Good evening ladies and gentlemen -- my name is Wayne Newton. I got a Wayne Newton haircut." His hair did appear to be a little longer than usual, though. "Oh, I hope you enjoy the show, you know, ah, ah, I get very nervous you know opening night. Really!" This was the first show on this new tour. "So!" Just then, I think, a girl ran onto the stage and hugged and kissed Elvis. Sherrill Nielsen helped remove her from the stage. Elvis then turns around to the hundreds behind the stage and, of course, hundreds of flashbulbs go off. "I hope you can see up there."

"Treat me like a fool, treat me mean and cruel, but ah Love Me..." During the song, he gives out many scarves, and the crowd at the foot of the stage is getting larger and larger. Almost uncontrollable. Stuffed toys were being thrown onto the stage. A hat was thrown to him, and he put it on. A rose was also thrown, and he attempted to put it in his hair. He sings: "...if you ever go, darling I'll be, oh so, oh so, ah so o so lonely..." Chinesey (if you get what I mean). At the conclusion of the song, he makes his back up vocalists hold the last note for some tine. (Note: What made this show really good was that Elvis was not using them as much. That is, he would hold the last notes, go up to the last notes, and actually sing them, instead of what he usually does -- which was to conduct them. This is a good change, and I hope Elvis continues to sing his own songs. )

"Thank you very much. Take it on!" 'If You Love Me (Let Me Know)' is still not on a record, what a shame. It was a beautiful version, and, as the crowd grew, Elvis said: "Be careful! Be careful!" When the song was over, Elvis again said: "Thank you, be careful now! Really! We don't want anybody to get hurt. Take it on!"

'You Gave Me A Mountain' followed. The crowd was at a very high fever pitch now. Elvis was not permitted to get really involved in this song because of the crowds' reaction to him -- but nonetheless, he gave the best he could in the circumstances. Part of the reason for Elvis' non-involvement was that a boy (I think it was a boy) of two or three was lifted onto the stage. Elvis, while singing, walked over and gave the boy a scarf and a kiss. For this, Elvis drew great applause. The child didn't know what to do now, but was finally lifted off the stage. During another moving part of the song, a very large stuffed hound dog was thrown onto the stage, but Elvis continued singing. He made no move towards it, and consequently, Charlie quickly removed it from the stage. Elvis continued: "...My woman got tired of the heartaches, tired of the sweat ah grief and the strife, so tired of working for nothing..THEY'RE GOING NUTS!!" Elvis could hardly believe the crowds' reaction to him.

"Thank you very much. Thank you ladies and gentlemen. You're a fantastic audience. I'll get to you when I get a chance to, boy. I'd like to do a medley of some of my records for you. You just want a kiss?" He laughs through the first few lines of 'All Shook Up', but then finally regains control of himself.

The medley of 'Teddy bear'/'Don't Be Cruel' followed quickly. During the instrumental break in 'Don't Be Cruel', Elvis gave out several scarfs, but in the process he got too close to the edge of the stage. À fan grabs tightly to his pant leg, which causes a somewhat worried Elvis to say, "Don't pull me off the stage for God's sake."

The next song is my very favourite Elvis ballad. It is the beautiful 'And I Love You So'. He sings this well, but the Today version still was way out in front. During the song he sings: "...I tell them my God I don't know..." I'm not sure if he was just ad-libbing, or whether that was another one of his reactions to this wild crowd. "...and yes, I know, how lonely life can be, THE shadows follow me..."

This beautiful ballad was followed by -- 'Jailhouse Rock'. I couldn't believe it. It was great, with the piano being particularly outstanding. I had never heard Elvis sing this in person. It was a really rockin' version. He ended the song with that famous Elvis ending: "They were dancin'...to the Jailhouse...oh with me...yeah!" It was marvellous!!

All Elvis şays now (for the third tine) is "Take it on." 'Fever' would describe exactly how the crowd was feeling. This is only the second time I've seen Elvis do this song. It was good, with lots of leg movement. The crowd was finally beginning to settle down, with some moving back to their seats. "...I light up when you call my name.. Elvis!" "...fever when you kiss me, fever when you hold my-hold me tight..." The ending (because I believe the band was not prepared for this song was all off) caused Elvis to say: "Somebody was off!" "Thank you." Elvis leans over and picks up a necklace. Studying it, he then says: "Oh, a pearl necklace, What's this for? Who's is it?" Two women start waving their hands. "Wait a minute, it couldn't belong to the two of you." A woman, who had lost it when she tried to get to Elvis in the crowd, finally recovered her necklace from Elvis.

"OK ladies and gentlemen, since this is our bi-centennial year, I'd like to do our version of 'America'". Absolute dynamite. If a live version of this song is not released soon, it would be a crime. Elvis sings a little, then speaks part of it, then finishes the song with an unbelievable high note.

"Yeah, thank you very much." Elvis then says, "Polk Salad Annie." This was very good, though not as excitingly performed as I've seen before. This version contained a fairly lengthy bass solo by Jerry Scheff.

"Oh, thank you ladies and gentlemen. I'd like to just walk around and catch my breath. It's hot up here! I'd like to introduce you to the members of my group before I go any further..further..farther..whatever. The young ladies you met earlier in the show, we've been together for about six-and-a-half years. I think they're fantastic -- The Sweet Inspirations.. I'll be back there." Screams galore as Elvis is partially facing the people seated behind the stage and my side. "The gentlemen in the back , one of the top Gospel quartets in the nation, J.D. Sumner and The Stamps quartet. This fellow here on the end, who tackled the girl earlier" (the one who jumped on the stage and kissed Elvis), "he sings harmony with me a lot, his name is Sherrill Nielsen. I'd like to introduce myself..no..I'd like to introduce The Stemps to you individually ladies and gentlemen. Their bass singer is from North Carolina, his name is Larry Strickland. The baritone singer--he's from Nashville, his name is Ed Hill. Their lead singer, the blond headed kid, he's from Nashville, his name is Ed Enoch. He's my twin brother! They have a new tenor singer ladies and gentlemen, his name is..." He leans over to ask him. "Ron Booth. Any kin of John Wilkes? The little girl who does our high voiced singing she's from, ah, Los Angeles, Her name is Kathy Westmoreland." Elvis walked to the back of the stage and threw three or four scarfs up to the fans in the balcony behind him, and then says, "Hello there!" He then walks back to the group. "On the rhythm guitar from, ah, ah, Springfield, New York is John Wilkinson. Play something."

'Early Mornin' Rain' is played and Elvis sings the entire first verse. "Yeah, thank you John. On the lead guitar is James Burton."

'What'd I Say' is expertly played, with Elvis doing the equivalent of one verse, and some. "On the drums is, ah..." (Note: Elvis had fired Ronnie Tutt and Glen D. Hardin, but no reason was given. Whether there is some hard feelings here or not is hard to say. But if there was, Elvis' forgetting Ronnie's name would be an indication. Ronnie is back, Glen is gone.) "hard working Ronnie Tutt." As always, his solo is fantastic. "Thank you Ronnie. On the fender bass from up in Canada ladies and gentle en is Jerry Scheff. Play the blues Jerry." A solo follows. "Yeah," Elvis says in conclusion. "on the piano, ladies and
gentlemen is Tony Brown. Hit it baby. Yeah!"
Throughout the solo, Elvis throws in several "Yeahs," as he moves back and forth to the music. A really good solo, maybe even better than Glen's? "Yeah, on the electric clavinet..hairnet..ah, clavinet from Nashville, ladies and gentlemen, is David Briggs." A solo on this weird sounding machine follows. When David appears to be going nowhere with his solo, Elvis says, "When you gonna end it, son? Do something. There you go! Hah! 0K! You forgot the ending. Ah, the first time that David and I worked together, we recorded a song called 'Love Letters'. We'd like to sing that for you." A very slow and absolutely beautiful version followed. I don't know if Elvis has ever done this song before, but it sure is welcome for a change. "The fellow who gives me my scarfs, and water, and sings harmony with me, his name is Charlie Hodge. Our conductor, ladies and gentlemen, is from Buffalo, New York, his name is Joe Guercio. Nice going. Joe is conducting the fantastic Joe Guercio orchestra."

They played 'School Day', and Elvis sang some of it, off mic'. "Yeah, there you go. We have a new record out" (Screams screams screams) "ladies and gentlemen, we'd like to sing that for you."

Really terrific intro music for 'Hurt'. Elvis' voice is unbelievable on this as he reaches up for those notes at the beginning and the end of this song. The spoken part is very dramatically done. After the fantastic conclusion, and because of the wild applause, Elvis asks: "You wanna hear it again?" fantastic apolause again.

"I'm so Hurt..." He did it again. He put his all into the last few notes of this song and it showed. It did it better this time!

"Thank you. You're fantastic. Thank you very much. Thank you. 'Burning Love'," says Elvis. This version suffered because of the effort he had just put into the last song -- but still, a good version. "Lord Almighty, I feel my temperature rising, Girl girl girl it's burning through to my soul, Girl girl girl you've gone and set me on fire..." Elvis looked at little lost right at the beginning of this song, then finally got into it. There's a slightly new horn arrangement, which I really liked. Elvis shakes a little, punches at his imaginary opponent, and goes into a few karate stances.

"Thank you very much. Now that you've had a chance to look at us, I'd like to turn the houselights up so we can see you. Whooo! Everybody? Four-hundred miles for a birthday kiss," reads Elvis from a sign a woman is holding up. So Elvis says, "Come here, sweetheart." Another girl had made her way to the stage, preparing to be kissed, but Elvis said, "Not you! Her! It's her, it's her!" She is at the stage now, and Elvis is kneeling down to her. "It's your birthday? You want a kiss? What's your name? Barbara?" Then, yes, he sang: "Happy Birthday' to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Barbara..sahh.. happy birthday to you." The band had also joined in. He then gave her her present.

'Funny How Time Slips Away' began, and you know the concert is about over. I've always thought that this song wouldn't be a bad closer for his show, and each time he sings it, I think -- Maybe he'll close with this tonight? But he didn't. Elvis does the falsetto part again like he did on the album Madison Square Garden, when he sings: "...what I told yyyOOOOOOOOuu...." J.D. goes down for the last note as usual.

"Thank you ladies and gentlemen. I'd like to tell you something, uh, you've been a fantastic audience here. When was the last time we were here? - Three years?" The crowd screams. "Three?" More screams. "Four?" More screams, with Elvis imitating an auctioneer, "Do I hear : five? So, any time you want us back, just give us a ring and we'll come back again." (Note: This is very maddening, because probably one-quarter of that audience were Canadians, myself included. Why should he go back. to Buffalo for the sixth, seventh time. Toronto is ready, why isn't Elvis? Is he afraid? He comes so close, yet he can never make it that extra ninety or a hundred miles.)

"Take it!" 'Can't Help Falling In Love' closed the show as usual. The crowd is moving, but not out, but towards the stage. They are frantically reaching, and throwing things. Someone gives Elvis a very beautiful painting of three or four horses (maybe Elvis'?). "Only fools rush in, but I can't help falling in love.. take it easy!!" And later, "...darling so it goes, somethings ..woh...are meant to..eh woh woh woh.. take my hand..." Elvis hits the ending notes with a lot of power, puts down the microphone, and begins to say goodbye to each side of auditorium. He walks to all sides of the stage, waving and shaking hands, and throwing out the last few scarfs -- and then quickly exits. The end of a fantastic concert, one of his very best. Ed Hill says: "Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and goodnight."


June 26 1976 (Saturday - Afternoon Show)
Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island
         

June 26 1976 (Saturday - Evening Show)
Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island
         

June 27 1976 (Sunday - Afternoon Show)
Landover Capital Center Arena, Largo, Maryland
         

June 27 1976 (Sunday - Evening Show)
Landover Capital Center Arena, Largo, Maryland
         

June 28 1976 (Monday)
Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
         

Review

June 28 1976 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Review by Daniel T. Spadoni - Strictly Elvis Generation, Issue 12 (March/April 1977)

Well, here it was, Monday, June 28, and after weeks of waiting, my friend and I were on our way to The Spectrum in Philadelphia to see Elvis. For myself, it was exactly two years and five days from the time I first saw him in the same building. That occasion was one I don't think I'll ever forget.

So now it was Elvis IV, the fourth time I had seen him in two years, but the first time for my friend, who was naturally quite excited. I was slightly calmer that I had been other times, but not by much.

It didn't take long to notice that there were changes from the last Elvis show I saw in July of 1975. First, Big Al was not around, his place being taken by a member of The Stamps, who urged fans to buy souvenirs while speaking from a mike behind the stage. Then, as the show itself got under way, it was not Voice but The Stamps who appeared, doing a few gospel songs, and then bringing J.D. Sumner out as they closed with 'When the Saints Go Marching In'. Jackie Kahane followed, and then The Sweet Inspirations, who surprisingly sang 'Silly Love Songs' as one of their selections. They are a very talented trio.

Finally, the time came for Elvis. We were sitting fifteen rows back of a corner of the stage, and had an excellent view of him as he came up the steps, amid a chorus of screams and what seemed like a million flash cubes going off at once.

After I had studied him closely for a few minutes through binoculars, I was mildly surprised at the weight he had put on since July, 1975. Perhaps I expected it around the stomach, but his face seemed puffy, much different that it ever appeared before, at least to me. Also, his hair seemed much longer and was combed differently, although it looked good on him.

Elvis opened with 'C.C. Rider', followed by 'I Got A Woman' and 'Let Me Be There'. He sang these songs at half-power, which still sounded better than anyone else could do. Then came 'You Gave Me A Mountain' and the almost 20,000 fans heard for the first time the incredible range, depth, and beauty fo Elvis' voice.

As usual, Elvis did many of his old favourites, but left out 'Love Me Tender', which surprised me. He also did some unexpected songs, such as Perry Como's 'And I Love You So' and 'Love Letters'. Both of these songs demonstrated the beauty and tenderness of his voice.

When Elvis said he was going to do his version of 'America', almost everyone stood immediately, and they remained standing for what has to be the best I've ever heard anyone sing that song. It was a very touching moment, especially since We were in Philly, the "Cradle of Liberty."

Elvis introduced the people of stage, still other changes were evident. Ronnie Tutt was gone on drums, and so was Glenn Hardin on piano. Hardin was replaced by Tony Brown from Nashville, who did a fine job. But there were other familiar faces, especially the likeable Charlie Hodge, who could probably hand Elvis scarves in his sleep by now.

Every Elvis concert has at least one special highlight, and in Philly it came when he sang 'Hurt'. Before he began, I wondered if he would really cut loose, because 'Hurt' is a powerful song which demonstrates in both beginning and end the full range of Elvis' voice like few other numbers. I didn't have to wait long for my answer.

Elvis sang the first line "I'm so hurt...." with such unbelievable force and beauty, that we were actually blown back in our seats. I was astounded, and the ending of the song came across the same way. He received a partial standing ovation, and then did something I had NEVER, NEVER heard of before -- he sang the entire song over, hitting a few notes in the end that just cannot be described in words. In fact, I don't even know if those notes can be found on the scale. Everyone stood the second time and cheered wildly, in what has to be the most exciting moment I've ever seen in an Elvis concert. That song alone was worth the price of admission.

Then, all too soon, Elvis was saying, "You've been a wonderful audience and it's been a pleasure working for you. If you ever want us back, just give us a yell." Of course, everyone screamed, and Elvis began 'Can't Help Falling In Love'.

As a final interesting note to the show, before Elvis shook hands with the crowd, he apparently removed his horseshoe-shaped diamond ring from his finger, probably so no one would try to steal it. We didn't blame him, since I believe the ring is worth $18,000.

After the concert, my friend asked me what I thought of Elvis' performance. I pondered the question for a few minutes, but there could really be only one honest answer. Yes, he did put on weight. Yes, he moved less that before on stage. And yes, he only sang for an hour. BUT.... the voice, the stage presence, the charisma, the concern for his audience, were ALL better than ever. No one could touch that voice, not in 1956 and not in 1976. It's a voice that can make you scream or cry, a voice that can bring you to your feet or make you sit spellbound, a voice that can sing any song like you've never heard it before. And this voice, coupled with his other talents, is what has made Elvis Presley the greatest entertainer of all time. Yet even more amazing is the fact that, through all the years of success, he has remained totally responsive and eternally grateful to us, his fans. Perhaps that is the real reason why he is, and will always be, "Number One." I think so.


June 29 1976 (Tuesday)
Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia
         

June 30 1976 (Wednesday)
Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina
Also Sprach Zarathustra
      My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
C. C. Rider       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
I Got A Woman / Amen       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
Love Me       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
You Gave Me A Mountain       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
All Shook Up       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
And I Love You So       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
Blue Suede Shoes       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°~Charleston Rocks (Memory)°
Fever       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
America       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
Introductions / Band solos       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)     My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
_Bass solo (Jerry Scheff)       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
_Love Letters       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
Introductions       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
Love Me Tender       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
Hurt       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
Hurt (reprise)       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
Funny How Time Slips Away       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
Hound Dog       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
Can't Help Falling In Love       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
Closing Vamp       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
Closing Announcements       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°

July 1 1976 (Thursday)
Hirsch Coliseum, Shreveport, Louisiana
Recorded on Soundboard        

July 2 1976 (Friday)
Louisiana State Univ. Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Recorded on Soundboard        

July 3 1976 (Saturday - Afternoon Show)
Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas
C. C. Rider
      Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
I Got A Woman / Amen       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
Love Me       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
You Gave Me A Mountain       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
All Shook Up       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear /       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
Don't Be Cruel       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
And I Love You So       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
Jailhouse Rock       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°~Holding Down The Fort CD2°
Fever       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
America       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
Polk Salad Annie       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
Introductions / Band solos
      Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)   Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       Unreleased
_Battle Of New Orleans (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)     Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)° (last part only)
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
_Love Letters       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
Introductions       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
Hurt       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°
Hound Dog       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°~Holding Down The Fort CD2°
Funny How Time Slips Away       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°~Holding Down The Fort CD2°
Can't Help Falling In Love       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°~Holding Down The Fort CD2°
Closing Vamp       Rockin' Across Texas CD2 (FTD)°~Holding Down The Fort CD2°

July 4 1976 (Sunday - Afternoon Show)
Mabee Special Events Center, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Also Sprach Zarathustra       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
C. C. Rider       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
I Got A Woman / Amen       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
Love Me       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
You Gave Me A Mountain       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
America       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
All Shook Up       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel     The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
And I Love You So       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
Jailhouse Rock       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
Fever       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
An American Trilogy       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
Introductions / Band solos
      The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)   The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)° (incomplete)
_Battle Of New Orleans (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)     The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)° (not listed)
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)° (not listed)
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)° (not listed)
_Love Letters       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
Introductions       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
Hurt       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
Help Me       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
Hound Dog       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
Funny How Time Slips Away       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
How Great Thou Art       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
Little Darlin'       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
Can't Help Falling In Love       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°
Closing Vamp       The Bicentennial Show CD1 (FTD)°

July 5 1976 (Monday)
Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee
Also Sprach Zarathustra       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
C. C. Rider       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
I Got A Woman / Amen       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
Love Me       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
Fairytale       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
You Gave Me A Mountain       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
All Shook Up       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
And I Love You So       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
Jailhouse Rock       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
Fever       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
America       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
One Night       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye
Memphis°
That's All Right       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye
Memphis°~Thank You Very Much°
Blue Christmas       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
Introductions / Band solos       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)     The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
_Battle Of New Orleans (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)     The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
_Love Letters       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
Introductions       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
Hurt       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
Hurt (reprise)       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
Hound Dog       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
Funny How Time Slips Away       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
Help Me       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
How Great Thou Art       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
Softly As I Leave You       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memp.°~Charleston Rocks (Memory)°
Polk Salad Annie       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
Jambalaya (part)       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
It's Now Or Never       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
Can't Help Falling In Love       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°
Closing Vamp       The Final Homecoming°~Goodbye Memphis°

On Tour, July 23 - August 5 1976
Musicians
Lead Guitar: James Burton
Rhythm Guitar: John Wilkinson
Bass: Jerry Scheff
Piano: Tony Brown
Electric Piano: David Briggs
Drums: Ronnie Tutt
Acoustic Guitar: Charlie Hodge
Orchestra: Joe Guercio & The Joe Guercio Orchestra
Comedian: Jackie Kahane
Warm-Up Act: The Sweet Inspirations
High Voice Singer: Kathy Westmoreland
Backup Vocals: The Sweet Inspirations; JD Sumner & The Stamps; Sherrill Nielsen

July 23 1976 (Friday)
Freedom Hall, Louisville, Kentucky
         

July 24 1976 (Saturday - Afternoon Show)
Civic Center, Charleston, West Virginia
Recorded on Soundboard        

July 24 1976 (Saturday - Evening Show)
Civic Center, Charleston, West Virginia
Also Sprach Zarathustra
      Charleston Rocks (Memory)°~Hurt° (wrongly dated June 28)
C. C. Rider       Charleston Rocks (Memory)°~Hurt° (wrongly dated June 28)
I Got A Woman / Amen       Charleston Rocks (Memory)°~Hurt° (wrongly dated June 28)
Love Me       Charleston Rocks (Memory)°~Hurt° (wrongly dated June 28)
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       Charleston Rocks (Memory)°~Hurt° (wrongly dated June 28)
You Gave Me A Mountain       Charleston Rocks (Memory)°~Hurt° (wrongly dated June 28)
All Shook Up       Charleston Rocks (Memory)°~Hurt° (wrongly dated June 28)
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       Charleston Rocks (Memory)°~Hurt° (wrongly dated June 28)
And I Love You So       Charleston Rocks (Memory)°~Hurt° (wrongly dated June 28)
Jailhouse Rock       Charleston Rocks (Memory)°~Hurt° (wrongly dated June 28)
Fever       Charleston Rocks (Memory)°~Hurt° (wrongly dated June 28) (incomp.)
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Charleston Rocks (Memory)°~Hurt° (wrongly dated June 28)
_Love Letters       Charleston Rocks (Memory)°~Hurt° (wrongly dated June 28)
Introductions       Charleston Rocks (Memory)°~Hurt° (wrongly dated June 28)
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       Charleston Rocks (Memory)°~Hurt° (wrongly dated June 28)
Hurt       Charleston Rocks (Memory)°~Hurt° (wrongly dated June 28)
Hurt (reprise)       Charleston Rocks (Memory)°~Hurt° (wrongly dated June 28)
Hound Dog       Charleston Rocks (Memory)°~Hurt° (wrongly dated June 28)
Funny How Time Slips Away       Charleston Rocks (Memory)°~Hurt° (wrongly dated June 28)
Can't Help Falling In Love       Charleston Rocks (Memory)°~Hurt° (wrongly dated June 28)
Closing Vamp       Charleston Rocks (Memory)°~Hurt° (wrongly dated June 28)

July 25 1976 (Sunday)
Onondaga War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York
         

July 26 1976 (Monday)
Community War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, New York
Recorded on Soundboard        

July 27 1976 (Tuesday)
Onondaga War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York
Recorded on Soundboard        

July 28 1976 (Wednesday)
Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut
Also Sprach Zarathustra       Across The Country Volume 1°
C. C. Rider       Across The Country Volume 1°
I Got A Woman / Amen       Across The Country Volume 1°
Love Me       Across The Country Volume 1°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       Across The Country Volume 1°
You Gave Me A Mountain       Across The Country Volume 1°
Introductions / Band solos       Across The Country Volume 1°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)   Across The Country Volume 1°
_Chicken Pickin' / What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton) Across The Country Volume 1°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     Across The Country Volume 1°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       Across The Country Volume 1°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       Across The Country Volume 1°
_Battle Of New Orleans (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)     Across The Country Volume 1°
_Piano solo (Tony Brown)       Across The Country Volume 1°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Across The Country Volume 1°
_Love Letters       Across The Country Volume 1°
Introductions       Across The Country Volume 1°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       Across The Country Volume 1°
Happy Birthday to Kitten Kahane       Across The Country Volume 1°
Hurt (with reprise)       Across The Country Volume 1°
Hound Dog       Across The Country Volume 1°
Can't Help Falling In Love       Across The Country Volume 1°
Closing Vamp / Announcements       Across The Country Volume 1°

July 29 1976 (Thursday)
Civic Center, Springfield, Massachusetts
Recorded on Soundboard        

July 30 1976 (Friday)
Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, Connecticut
Also Sprach Zarathustra
      Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
C. C. Rider       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
I Got A Woman / Amen       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
Love Me       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
You Gave Me A Mountain       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
Help Me       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
All Shook Up       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
And I Love You So       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
America
      Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
Jailhouse Rock       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
Funny How Time Slips Away       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
Introductions (incomplete) / Band solos       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)     Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)° (not listed)
_Battle Of New Orleans (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)     Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)° (not listed)
_Piano solo (Tony Brown)       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)° (not listed)
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)° (not listed)
_Love Letters       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
Introductions       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
Hurt       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
Hound Dog       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
Hawaiian Wedding Song       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
Can't Help Falling In Love       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°
Closing Vamp       Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°

July 31 1976 (Saturday)
Hampton Coliseum, Hampton Roads, Virginia
Recorded on Soundboard        

August 1 1976 (Sunday - Afternoon Show)
Hampton Coliseum, Hampton Roads, Virginia
Also Sprach Zarathustra
      Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
C. C. Rider       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
I Got A Woman / Amen       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
Love Me       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
You Gave Me A Mountain       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
All Shook Up       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
And I Love You So       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
Jailhouse Rock       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
Fever       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
America       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
Return To Sender
      Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
~Elvis - New Haven '76 (FTD)°~Thank You Very Much°~Charleston
Rocks (Memory)°
Introductions / Band solos       Bicentennial Elvis Experience°+Return To Sender (Audionics)°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)     Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
_Battle Of New Orleans (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)     Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
_Love Letters       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
Introductions       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
Hurt (with reprise)       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
Hound Dog       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
Funny How Time Slips Away       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
Can't Help Falling In Love       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Bicentennial Elvis Experience°
Closing Vamp       Bicentennial Elvis Experience°+Return To Sender (Audionics)°

August 2 1976 (Monday)
Civic Center, Roanoke, Virginia
Recorded on Soundboard        

August 3 1976 (Tuesday)
Cumberland County, Memorial Auditorium, Fayetteville, North Carolina
Recorded on Soundboard        

August 4 1976 (Wednesday)
Cumberland County, Memorial Auditorium, Fayetteville, North Carolina
Recorded on Soundboard        

August 5 1976 (Thursday)
Cumberland County, Memorial Auditorium, Fayetteville, North Carolina
Recorded on Soundboard        

On Tour, August 27 - September 8 1976
Musicians
Lead Guitar: James Burton
Rhythm Guitar: John Wilkinson
Bass: Jerry Scheff
Piano: Tony Brown
Electric Piano: David Briggs
Drums: Ronnie Tutt
Acoustic Guitar: Charlie Hodge
Orchestra: Joe Guercio & The Joe Guercio Orchestra
Comedian: Jackie Kahane
Warm-Up Act: The Sweet Inspirations
High Voice Singer: Kathy Westmoreland
Backup Vocals: The Sweet Inspirations; JD Sumner & The Stamps; Sherrill Nielsen

August 27 1976 (Friday)
Convention Center Arena, San Antonio, Texas
Recorded on Soundboard        

August 28 1976 (Saturday - Afternoon Show)
The Summit, Houston, Texas
C. C. Rider
      Houston, We Have A Problem°
I Got A Woman / Amen       Houston, We Have A Problem°
Love Me       Houston, We Have A Problem°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       Houston, We Have A Problem°
You Gave Me A Mountain       Houston, We Have A Problem°
All Shook Up       Houston, We Have A Problem°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       Houston, We Have A Problem°
And I Love You So (with false start)       Houston, We Have A Problem°
Jailhouse Rock       Houston, We Have A Problem°
Fever       Houston, We Have A Problem°
America (with reprise)       Houston, We Have A Problem°
Polk Salad Annie       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Houston, We Have A Problem°
Introductions / Band solos       Houston, We Have A Problem°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)   Houston, We Have A Problem°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       Houston, We Have A Problem°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     Houston, We Have A Problem°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       Houston, We Have A Problem°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       Houston, We Have A Problem°
_Battle Of New Orleans (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)     Houston, We Have A Problem°
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       Houston, We Have A Problem°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Houston, We Have A Problem°
_Love Letters       Unreleased (?)
Introductions       Houston, We Have A Problem°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       Houston, We Have A Problem°
Hurt       Houston, We Have A Problem°
Hound Dog       Unreleased (?)
Funny How Time Slips Away       Houston, We Have A Problem°
Love Me Tender       Unreleased (?)
Can't Help Falling In Love       Houston, We Have A Problem°
Closing Vamp / Announcements       Houston, We Have A Problem°

August 29 1976 (Sunday - Afternoon Show)
Mobile Municipal Auditorium, Mobile, Alabama
         

August 29 1976 (Sunday - Evening Show)
Mobile Municipal Auditorium, Mobile, Alabama
Recorded on Soundboard (Could be Aft. Show)      

August 30 1976 (Monday)
University Of Alabama Memorial Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Also Sprach Zarathustra
      Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
C. C. Rider       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
I Got A Woman / Amen       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
Love Me       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
You Gave Me A Mountain       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
All Shook Up       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
And I Love You So       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
Jailhouse Rock
      Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
Fever       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
America       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~Cuttin' Loose In Tuscaloosa°
~Charleston Rocks (Memory)°
Introductions / Band solos       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)   Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
_Battle Of New Orleans (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)     Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
_Love Letters       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
Introductions       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
Hurt       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
Hound Dog       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°~America The Beautiful°
My Heavenly Father (Kathy Westmoreland)       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~Cuttin' Loose In Tuscaloosa°
Mystery Train / Tiger Man       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°
Can't Help Falling In Love       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°~America The Beautiful°
Closing Vamp       Old Times They Are Not Forgotten°~One Night In Alabama°~Cuttin'
Loose In Tuscaloosa°~America The Beautiful°

Tape Logs
 
Soundboard Recording
August 30 1976
August 30 1976 - Soundboard
 


August 31 1976 (Tuesday)
Coliseum, Macon, Georgia
Also Sprach Zarathustra
      Southbound°
C. C. Rider       Southbound°
I Got A Woman / Amen       Southbound°
Dialogue       Southbound°
Love Me       Southbound°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       Southbound°
You Gave Me A Mountain       Southbound°
All Shook Up       Southbound°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       Southbound°
And I Love You So       Southbound°
Jailhouse Rock       Southbound°
Fever       Southbound°
America       Southbound°
Introductions / Band solos
      Southbound°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)     Southbound°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       Southbound°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     Southbound°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       Southbound°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       Southbound°
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       Southbound°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Southbound° (last part only)
_Love Letters       Southbound°
Introductions       Southbound°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       Southbound°
Hurt       Southbound°
Hound Dog       Southbound°
That's All Right       Southbound°
Blue Christmas       Southbound°
Mystery Train / Tiger Man       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Southbound°
Can't Help Falling In Love       Southbound°
Closing Vamp       Southbound°

September 1 1976 (Wednesday)
Coliseum, Jacksonville, Florida
Recorded on Soundboard        

September 2 1976 (Thursday)
Curtis-Hixton Auditorium, Tampa, Florida
Recorded on Soundboard        

September 3 1976 (Friday)
Bayfront Center, St. Petersburg, Florida
         

September 4 1976 (Saturday - Afternoon Show)
Civic Center Arena, Lakeland, Florida
Recorded on Soundboard        

September 4 1976 (Saturday - Evening Show)
Civic Center Arena, Lakeland, Florida
Recorded on Soundboard        

September 5 1976 (Sunday)
Mississippi State Fair Coliseum, Jackson, Mississippi
Also Sprach Zarathustra
  OPA5 8225 Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
C. C. Rider   OPA5 8226 Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
I Got A Woman / Amen   OPA5 8227 Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
Love Me   OPA5 8228 Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
Fairytale   OPA5 8229 Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
You Gave Me A Mountain       Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
All Shook Up       Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel   OPA5 8230 Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
And I Love You So   OPA5 8231 Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
Jailhouse Rock   OPA5 8232 Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
Fever       Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
America       Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
Introductions / Band solos     Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)     Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)     Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
Introductions / Band solos       Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)     Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
_Battle Of New Orleans (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)     Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
_Love Letters       Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
Introductions       (not recorded on Soundboard)
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       (not recorded on Soundboard)
Hurt       Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
Hound Dog       Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
Danny Boy (Sherrill Nielsen)       Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
That's All Right   OPA5 8243 Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
Blue Christmas (Elvis on acoustic guitar)
  OPA5 8244 Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°~Across The Country Volume 1°
Jingle Bells (instrumental)   OPA5 8245 Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°~Across The Country Volume 1°
How Great Thou Art   OPA5 8246 Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°~Across The Country Volume 1°
Dialogue   OPA5 8246 Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°~Across The Country Volume 1°
Can't Help Falling In Love   OPA5 8247 Across The Country Volume 1° (incomplete)+Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°
Closing Vamp   OPA5 8247 Spirit Of Jackson (FTD)°

September 6 1976 (Monday - Afternoon Show)
Von Braun Civic Center, Huntsville, Alabama
C. C. Rider       Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
I Got A Woman / Amen       Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
Love Me       Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
Fairytale       Return To Sender (Audionics)°~Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
You Gave Me A Mountain       Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
All Shook Up       Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
And I Love You So       Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
Jailhouse Rock       Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
Fever (False Start)       Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
America (with reprise)
      Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
One Night
      Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
Polk Salad Annie / Allegheny Moon (1 line)     Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
Introductions / Band solos     Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)     Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)     Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
Introductions / Band solos       Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)     Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
_Battle Of New Orleans (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)     Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)° (incomplete)
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)° (incomplete)
_Love Letters       Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
Introductions       Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
Hurt (with reprise)       Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
Hound Dog       Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
Funny How Time Slips Away       Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
That's All Right       Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
Can't Help Falling In Love       Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°
Closing Vamp       Elvis In Alabama CD1 (FTD)°

September 6 1976 (Monday - Evening Show)
Von Braun Civic Center, Huntsville, Alabama
Also Sprach Zarathustra
      Still RocKING The Nation°~The Man In White Volume 2°
C. C. Rider       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
I Got A Woman / Amen       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
Love Me       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
Fairytale       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
You Gave Me A Mountain       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
All Shook Up       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
And I Love You So       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
Jailhouse Rock       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
Fever       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
America (with reprise)
      Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
Introductions / Band solos       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)     Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
Introductions / Band solos       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
_Battle Of New Orleans (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)     Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
_Love Letters       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
Introductions       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
Hurt (with reprise)       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
Hound Dog       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
Danny Boy (Sherrill Nielsen)       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
That's All Right       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
Blue Christmas       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
Mystery Train / Tiger Man       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
Funny How Time Slips Away       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
Can't Help Falling In Love       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°
Closing Vamp       Elvis In Alabama CD2 (FTD)°~Still RocKING The Nation°
~The Man In White Volume 2°

September 7 1976 (Tuesday)
Convention Center, Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Recorded on Soundboard        

September 8 1976 (Wednesday)
Convention Center, Pine Bluff, Arkansas
My Heavenly Father (Kathy Westmoreland)
    Across The Country Volume 1° (incomplete)
Mystery Train / Tiger Man       Across The Country Volume 1°

On Tour, October 14 - October 27 1976
Musicians
Lead Guitar: James Burton
Rhythm Guitar: John Wilkinson
Bass: Jerry Scheff
Piano: Tony Brown
Electric Piano: David Briggs
Drums: Ronnie Tutt
Acoustic Guitar: Charlie Hodge
Orchestra: Joe Guercio & The Joe Guercio Orchestra
Comedian: Jackie Kahane
Warm-Up Act: The Sweet Inspirations
High Voice Singer: Kathy Westmoreland
Backup Vocals: The Sweet Inspirations; JD Sumner & The Stamps; Sherrill Nielsen

October 14 1976 (Thursday)
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Also Sprach Zarathustra
      Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
C. C. Rider       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
I Got A Woman / Amen       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
Love Me       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
You Gave Me A Mountain       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
Jailhouse Rock       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
All Shook Up       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
And I Love You So       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
Fever       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
Polk Salad Annie       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
Introductions / Band solos
      Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)     Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
_Love Letters       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
Introductions       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
Hurt       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
Hurt (reprise)       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
Love Me Tender       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
Hound Dog       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
Funny How Time Slips Away       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
Mystery Train / Tiger Man       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
Can't Help Falling In Love       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°
Closing Vamp       Chicago Stadium CD1 (FTD)°~Chicago Beat°

October 15 1976 (Friday)
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
I Got A Woman / Amen
      Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
Love Me       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
You Gave Me A Mountain       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
Help Me       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
Jailhouse Rock       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
All Shook Up       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
And I Love You So       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
Steamroller Blues
      Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
Introductions / Band solos       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)   Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
_Love Letters       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down° (incomplete)
Introductions       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
Hurt (with reprise)       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
Hound Dog       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
It's Now Or Never       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
Blue Christmas       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
Can't Help Falling In Love       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°
Closing Vamp       Chicago Stadium CD2 (FTD)°~Bringing The House Down°

October 16 1976 (Saturday)
Duluth Arena, Duluth, Minnesota
Sweet Inspiration (The Sweet Inspirations)
      My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
The Last Time I Saw Him (The Sweet Inspirations)   My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
Introductions       My, It's Been A Long, Long Time°
         
Also Sprach Zarathustra       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
C. C. Rider       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
I Got A Woman / Amen       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
Love Me       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
You Gave Me A Mountain       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
Jailhouse Rock       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
All Shook Up
      The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
And I Love You So       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
Fever       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
Steamroller Blues       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
Introductions / Band solos       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)   The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)° (not listed)
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)° (not listed)
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)° (not listed)
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)° (not listed)
_Love Letters       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)° (incomplete)
Hurt (with reprise)       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
Hound Dog       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
It's Now Or Never       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
How Great Thou Art       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
Blue Christmas       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
Can't Help Falling In Love       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
Closing Vamp       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°

October 17 1976 (Sunday)
Metropolitan Sports Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sweet Inspiration (The Sweet Inspirations)
      Across The Country Volume 2°
The Last Time I Saw Him (The Sweet Inspirations)   Across The Country Volume 2°
Introductions       Across The Country Volume 2°
Stevie Wonder Medley (The Sweet Inspirations)     Across The Country Volume 2°
_Stevie Is A Wonder        
_For Once In My Life        
_You Got It Bad Girl        
_Superstition        
_You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
       
_Living For The City        
_All In Love Is Fair        
_Higher Ground        
Announcements       Across The Country Volume 2°
         
Also Sprach Zarathustra       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
C. C. Rider       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
I Got A Woman / Amen       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
Love Me       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
You Gave Me A Mountain       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
Jailhouse Rock       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
All Shook Up
      A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
And I Love You So       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
Fever       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
Steamroller Blues       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
Introductions / Band solos       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)   A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)° (not listed)
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)° (not listed)
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)° (not listed)
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)° (not listed)
_Love Letters       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
Introductions       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)° (incomplete)
Hound Dog       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
One Night       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
It's Now Or Never       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
Mystery Train / Tiger Man       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
Funny How Time Slips Away       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
Can't Help Falling In Love       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
Closing Vamp       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°

October 18 1976 (Monday)
Arena, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Fairytale
      A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°
America       A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°

October 19 1976 (Tuesday)
Dane County Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin
Hawaiian Wedding Song       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
Steamroller Blues       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
America       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
Love Me Tender       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°
Blue Suede Shoes       The Bicentennial Show CD2 (FTD)°

October 20 1976 (Wednesday)
Notre Dame University Athletic & Convention Center,
South Bend, Indiana
Also Sprach Zarathustra
      Eternal Flame°
C. C. Rider       Eternal Flame°
I Got A Woman / Amen       Eternal Flame°
Love Me       Eternal Flame°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       Eternal Flame°
You Gave Me A Mountain       Eternal Flame°
Jailhouse Rock       Eternal Flame°
Help Me       Eternal Flame°
All Shook Up       Eternal Flame°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       Eternal Flame°
And I Love You So
      Eternal Flame°
Fever       Eternal Flame°
Steamroller Blues       Eternal Flame°
Introductions / Band solos       Eternal Flame°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)   Eternal Flame°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       Eternal Flame°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     Eternal Flame°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       Eternal Flame°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       Eternal Flame°
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       Eternal Flame°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Not Recorded?
_Love Letters       Eternal Flame°
Introductions       Eternal Flame°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       Eternal Flame°
Hurt (with reprise)       Eternal Flame°
Hound Dog       Eternal Flame°
Funny How Time Slips Away       Eternal Flame° (incomplete)
Little Darlin'       Eternal Flame°
Can't Help Falling In Love       Eternal Flame°
Closing Vamp       Eternal Flame°

October 21 1976 (Thursday)
Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Recorded on Soundboard        

October 22 1976 (Friday)
University Of Illinois Assembly Hall, Champaign, Illinois
Recorded on Soundboard        

October 23 1976 (Saturday)
Coliseum, Richfield, Ohio
         

Review

October 23 1976 - Cleveland, Ohio
Review by Brett Grieve - Elvis Monthly, Issue 343 (August 1988)

This concert was recorded in Cleveland on 23rd October 1976. After the usual fanfare of 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' and 'C.C. Rider', it's into 'I Got A Woman'/'Amen' medley with Elvis using J.D.Sumner's voice like an obedient pet. After making a comment on the number of rings he has on his fingers he goes into his old favourite 'Love Me'. This particular song believe was one of his most cherished live, as in every concert I have in my possession from 1973 onwards, it was sung and can certainly be counted as part of his usual repertoire.

He sings a very polished and enthusiastic version of 'Fairytale' taking advantage of the bitter lyrics. A much better performance than his studio attempt twelve months earlier and has a different ending to it than the Elvis In Concert rendition. He makes a comment which I can't exactly make out. It sounds like "I'm sorry ladies and gentlemen.. but we forgot the words to it last night". I'm sure he's apologising about reading the words to 'Fairytale'.

After a fifteen second pause, he sings a good version of 'You Gave Me A Mountain'. Then it's into his "bread and butter", 'Jailhouse Rock', 'All Shook Up' and 'Teddy Bear'/'Don't Be Cruel' medley.

A very romantic version of 'And I Love You So' is sung, as with 'Fairytale' a far superior version to his disinterested, flat studio version of 1975. He sings the lyrics in this one convincingly, so much so, it's eerie! This version is an exact replica to the In Concert version.

Then comes a strange moment, the piano starts to 'Little Darlin', then Elvis says, "Cut...Fever". So it's into 'Fever' and as with the Aloha performance sends his audience into a frenzy. He really knew how to hit those low notes! Then Elvis says, "I'd like to do our version of 'America'", and so he does. It's a beautiful (pardon the pun) rendition with Elvis showing everyone his loyal, patriotic spirit.

'Polk Salad Annie' is next on the agenda with Elvis again driving the audience wild. After the introductions, he does a nice, polished version of 'Early Mornin' Rain' and in between group solos, 'What'd I Say', 'Johnny B. Goode' and 'Love Letters' are performed. Then comes 'School Day'. Elvis really enjoyed this one!

"Our latest record is called 'Hurt'" says Elvis, as he reels off a superb version of a superb song. He does a speedy version of 'Hound Dog' with a similar ending to In Concert.

"We have a lot of talent here on stage and so I'd like to ask Sherrill to sing 'Danny Boy' and ah, ah... 'Walk With Me'". Too bad Elvis didn't join in with 'Walk With Me' and 'Danny Boy' as he sings these types of song so well. 'Heartbreak Hotel' follows, then a masterful performance of 'How Great Thou Art'. Then 'Mystery Train'/'Tiger Man' medley follows with Elvis saying. "I'd like to tell you, you've been a fantastic audience and I'd like to thank my sound engineer.. and I'd like to tell you (then aside) will we be here tomorrow night?.. I don't know I just work here! Anytime you want us back just let us know and we'll be back. Thank you very much".

Then Elvis goes into his familiar close, 'Can't Help Falling In Love'. The closing riff sounds and Elvis is gone. I was disappointed he didn't sing 'Unchained Melody' at this show. The earliest record I have of this song being done "live" is on 31st December 1976 in Pittsburgh, so one can assume that it started at the earliest in Las Vegas earlier that month. A fine show nonetheless.


October 24 1976 (Sunday)
Roberts Stadium, Evansville, Indiana
Recorded on Soundboard        

October 25 1976 (Monday)
Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana
         

October 26 1976 (Tuesday)
University Of Ohio, Dayton, Ohio
Recorded on Soundboard        

October 27 1976 (Wednesday)
Southern Illinois University Arena, Carbondale, Illinois
Recorded on Soundboard        

Review

October 27 1976 - Carbondale, Illinois
Review by Audrey Bucket - Elvis News Service Weekly, Issue 272 (November 10 1976)

After driving through the night, we arrived at Carbondale very tired, checked out the SIU Arena and tried the box office for tickets, to no avail. (Well, it was worth a try!) So, we found a motel and grabbed a couple of hours sleep before returning to the arena, praying that we would get tickets.

WELL, we eventually got two $12.50 tickets for $25 each from a scalper and when we got inside found that our seats were in the second row of the lower balcony (just off the floor level section) -- I guess about thirty-five feet from the stage on the left. Now, I had been a nervous wreck all day, just wondering if we'd get tickets at all, so we were glad just to get into the arena. However, these were pretty good seats and believe me, when we looked around at the seats stretching way back behind us and even worse, those behind the stage, we realised just how lucky we were.

As usual the Stamps opened the show. Then Jackie Kahane, who a little earlier had been walking around wearing a T-Shirt with the statement "I AM NOT ELVIS" written across the back, (we'd never have guessed!) The Sweet Inspirations were next and then the intermission seemed to go on forever, until finally the lights were dimmed and as the strains of '2001' began, I felt the tingling shiver of excitement that lets you know you've finally made it and very, very soon you will again have the incredible experience of seeing Elvis live!

'2001' finishes and Elvis walked on stage, happy, smiling and looking oh so good. We had heard that he had lost weight and now we could see for ourselves. Now, no-one can say he is slim by any means, but he has lost easily thirty pounds since the last tour and so obviously feels better for it.

He was wearing a white v-neck jumpsuit, gold and red rectangular design, gold belt and inserts. (Note: very similar if not the same to one he wore on tour in 1975.) He strolled across the stage acknowledging the applause and accepting a bouquet of flowers from a girl, before taking the guitar from Charlie and launching into 'C.C. Rider'. Then starts "Well - Well - Well" breaking off to laugh and tell the audience that "some lady down front said mercy - that's what I should be sayin'." Then into 'I Got A Woman', which he stopped, then restarted and inviting the audience to "sing it with me" on the 'Amen' sequence. He is still playing aeroplane with J.D. and locks up in mock prayer on J.D.'s second attempt at the low note, but this time J.D. really totally goofed it up, receiving an astonished look from Elvis, who then jokingly motioned him off stage.

A girl gave him some sort of plaque in return for a scarf and he walked over to Charlie for a drink of water. However, Charlie somehow managed to spill water everywhere - Elvis jumped back, took another glass and nearly choked. He walked away, shaking his head and muttering something about "Confucius, he say man with ice in mouth cannot talk". Then started 'Love Me', leaving Charlie industriously mopping the floor!

A lot of scarves were given out and Elvis received a rose from one fan, Fairytale came next, Elvis introducing it as "the story of my life! Then a very powerful version of 'You Gave Me A Mountain'. After this Elvis paused to say that his third movie was 'Jailhouse Rock' and he would like to sing the title song. There was a massive surge of fans towards the stage, as he started the most fantastic version of 'Jailhouse Rock' I have ever heard. A really blockbusting, speeded up version, holding his throat for the first few lines (imitating the higher tone of his voice back in the '50s) then really moving throughout the whole of the song and finally into a slow ending.

'Help Me' followed, then the medley of 'All Shook Up', 'Teddy Bear' and 'Don't Be Cruel' - Elvis skilfully managing to get one scarf up to eager fans in the lower balcony. Next was 'And I Love You So', then 'Fever' with all the leg movements. At one point he changed the words to "Till your belt falls off" and with a grin, he would make quite a show of hosting his belt up. One of several times he showed that he was really pleased to be so much trimmer. He then announced that he would like to do his version of 'America' and went on to give a lovely rendition of this moving song, receiving tremendous applause at one point, as the audience became caught up in the stirring atmosphere Elvis generates whilst singing this.

Next into a slightly slower version of 'Polk Salad Annie' than he usually does. Not too much moving and when he got down into the leg stretch pleading, "Get me out of this - tell me now what do I do?" There was no karate kick at the end, instead he went straight into the introductions, during which he threw water over JD. joined in on John Wilkinson's version of 'Early Mornin' Rain' and also with James Burton on 'What'd I Say'. Then asking James to give a demonstration of how he plays 'Johnny B. Goode' with the guitar behind his head. His new pianist is Tony Brown and David Briggs came in for some teasing about a gold vest he was wearing under his red jacket - Elvis saying it was one of the Stamps' left overs!

A beautiful version of 'Love Letters' followed, Elvis remarking it was the first song he and David Briggs had worked on together. After this, Elvis returned to the introductions, then announced that, "our latest record ---- as far as I know" was of course, 'Hurt'. Anyone who has not heard this sung live has really missed something, as the power and feeling in Elvis' voice is incredible. He repeats the end twice, as he used to on 'How Great Thou Art'. Remarking "I'm game if you are" -- the second time he bent down double, almost touching the floor, to hit the really high note --- deservedly receiving tremendous applause.

Into 'Hound Dog', giving away many scarves, but by now he was (not surprisingly) looking very tired, so he asked Sherrill to come out and sing 'Danny Boy', during which he sat on Sherrill's stool. At Elvis' request, Sherrill went on to sing 'Walk With Me', then Kathy was brought out for her lovely rendition of 'My Heavenly Father'.

Elvis once again took the mic' and announced that he was going to sing 'Blue Christmas' "and" play the guitar "as there are a lot of people who think I cannot play the guitar, but I can" saying off mic that he knew two chords, E & A -- "Eaeaow" - (sounding like a cat wailing). - All this time, fans behind him had been shouting for 'Heartbreak Hotel', so Elvis turned around sang two or three lines at high speed, told them that was all they were getting and began 'Blue Christmas', with Charlie holding the mic' for him (Reminiscent of the TV Special) During the line "decorations of red" Elvis nearly broke up, as he looked at Charlie with a priceless expression - - - - Charlie was dressed all in red! An added bonus of 'Thats All Right' followed (Elvis still playing the guitar) and then the house lights were turned up.

Finally, after thanking the sound engineers and everyone who had helped on the tour, it was time for the song that every fan dreads - 'Cant Help Falling In Love' and Elvis ran off stage leaving us feeling totally shattered after such a powerhouse performance. He had been on stage one-and-a-half hours, obviously felt good and it certainly showed.


On Tour, November 24 - November 30 1976
Musicians
Lead Guitar: James Burton
Rhythm Guitar: John Wilkinson
Bass: Jerry Scheff
Piano: Tony Brown
Electric Piano: David Briggs
Drums: Ronnie Tutt
Acoustic Guitar: Charlie Hodge
Orchestra: Joe Guercio & The Joe Guercio Orchestra
Comedian: Jackie Kahane
Warm-Up Act: The Sweet Inspirations
High Voice Singer: Kathy Westmoreland
Backup Vocals: The Sweet Inspirations; JD Sumner & The Stamps; Sherrill Nielsen

November 24 1976 (Wednesday)
Centennial Coliseum, Reno, Nevada
         

November 25 1976 (Thursday)
University Of Oregon McArthur Court, Eugene, Oregon
It's Now Or Never
      The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
America       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
Mystery Train / Tiger Man
      The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°

November 26 1976 (Friday)
Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon
Recorded on Soundboard        

November 27 1976 (Saturday)
University Of Oregon McArthur Court, Eugene, Oregon
Love Me Tender
      The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
Steamroller Blues       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°

November 28 1976 (Sunday)
Cow Palace, San Francisco, California
Also Sprach Zarathustra
      America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°
C. C. Rider       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°
I Got A Woman / Amen       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°
Love Me       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°
You Gave Me A Mountain       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°
Jailhouse Rock       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°
It's Now Or Never       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°
All Shook Up       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°
And I Love You So
      America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°° (incomplete)
Fever       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°
America       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°+San Francisco
Bay Blues°° (binaural)
Polk Salad Annie       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°+San Francisco
Bay Blues°° (binaural)
Introductions / Band solos       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)   America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°+San Francisco
Bay Blues°° (binaural)
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°
_Love Letters       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°
Introductions       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°
Hurt       America The Beautiful°+San Francisco Bay Blues°°+San Francisco
Bay Blues°° (binaural)
Hound Dog       San Francisco Bay Blues°° (first part only - tape runs out)

Tape Logs
 
Soundboard Recording
November 28 1976
November 28 1976 - Soundboard
 


November 29 1976 (Monday)
Cow Palace, San Francisco, California
Also Sprach Zarathustra
      The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
C. C. Rider       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
I Got A Woman / Amen       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
Love Me       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
You Gave Me A Mountain       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
Blue Suede Shoes       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
It's Now Or Never       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
All Shook Up       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
And I Love You So
      The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
Fever       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
Bridge Over Troubled Water       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
Introductions / Band solos       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)   The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
_Love Letters       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
Introductions       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
Hurt       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
Hound Dog       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
Funny How Time Slips Away       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°

November 30 1976 (Tuesday)
Convention Center, Anaheim, California
C. C. Rider       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
I Got A Woman / Amen       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
Love Me       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
You Gave Me A Mountain       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
Jailhouse Rock       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
It's Now Or Never       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
All Shook Up       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
And I Love You So
      The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
Fever       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
Bridge Over Troubled Water       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
Polk Salad Annie       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
Introductions / Band solos       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)   The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
_Love Letters       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
Introductions
      The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°~A Minnesota Moment (FTD)° (wrongly
listed as Dayton, Ohio - October 26)
Hurt       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°~A Minnesota Moment (FTD)° (wrongly
listed as Dayton, Ohio - October 26)
Hound Dog       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
Hawaiian Wedding Song       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°~A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°° (wrongly
listed as Sioux Falls, South
Dakota - October 18 1976)
Blue Christmas       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°~A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°° (wrongly
listed as Dayton, Ohio - October 26)
That's All Right       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°~A Minnesota Moment (FTD)°° (wrongly
listed as Dayton, Ohio - October 26)
Can't Help Falling In Love       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°
Closing Vamp       The West Coast Tour '76 (FTD)°

Las Vegas, December 2 - December 12 1976
Musicians
Lead Guitar: James Burton
Rhythm Guitar: John Wilkinson
Bass: Jerry Scheff
Piano: Tony Brown
Electric Piano: David Briggs
Drums: Ronnie Tutt
Acoustic Guitar: Charlie Hodge
Orchestra: Joe Guercio & The Joe Guercio Orchestra
Comedian: Jackie Kahane
Warm-Up Act: The Sweet Inspirations
High Voice Singer: Kathy Westmoreland
Backup Vocals: The Sweet Inspirations; JD Sumner & The Stamps; Sherrill Nielsen

Review

December 2-12 1976 - Las Vegas
Review by Lee J. Hanney - Elvis Monthly, Issue 436 (April 1996)

Before I begin I would like to express that previously my articles have been of a "whinging" nature. Therefore, I am, with all due respect, about to start a series of articles regarding my observations of the music and songs that Elvis produced during the season of December '76.

1976, an extremely busy year for Elvis. This was definitely the best year as far as I am concerned with regards to the willpower that Elvis had, proving to be a very hard-working entertainer. With the year starting on the 17th March, 1976, in Johnson City, the tour layout up to December was as follows:

March 17-22, 1976 - Tour 16
April 21 - 27, 1976 - Tour 17.
April 30 - May 9, 1976 - Lake Tahoe engagement (15 shows).
May 27 - June 6, 1976 - Tour 18
June 25 - July 5, 1976 - Tour 19
July 23 - Aug 5, 1976 - Tour 20
Aug 27 - Sept 8, 1976 - Tour 21
Oct 14 - Oct 27, 1976 - Tour 22
Nov 24 - Nov 30, 1976 - Tour 23
Dec 2 - Dec 12, 1976 - Las Vegas Engagement (15 shows)
Dec 24 - Dec 31, 1976 - Tour 24

A year in which Elvis performed 128 concerts in 79 different cities, including El Paso, Kalamazoo, Atlanta and his home town in Memphis. The Las Vegas engagement, in December 1976, was to be his 14th and last for the Hilton Hotel. Over the ten days Elvis appeared in fifteen shows, in this particular article I wish to go into brief detail of the first three shows of this season, these being: December 2 1976 Opening Show, December 3 1976 - Dinner Show, December 3 1976 Midnight Show.

The song sequence of the first show of this engagement was as follows:
'2001'; 'C.C.Rider'; 'I Got A Woman'/'Amen'; 'Love Me': 'If You Love Me (Let Me Know)'; 'You Gave Me A Mountain'; 'Jailhouse Rock'; 'It's Now Or Never'; 'All Shook Up': 'Teddy Bear'/'Don't Be Cruel'; 'And I Love You So'; 'I Just Can't Help Believin'; 'Fever'; 'Softly As I leave You' (duet with Sherrill Nielsen); 'Polk Salad Annie': [Band Intro's): 'Early Mornin' Rain'; 'Johnny B. Goode'; [Band solos: 'Love Letters': 'School Day'; 'Hurt'; 'Hound Dog': 'Hawaiian Wedding Song'; 'Blue Christmas'; 'That's All Right'; 'Can't Help Falling In Love'.

As you can see, quite a spectacular opening to this season. Although some say that it is disappointing that Elvis rarely changed his song layout during the last three years or so in his live appearances. In some cases... Yes, it's very disappointing to some but I think not - I find that even with the 'every show songs there is something' little, or different, songs for example: 'C.C.Rider'; 'I Got A Woman'; 'Love Me'; 'Can't Help Falling In Love' and so on, be it an ad lib of some sort, a change of key or sometimes, change of lyrics. That is why I chose this season...to try to identify the 'unpredictable Elvis'. Albeit the songs are quite predictable, Elvis' mood in the shows was not. Anyway, with the first three songs completed in this show (after a particularly long version of 'Love Me') it's straight into 'If You Love Me (Let Me Know)'. A few (plus one) golden oldies follow 'You Gave Me A Mountain' amongst which, is a one liner, 'Are You Sincere?' Throughout this season there are quite a few rarely sung songs (as the series of articles will prove), the first being 'I Just Can't Help Believin', which is a request by someone in the audience as Elvis responds; "I just can't help believin'? Oh my God! I haven't done that in 27 (?) years!" As a few more requests are shouted out by the audience Elvis discusses whether the band remembers it or not, finally he introduces the song. "This song is written by, oh, B.J...J.B...B.J. Thomas" and then performs the song a little less confidently than usual, nevertheless it's a great performance despite a small hiccup' during the instrumental break of the song.

With the band introductions out of the way, Elvis introduces Glen Campbell in the audience and then sings his latest record...'Hurt'...twice!

During this season, it seems that Elvis enjoyed performing so much that he had a hard time trying to leave or get around to finishing his shows. Common phrases he would use are "Man, I just work here!" or "I would stay all night but the 'hotel wouldn't like it!" He often explained that he was only given a specific amount of time to do his shows. The 1am shows seem to last longer than the 9pm shows, it was as if the time schedule was a little more lax. "I know three chords" confesses Elvis as he strums on his 'Axe' prior to singing 'Blue Christmas', then on to 'That's All Right'. It's time to go and Elvis gives his little farewell speech warning fans to "Take care going home," then sings 'Can't Help Falling In Love'...the end of a great opening show.

The next show was the Dinner Show on December 3, and consists of the following songs:
'2001'; 'C.C. Rider'; 'I Got A Woman'/'Amen'; 'Love Me'; 'If You Love Me (Let Me Know)'; 'You Gave Me A Mountain'; 'It's Now Or Never'; 'One Night'; 'All Shook Up'; 'Teddy Bear'/'Don't Be Cruel'; 'And I Love You So'; 'Fever'; 'Polk Salad Annie'; (Band intro's]; 'Early Mornin' Rain; What'd I Say'; (Band solos]: 'Love Letters'; 'School Day': 'Hurt'; 'Hound Dog'; 'Blue Christmas'; 'Can't Help Falling In Love'.

"Before I do anything at all, I want to apologise for being a little late", Elvis' opening line directly after 'C.C. Rider'... "I had a hard time getting this suit cleaned! Have you ever had your clothes cleaned?" He then mumbles about having Burns underneath his arms, "I did this for twenty minutes," presumably holding his arms outstretched parallel to his shoulders. Again Elvis is in excellent spirits and this is aurally displayed. "Is that a real diamond? Are you kidding me? I wouldn't wear a real diamond like that on the stage!" Was Elvis' reply to a question shouted from the audience...immediately a guy shouts 'Elvis! May I ask you a question please?" To which was the reply, "What's this issues and answers?" and quickly moves into the opening line of 'Love Me' before it all got too out of hand. "You know, my third movie was Love Me... No! was Jailhouse Rock and the first was Love Me Tender, so which d-ya wanna hear?" questions Elvis. At this present moment hundreds of fans yell out all sorts of songs... "Jailhouse Tender"? Elvis inquisitively asks but changes his mind and instead sings 'It's Now Or Never'. The rarity song for this show is the rendition of 'One Night' requested by a guy in the audience, Elvis sings it superbly. 'Polk Salad Annie' - you got it son!" These later renditions of 'Polk Salad' are much more bluesy than the early '70s versions, with orchestral instrumental's leading up to the song and James Burton's guitar had replaced Jerry Scheff's bass instrumental. Elvis really seems to enjoy this song, which usually leads him into the band introductions, possibly to regain his breath!

Each in turn, Elvis gets the group members to play their solos and joins in on songs like 'Early Mornin' Rain', 'What'd I Say' and 'Johnny B. Goode'. Elvis introduces... "On electric clarinet is David Briggs," David then goes on and completes his solo, ending it with some very strange electrifying sounds in which Elvis responds.. "You're weird David! I never know what you gonna do!... The first time that David and I worked together we did a song called 'Love Letters' and I would like to do a little bit for you." Directly after the band intro's Elvis is again bombarded with more shouted requests... "Our latest record is better than 'em all...it's called 'Hurt'," which puts a complete stop to the shouts of requests, and exchanges them with screams and cheers!

"Ladies and Gentlemen, I've been on stage for longer than I'm supposed to be on, because we've got other people waiting. You're a fantastic audience, you really are!...I promised that I'd do 'Blue Christmas', there are people who think I can't play the guitar very well and...they're right! I know three chords and that's all you need!" After singing Blue Christmas, Elvis gives his farewell speech, again quickly enunciated, not allowing any chance of more request being made, then it's straight into 'Can't Help Falling In Love'.

The show I would like to conclude with is the Midnight Show on December 3 and consists of the following songs:
'2001'; 'C.C.Rider'; 'I Got A Woman'/'Amen'; 'Love Me'; 'If You Love Me (Let Me Know)'; 'You Gave Me A Mountain'; 'Jailhouse Rock'; 'It's Now Or Never'; 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'; 'Tryin' To Get To You'; 'Blue Suede Shoes'; 'And I Love You So'; 'Softly As I Leave You'; 'America'; (Band intro's); 'Early Mornin' Rain'; 'What'd I Say'; 'Johnny B. Goode': [band solos); 'Love Letters'; 'School Day'; 'Hurt'; 'Hound Dog'; 'How Great Thou Art'; 'Can't Help Falling In Love'.

During the "shoulder-shaking" sequence that Elvis rhythmically enrols between 'Amen' and the final line of 'I Got A Woman', phrases such as "I'm just warmin' everything up and, Do you know how long it takes me to get into this suit?" are used. For some unknown reason, Elvis seems to be a little more tense than the previous two shows, as the first five songs are performed almost instantly, one after the other. Again, any spare second in between dialogue/songs, Elvis is bombarded with requests from the audience - 'I've Lost You', 'Jailhouse Rock', 'If Can Dream' are amongst the shouts, Elvis chooses 'Jailhouse Rock'. Finally, Elvis is loosening up and asks for some background music to be played, during which time he jokes and converses with individuals in the audience.. " tell you what...instead of the medley...let's change it around and do 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'" and, without any hesitancy, the band go straight into the request. Incidentally, this is the rarity for this show.

Proving the unpredictable aspects of live concerts, Elvis again requests the next song..'Tryin' To Get To You'. 'Softly As I Leave You' was one of Elvis' own favourite love songs and enjoyed the opportunity of singing with Sherrill Nielsen. Elvis had great respect for the singers on the stage and often called upon them to sing his favourite songs. Next is 'America' which, as usual, is sung with every ounce of patriotic sincerity. The band introductions often gave Elvis the chance to fool around with the band members and, now and again, the odd little fictitious tale was told.

"I would like to ask James (Burton) to play the guitar on the back of his head, he does this very good!" Which proceeds into a faultless guitar introduction of 'Johnny B. Goode'.

After completing 'Hurt' and 'Hound Dog', Elvis exclaims, "I've been on stage for a little over an hour... ". Another chance for the fans to should their requests - 'How Great Thou Art'? "O.K. This features The Stamps..." Elvis sings this power-song to perfection as it was known to be his favourite gospel song. 'Can't Help Falling In Love', as with every other concert, finishes the show.


December 2 1976 (Thursday - Opening Show)
Showroom, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada
         

Review

December 2 1976 9.00pm Opening Show
Review by Teresa Currie - Elvis News Service Weekly, Issue 279-80 (January 1977)

We arrived at Vegas Int. Airport at 10.45 am. The drive to the Hilton only takes ten minutes, but every few hundred yards were large Elvis Signs, announcing Elvis' forthcoming engagement, with *SOLD OUT* across it. This really gives you a wonderful warm feeling! While we were checking in, we noticed a few eager fans were already standing in line outside the showroom door. Considering showtime was 9pm they were in for a long wait! We immediately unpacked and rushed down to the Lobby.

The show started at 9pm and Elvis came on at 10pm. What an entrance!!! '2001' played, and then Elvis appeared, wearing a white jumpsuit, with turquoise insets on the pants, turquoise and gold jewels, Maltese diamond cross and a bi-centennial coin that Lisa made for him. (Apparently she gave him two, in case he should lose one and he wears it continuously). The turquoise and gold wide belt didn't have any chains on. He really looked slim, and gorgeous. His mood was as high as Anaheim and he kept laughing and wrinkling his nose all the way through. In all, the show lasted one hour and forty minutes and what a show it was. It must be the best he has ever done!

'C.C. Rider' and 'I Got A Woman'. During this number, he kept rubbing his right eye. Whilst JD was singing, Elvis announced he had something in his eye that was driving him crazy. He wanted some eye-drops. Someone gave him a glass of water, and he stood centre of the stage, trying to bathe his eye. Charlie came to the rescue and gave him some eye-drops which Elvis then used. After a few minutes he carried on singing 'Love Me', 'If You Love Me (Let Me Know)', 'Jailhouse Rock', 'I Just Cant Help Believin', 'Polk Salad Annie', 'You Gave Me A Mountain', medley of 'Don't Be Cruel' and 'Teddy Bear', 'BRIDGE Over Troubled Water', 'It's Now Or Never, 'Hawaiian Wedding Song', 'Fever', 'Early Mornin' Rain', 'Love Letters', 'Hurt', this last one got a standing ovation and he did it again. Words cannot describe this song. THE POWER -- ITS JUST FANTASTIC! then 'Softly As I Leave You' and'Hound Dog'. Vicky Carr was introduced, as was Glen Campbell. Elvis joked with him ab out the impersonation he does of him, but added he takes it as a complement.

Elvis came on stage late, as Jackie Kahane was on a long time. When he started to sing 'Are You Sincere', he then changed his mind. One fan said she walked (as there was a plane strike) Elvis said, "I wouldn't walk that far to see King Kong make love to...." (Laughs)! He was in a mood that was just fantastic. His Dad was also in the audience. Glen Campbell talked to his girlfriend all through the show (Mac Davies! ex-wife) and was really rude. However, he made a great compliment to Elvis' show (what he heard of it) and the audience cheered a lot. Elvis then commented that when he saw Campbell's show, there would be a lot of noise! (Sarcastically!!). There were one or two real dingbat fans who were going nuts, which was embarrassing as they were real close to us. One gave him a chain of some sort, Elvis took it, but didn't give her a scarf. She shouted and screamed and I felt really embarrassed. Another fan commented to Elvis to give it back to shut her up. Elvis cracked up at this!!

Another fan gave him a rose, which broke, and Elvis' comment was "I think I got hold of the wrong end of the stick!!" and he laughed a lot!! During 'Fever' the red light was on him: and a picture of fire and flames was on the back-drop. When he sang "when you call my name" a fan called out "Elvis" and he turned and said "Thank you" which cracked us up. When Tony Brown had finished playing the piano, Elvis commented, "Thank you Jerry Lee!" -- This show I almost got Elvis' orange juice and reached out, but someone else made it just before me.

We were four seats from the stage, and three tables from the centre. Great seats, and saw every little wrinkle of the nose(!) and every movement of every finger! He was wearing a gold bracelet on his right hand, and also a new ring. When he introduced Vernon he mentioned that he was feeling better now. Linda's not here! After Elvis had disappeared behind the curtain, everyone just sat in their seats transfixed! It was such a fantastic show. No-body could move for a few minutes.

 

December 2 1976 Opening Night
Review by Maryann Gavranich - Strictly Elvis Generation, Issue 11 (January/February 1977)

I saw Elvis on opening night, December 2, 1976. The Showroom of the Las Vegas Hilton was completely full, the entire engagement being sold out in advance. There were billboards all over town saying "ELVIS - DECEMBER 2-12 - SOLD OUT! THANK YOU!" The Stamps, Sweet Inspiration and Jackie Kahane were their usual selves, terrific. They put everyone in a happy, laughing mood, because everyone knew who was next. The lights went out, the '2001' theme began, and there was Elvis, on stage, singing 'C.C. Rider' and looking fantastic. He was wearing a white jumpsuit with a turquoise design, and 35lbs. thinner than when I last saw him in June. He was very happy to be back, and in a great mood. He said, "You know, you really scare me. Do you know how many people this place holds? We have people hanging from the ceiling. We're gonna' try to do all the songs you want to hear. Remember, we're here to make you happy." And that's exactly what he did!

He sang twenty-six songs, too many to list here. After a few songs, he stopped to introduce two of his very good friends who were in the audience, Vicki Carr and Glenn Campbell. Then he sang 'It's Now or Never', followed by 'Softly As I Leave You' which I had never heard in concert, and it was simply beautiful. He said the words as J.D.'s nephew sang them. The effect was unbelievable, I don't think there was a dry eye in the place. Then he introduced his group. During the course of the show Glenn Campbell had been making a few comments that Elvis and Glenn laughed about. When he finally asked someone back stage how long he had been on, everyone in the audience said ten minutes, but it was almost and hour and a half. It was hard to believe he had been on that long already. He had stopped a few minutes at the beginning of the show because he had something in his eye, but after a treatment with eyedrops, he performed continuously.

After the introductions, 'Hurt' had to be done twice, once would not do. Then he said that a lot of people were saying he really couldn't play the guitar, so he was going to prove to everyone that he could. Just as he started to play, Glenn Campbell said something, and Elvis stopped. Glenn stood up and said, "If I could sing like you, I wouldn't worry about playing the guitar". That brought cheers from the audience, but he did settle down and really play that thing! Elvis said he wanted to do a song from Blue Hawaii and everyone groaned thinking it would be 'Can't Help Falling In Love', but amidst yells of "no, no, more, more" Elvis said, "Hold it, hold it, we're going to do 'Hawaiian Wedding Song' for you". So we all calmed down. That was followed by 'Blue Christmas' for the holidays. He was trying to do the songs everyone wanted to hear, but everyone had a different idea of what he or she wanted to hear. 'That's All Right' followed by 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' brought the time on stage to two hours. He started to close the show, even though he really didn't want to leave, but he'd already been on too long. The curtain came down on the best show I'd ever seem, one I'll never forget. The applause was thunderous. He came back out to shake hands and wave to everyone and then he was gone again.

The show was great. I've never seen Elvis in a better mood. He was so happy, he looks great. His voice was beyond description. I just don't have the words to really describe it. The way he sings 'Hurt' was the way he sang every song, with so much power and feeling. It was obvious he was enjoying himself immensely, and really "into" doing this show. Once again he proved he's still THE KING", and disproved all the year's ugly rumours. What can I say?! The MAN is fantastic. He cares more about the audience and making them happy than he does about himself. I know there will never be another human being like him.


December 3 1976 (Friday - Dinner Show)
Showroom, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada
         

Review

December 3 1976 Dinner Show
Review by Teresa Currie - Elvis News Service Weekly, Issue 281 (January 18 1977)

Elvis came on wearing the Indian jumpsuit, with orange inverted pleats in the pants. The guys wore all orange suits to match. He apologised for being late, due to getting his suit laundered! He said that they had left on the cleaning fluid, which tended to burn!! and of course he started to crack up and shake his body around.

The show was one hour long, due to the fact that he had another show later. He sang more or less the same songs and added a great version of 'One Night'. He was in a rood mood, but always tends not to be so relaxed knowing he's limited for time. He had a standing ovation for 'Hurt' (only sung once) He made lots of comments about the dryness here in Vegas, and drank lots of water. At one point he threw half a glass over Joe Guercio. He just loves to play the fool on stage!!!

The audience didn't impress me too much at this show, and were not real fans. Elvis can always tell. One girl did stand up and start dancing in front of him and got her kiss and scarf. Along with many more. He has some beautiful Turguoise scarves this time, which he hasn't had in a while. He was given a Hound Dog and a Teddy Bear, but not that many other gifts at this show. At the end of the show, a lot of girls managed to get to the stage, and one held on to him for a long while, giving him some red roses.

He sang 'Blue Christmas' as he'd promised to earlier in the show, despite the time.

 

December 3 1976 Dinner Show
Review by Don Bekeleski - Elvis News Service Weekly, Issue 278 (January 1977)

In this review I will avoid most of the songs Elvis sang as they wore his usual and his and our favourites.

The Stamps started the show followed by The Sweet Inspirations and then Jack Kahane with the same routine he has been using since 1940. A person that I talked to who was at the opening night show said that Elvis was on about an hour and forty-five minutes. Elvis was about ten minutes late and explained why later. Finally what seemed like forever '2001' ended and Elvis came out from the right side wearing a white suit with Indian decoration and feather designs down the side. He came out looking good and feeling good. Here I would like to say that I have seen Elvis in Chicago in October and I thought he was pretty slim then. Well this night I would say he lost about twelve more lbs since then.

He started with 'C.C. Rider' and the 'I Got A Woman'. In this song he did his "shuck a shuck" leg wiggles and commented that he did this to wake up. Then he apologised for being late and said the reason was that he had gotten his suit cleaned and there was a spot under the arm which he attempted to remove with lighter fluid. When he put the suit on the fluid caused a burn the same as a lighter in your pocket. So he said he had been upstairs flapping his arms in an attempt to cool off. It got quiet then and some one from the audience called out very clearly "Mr. Presley may I ask you a question?" Elvis looked at Charlie and then the orchestra, laughing and said "What is this, Issues and Answers?" Then he immediately started the next song. He sang 'One Night' which was a request from the audience. Then I yelled out "Polk Salad Annie" to which he said "You got it" and started that song. He got different types of gifts from people. My wife was able to give him a cowboy hat that I and my friend Don Curioj had decorated with E.P. in rhinestones on the front and T.C.B. on the rim. Elvis seemed like he liked it a lot. He put it on his head and awarded my wife with a scarf. He sang many other songs and then said that he had to end as they had another show to do that evening. I yelled to him that we would all come back at four and he could continue. He laughed and thanked the audience and ended the show with 'Can't Help Falling In Love' I was able to get a hand shake from him just before he left the stage.

I talked to a girl after the show who said she was disappointed because she expected more body movements from Elvis like in the movie That's The Way It Is. I All I can say is Elvis is not as much on the physical movements any more. He has given us that for twenty years so I think he is allowed to slow down a little. I think it's great to see Elvis in such good spirits and good health not to mention the longer shows he has been doing. The physical movements are an added attraction only to what every Elvis fan should be thrilled with already, and that is hearing the King in concert.


December 3 1976 (Friday - Midnight Show)
Showroom, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada
         

Review

December 3 1976 Midnight Show
Review by Teresa Currie - Elvis News Service Weekly, Issue 281 (January 18 1977)

Elvis wore a white jumpsuit, decorated with several shades of blue (from '73) he's obviously really thrilled with being so very slim now. He added several songs at this show 'Softly As I Leave You', 'America', which always brings tears to my eyes and it really did this time!! 'Tryin' To Get To You' and the power on some of those notes WOWee!! just great. 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and 'How Great Thou Art', which until you've heard on stage live you just haven't heard, beleive me!! We were sitting ringside, so saw him real close, and he is just so so beautiful. He also added 'Jailhouse Rock' - This show he didn't really talk to the audience as much as last night. -- Some fans had a huge banner, which they yelled out to Elvis during 'Softly As I Leave You'. This is just NOT the time.. Elvis completely ignored it I was very happy to say. There is never a dry eye in the house when Elvis sings this, it is so sad and so very beautiful. I Love it!

He had one of the guitarists in Joe's band to play, which is very unusual. Sue Bennett (Reading) managed to get a scarf and a kiss from Elvis, which of course thrilled her to death and also Teresa got her first scarf when she gave Elvis her Police badge so she was, needless to say "over the moon". We had a few problems as one girl tried to get to Elvis by climbing on the table, we were all lucky not to get hurt, as she clambered over each one of us.. The security wasn't tight enough and Elvis showed he was mad, as several girls climbed onto the stage. This show was just one our and five minutes Long. AS ALWAYS FANTASTIC!

Elvis replied to a comment, I couldn't catch, "You're only as young as you feel, and we're all big kids at heart" He screwed up his nose as he said it, he looked so cute! I will not be bringing back any Menus etc, as there aren't any!! As you only get drinks, there is nothing on the table.. You can't even keep your glossy card picture tickets, you have to fill them in and they keep both sections.


December 4 1976 (Saturday - Dinner Show)
Showroom, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada
         

Review

December 4 1976 Dinner Show
Review by Gregory Chambers - Elvis News Service Weekly, Issue 282 (February 12 1977)

As the strain of the '2001' Theme started up I began to feel that I had achieved my lifelong ambition - to see Elvis live on stage. When he walked out from behind the curtain dressed in a white jumpsuit I found it hard to believe that this was the man who had started it all way back in '56. That this was the man who I and nearly two-hundred others from Great Britain had come thousands of miles to see and here he was complete with buckskin shoes and guitar, this was my idol, ELVIS PRESLEY.

'I Got A Woman' was his first number and he finished this off by having us all singing 'Amen'. This was followed by more Elvis songs like 'Love Me', 'Softly A I Leave You', 'Love Me Tender' was the song that Elvis handed out most of his scarves, one of them to a girl of about eighteen to twenty who had climbed up on her table and had started wiggling about in front of Elvis who gave her a kiss also. Another lucky person was a little boy dressed in a green suit and aged about five to seven years, his mother had put him up on to the stage where he then walked over to Elvis who kissed him on the cheek and gave him a scarf.

Then Elvis said "I would like to introduce you to an old friend of mine who is in the audience tonight. Mr Roy Orbison, also my father Vernon and my daughter Lisa Marie". Roy Orbison stood up and took a bow. Of course Elvis also introduced the members of his backing group.

Elvis proceeded to sing other songs which he was well known for songs like 'America', 'Hurt'. Elvis said "Ladies and gentlemen this concert would not be complete if i did not sing this next number which is a Gospel favourite of mine." 'How Great Thou Art'. The most beautiful version of this song that I've ever heard then followed, and at the end he raised his voice so high that he could have done with out the microphone. "Ladies and gentlemen we have another concert coming up shortly so we are going to have to go" The music starts and Elvis sings the lines to 'Cant Help Falling In Love'. His bodyguards were on the stage now trying their best to keep people from climbing onto the stage to touch Elvis.

As the last notes of the final song were played out the curtains began to close and Elvis was escorted from the stage by his men. THE LIVING LEGEND WAS GONE.


December 4 1976 (Saturday - Midnight Show)
Showroom, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada
         

Review

December 4 1976 Midnight Show
Review by Teresa Currie - Elvis News Service Weekly, Issue 281 (January 18 1977)

Elvis wore a white jumpsuit with a red eagle on it. Sherrill sang 'Danny Boy' and another Gospel song ('Walk With Me') Also, one of Joe's guitarists played a solo.

The language was quite something! as one girl was shouting while Elvis was talking and he called out "SHUT UP" in a real loud voice, plus other words that I couldn't possibly write down!!

Pauline Collins (London) was given Elvis' glass of gatorade, so was really pleased. We all took turns in having a quick sip (something like Holy Communion.!!) Elvis complained of being dry and so drank a lot of water. He played to the other side of the stage, as ours was so wild and again did a beautiful version of 'How Great Thou Art'.


December 5 1976 (Sunday - 10.00pm Show)
Showroom, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada
         

Review

December 5 1976 10.00pm Show
Review by Don Bekeleski - Elvis News Service Weekly, Issue 278 (January 1977)

In this review I will avoid most of the songs Elvis sang as they wore his usual and his and our favourites.

This show had the usual openings except Kahane was staying on longer than usual and everyone noticed this. He even told some new jokes but not too many people laughed anyway. Instead of '2001' starting the orchestra kept playing a stall. Then Charlie Hodge came out to the mic' that was set there for Elvis, The mic' was not on and Charlie yelled to the control booth "Turn the God damn mic' on" (I still wonder what would have happened if Elvis bad began to sing and that mic' was off?) Charlie announced that Elvis had sprained his ankle but he was getting dressed and would be out shortly.

After '2001' Elvis came out this time from the left side. He wasn't limping but he was walking real slow. As he was singing 'C.C. Rider' he pointed to his right ankle with a look of ouch on his face. He sang 'I Got A Woman' but naturally when it got to his "shuck a shuck" routine with the drums he only moved his left leg at first, then gently started both legs and I think he did it great despite tho ankle. He then explained how it happened. He said. "In my bedroom" (screams) "there is a step that goes down to the bathroom. It was dark and as I hit that step, boom". Ho said he would still do his best to give us one hell of a show and he sure did.

Elvis said a lot of people didn't think he know how to play tho guitar so he would like to sing this next song and play the guitar too. Now to do this Charlie Hodge had to stand next to Elvis facing him and holding a mic' to Elvis mouth. The song was 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?'. AS this song progressed it became more comical. You have to listen to the words of tho song to appreciate this. Charlie started to act like Elvis was singing the song to him. When Elvis talked the words "Are you lonesome tonight" Charlie nodded yes after which Elvis hit him lightly with the butt and of the guitar. Elvis laughed and said "This clown is digging this". All through the song Elvis and Charlie laughed moro and more. It was very funny and the audience cracked up.

Elvis then sat on a stool to keep his weight off the sore ankle. He then said on top of the ankle he had heartburn and he could sure use some Rolaids. This was another opening for my wife as she always carries Rolaids. She asked Elvis if he wanted some. He said he sure would appreciate it and she got another scarf. He talked about the ring he was wearing. It was a black diamond. He had boon looking for one for fourteen years. He said it doesn't shine or anything, it's just there. He said it's sort of like Charlie.

After a couple of songs ho got off the stool. He stayed on his two feet during the rest of tho show. Elvis introduced his dad and daughter Lisa who wore in the audience. A little girl was put on stage when Elvis was looking the other way. When he turned back he jerkod in surprise and gave the little girl a scarf and a kiss. A little boy got on stage and put a necklace around Elvis' head. It only went down as far as his forehead being too small. It had black voodoo like tooth and Elvis stood there looking like a witch doctor. Elvis was on one hour and thirty-five minutes.

I apologise for not listing the songs but I felt the fans want to know the little things that happen on stage. There were no new or different songs or I surely would have mentioned them. This show he wore a white outfit with blue decorations on it.

 

December 5 1976 10.00pm Show
Review by Teresa Currie - Elvis News Service Weekly, Issue 281 (January 18 1977)

Elvis came on the other side of the stage, late, due to spraining his ankle. He explained that he was on the way from his bedroom (lots of cheers) and he slipped down from the steps from the bed, whilst on the way to the bathroom. Then he said - "What'd I say?" & everyone laughed. He wore the same suit as Opening Show, which is one of my favourites. Elvis said he would have to take it easy. He started off singing 'Blue Christmas' and 'Thats All Right' and omitted the regular medley of 'Love Me' etc. He told us about the black diamond ring he got two weeks ago. He studies numerology and astrology and for his birthday, January 8th, he should have either a dark sapphire, black pearl, or black diamond. Two police officers managed to find this diamond at a Collectors. He went on to say whilst showing us, it took him fifteen years to find one, as he didn't think they were in much demand, because they don't shine, they just look like a lump of coal, and don't do anything, "a bit like Charlie" (laughter) Next came 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' with Charlie standing by Elvis' side holding the mic'. The expressions on both their faces, were priceless, and Elvis really cracked up.

'Fever' which was crazy to do, as he was really moving around which must have done his ankle a lot of good. 'Hurt' I don't think I will ever get over seeing him perform this number. 'America' I should have mentioned before, the standing ovations he has been getting at every show, sometimes as many as six. This really pleases him and he crinkles up his nose and looks really cute.

Vernon and Lisa were introduced this show.

Brenda gave Elvis a large mirror and she got a scarf, unfortunately he couldn't bend down so there were not many kisses. One woman called out to Elvis for a scarf, and he told her she would have to come to him. So she did. Then she just hugged him and kissed him saying she had dreamed about this happening for nineteen years. Another girl called out, and he told Charlie to give her a scarf, or boot, or anything else she wanted!! A little girl was put up on the stage, and Elvis gave her a scarf and a kiss, then said to Lisa, "It's only show, baby." This was a terrific show, but we were all worried that he didn't rest his ankle at all.


December 6 1976 (Monday - 10.00pm Show)
Showroom, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada
         

Review

December 6 1976 10.00pm Show
Review by Teresa Currie - Elvis News Service Weekly, Issue 281 (January 18 1977)

Boulevard Indian jumpsuit, wearing his TCB ring again. Guys in Blue. A Japanese Fan interrupted, Elvis told her to "HANG ON".

Told Sherrill to do high notes on 'I Got A Woman'. Told us he was wearing a brace and lots of gauze etc. Told Bill about the sound being bad, "Can they do anything apart from turn the whole damn thing off?" "Tiptoe trough the Tulips". Girl gave him a shirt, and a Father Christmas hat, and the band played 'Jingle Bells'.

Rosemary Leech gave him a real funny picture, which he loved. One girl gave him a crazy rag doll, and Elvis said it looked like he felt. And another girl gave him a false nose, and he sang 'Fever' with it on. Working on a sprain during 'Polk Salad Annie' Elvis threw a full glass of water at The Sweet Inspirations, and Sylvia then threw one back and soaked Elvis. Elvis then gave his glass to Rosemary Leech who was seated at our table. 'Help Me Make It Through The Night' followed.

Sherrill sang two numbers ('Danny Boy' and 'Walk With Me') and Kathy sang one ('My Heavenly Father'). A girl gave him a Police man's hat with a light on. Elvis was obviously in a lot of pain, and told the audience, he can tolerate pain, but when it is affecting his singing, he had to stop, and he hoped by tomorrow night it would be better.


December 7 1976 (Tuesday - 10.00pm Show)
Showroom, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada
C. C. Rider
      Run On°
I Got A Woman / Amen       Run On°
Love Me       Run On°
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)       Run On°
You Gave Me A Mountain       Run On°
O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never       Run On°
Blue Christmas       Run On°
That's All Right       Run On°
Are You Lonesome Tonight?       Run On°
Softly As I Leave You       Run On°
Fever
      Run On°
All Shook Up       Run On°
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel       Run On°
Introductions / Band solos       Run On°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)   Run On°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       Run On°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       Run On°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       Run On°
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       Run On°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Run On°
_Love Letters       Run On°
Introductions       Run On°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       Run On°
Hurt       Run On°
Hound Dog       Run On°
Hawaiian Wedding Song       Run On°
You Better Run       Run On°
Bosom Of Abraham       Run On°
Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp       Run On°
Christmas Announcement       Run On°

Review

December 7 1976 10.00pm Show
Review by Teresa Currie - Elvis News Service Weekly, Issue 281 (January 18 1977)

Boulevard Album Suit. Guys dressed in Red. Elvis explained about the pinched nerve in his right leg, that the pain starts at his his leg, and added, "and thats as far as I'm prepared to go" (laughter) Kept drinking water as he said he had "17 frogs in my throat and I may turn and spit" (laughter).


December 8 1976 (Wednesday - 10.00pm Show)
Showroom, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada
         

December 9 1976 (Thursday - 10.00pm Show)
Showroom, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada
         

Review

December 9 1976 10.00pm Show
Review by Martha Collins - Elvis News Service Weekly, Issue 279-80 (January 1977)

The Hilton is decorated for Christmas, with tinsel and trees everywhere. But the best Christmas decorations are the Elvis Christmas carols played over the loud speaker system throughout the hotel: Souvenirs are being sold this time for the Nevada Heart Association and include prints of paintings which are both lovely and reasonable in price ($5. and $2.) (Unless you buy then framed - at which point the price becomes UNreasonable. Also at the souvenir booth - SOLD OUT signs! What will the Colonel think of next?!)

Arriving Thursday, a week after Opening Night, we had missed some excitement - and some bad news. Vernon Presley entered the hospital late Wednesday night. Elvis said he was better but didn't say what the problem is. And Elvis sprained his ankle Sunday night. He arrived on stage late and explained rather comically that he'd gone into the bathroom without turning on the light and had forgotten about the step down. Next thing he knew he was flat on the floor with a twisted and painful ankle. He was lucky not to be more seriously hurt. (Can you imagine what his bathroom in the Imperial Suite looks like?! Now we know it's sunken and large!) At any rate, this accident forced him to sit down for several songs during the shows this week and lead to some of the funniest moments on stage that I've seen!

Stars in the audience Wednesday night: Very Griffin, Liza Minelli, and Tanya Tucker. Observers said Vernon Presley was introduced as well and received a bigger hand than anyone else!!

On Thursday (9th) Elvis was on one hour and fifteen minutes and once again, all the hassles and expense of traveling to Vegas were worth it! He looks fantastic - his weight is similar, I would say, to what it was in 1972; not the hungry lean look of 1970 but still very nice indeed! He wore a white suit (what else?) with colourful geometric designs; his hair was cut shorter with the effect of bangs falling across his forehead. This creates a part to one side and of course some skin shows there-- which may be what the critics who are yelling "Bald" are talking about. "Bald" he isn't! The sideburns are still quite long.

He came on slightly late and was immediately beset by technical problems which plagued him all evening. The stage monitors were set so low that those on stage couldn't hear each other and there was also the perennial mic' feedback, (You'd think such problems could be solved, he'd complained earlier in the week of this as well.) Also a problem is the desert dryness - we're all feeling it more than usual - and Elvis drank copiously on stage. He commented right after 'C.C. Rider': "Las Vegas will dry you up like a prune! So we drink water...and it stays there... all the time on stage...Otherwise you'd see this..." And he crossed his legs and bent over slightly with an unmistakable look of agony on his face! From that we knew he was in a very happy and "loose" mood. He laughed a lot; he posed a lot: Elvis the Charging Bull; Elvis the Little Boy; Delighted Elvis; Elvis Raising One Eyebrow and Making Faces; Elvis the Chipmunk. There is nothing more enjoyable - to me at least - than a show where Elvis is so happy that he explodes into wide grins and laughter and cuts up at every opportunity! He was offered several gifts - accepted a decoupage of the well-known old photo of him in that big hat at age two. Elvis showed it to us and a man in the audience yelled out: "That was an ugly baby!" Elvis never blinked, nodded, and said matter-of-factly: "Still is." Nothing bothered him!

Women in the audience spent much time screaming and carrying on loud attempts at conversation with Elvis. To one insistent female Elvis retorted with mock seriousness: "This is a show, not an orgy!" Later he confessed: "A girl asked me 'Can I hold your...mic'?' My heart stopped! I wasn't sure at first what she wanted to hold!" A woman toward the back yelled: "Give the little people a scarf" "Give the little people a scarf?!! What are you?? Midgets?!" Everyone laughed and Elvis turned to sing "The most idiotic song I ever recorded" : 'Hound Dog', Suddenly, in the middle of the song, he walked to the far left on the stage and said: "Some of you 'little people' come down here," I'm sure security would have liked to wring his neck at that point as more than a hundred women scurried toward the stage. He gave out scarves to the multitudes who apparently believed he'd stay still forever. He didn't! Right after this, Elvis revealed that his father had gone to the hospital after the last show yesterday, but was doing much better. At this the audience gasped, then applauded, and Elvis sang 'Help Me' for his father. After 'America', he prefaced his introductions of the band and singers by praising them for doing "such an adequate job" He wasn't pleased in general with the sound, but never lost his temper over it nor his sense of humour. The intros have evolved into a long affair involving solo work by each member of the band and by the orchestra with Elvis joining in at times. As he introduced The Stamps ("one of the best gospel quartets in the country...and in some parts of Oklahoma") he took out a small card. "This is The Stamps official business card," he said carefully. "which says - JD wrote this - 1. We are the #1 gospel quartet in the world and 2, I have the most fantastic voice in the world. I'm not kidding!" JD of course nearly died! The band solos were excellent - great musicians. Next 'Hurt' received a standing ovation - one of three that night. After a lovely rendition of 'Hawaiian Wedding Song', Elvis mumbled, "You've been a fantastic audience but I've got to get out of here"! and the strains of 'Can't Help Falling In Love' heralded the end of the show as did the disappointed moans of the audience.

Obviously, from the afore-mentioned song titles, Elvis is doing the basic shows he's been doing for some three years, but he continually adds and subtracts numbers so one never knows exactly what songs he'll do. Surely the highlight of the show tonight was when he sat down (stage centre on the blue velvet chair) and sang several songs while playing his guitar. 'Blue Christmas', 'That's All Right', and 'Softly As I Leave You' preceded 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' This last was hilarious: Charlie stands by Elvis holding his mic'. Another mic' on a stand is used for the guitar. Thus Charlie and Elvis are more or less in each other's lap for the song and they make the wildest faces - think of the words and imagine Elvis singing them to Charlie! "They say the world's a stage and I'm getting ready to get off of it right now," Elvis sang, shortly to convulse with laughter and stop the speaking part altogether, Charlie would turn slowly to the audience with a sly smile on his face and nod answers to Elvis - it was hard to tell who was teasing whom! The audience laughed more during this "sad" song than it did during all of Jackie Kahane's routine! There's nothing like watching Elvis go hysterical - when he throws his head back and crinkles up his nose, he not only looks utterly adorable but it is impossible not to join him in laughter! "We gonna bring da curtain down!" Elvis gasped at the end and they nearly did!


December 10 1976 (Friday - Dinner Show)
Showroom, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada
         

Review

December 10 1976 9.00pm Dinner Show
Review by Martha Collins - Elvis News Service Weekly, Issue 279-80 (January 1977)

Las Vegas is like the Army - you hurry up and you wait. You wait in line, you wait for drinks, you wait for the show to begin, and lastly, you wait for the warm-ups to get through their acts So Elvis will appear! At times it seems we will all turn old and grey before Elvis sings 'C.C. Rider' again! About the only benefit (besides the ultimate of seeing Elvis) is the opportunity to meet and converse with other fans (and use the restroom before HE comes on.) We were delighted to bump into one of the Memphis regulars in the showroom tonight. as always, she fills us in on the Memphis gossip. She told us that Linda Thompson was not in Vegas this time and that she is busy denying the Photoplay interviews which have been appearing with alarming regularity lately. Nevertheless, LA fans swear they saw her talking to a known Photoplay reporter in a LA restaurant. Elvis is currently dating the sister of the current Miss Tennessee, Miss MidSouth Fair, Ginger Alden. Word in Memphis is that Ginger is so smitten with ... Elvis that she is telling anyone who will listen that they are getting married! Ginger's picture appeared in the Memphis paper recently - she is gorgeous; yes, fans, ol' Elvis has done it again!

At long last, Joe Guercio and the Hot Hilton Horns started the show with a 'Fifth Of Beethoven'. The Stamps, wearing the same bright yellow outfits every show (Elvis said they looked like bananas!), greeted us with 'Great Good Morning', 'Gone At Last', 'Operator', and 'Swing Low Sweet Chariot' (joined in the last by JD.) The Sweet Inspirations did 'Get Away', 'If You Leave Me Now', and 'Sweet Inspiration'. All were excellent in what they do, but none of them are Elvis!!

Elvis strode out in the white jumpsuit with three tones of blue striped across the shoulder and chest and down the legs which he was wearing in 1974. (In jumpsuits at least, Elvis is not wasteful.) The suit is beautiful and Elvis apparently likes it! He glanced down and checked himself out, commenting: "Whew! There's nothing like getting dressed fast! Boy! We brought my dad out of the hospital today and he's just fine." (Enthusiastic cheers and applause.) "It's hard to get into a one-piece suit, you know, without hurting yourself!" (We all pictured that and giggled uncontrolled for a few seconds.) After 'I Got A Woman' and 'Amen', a man dressed like Elvis lifted up a darling little girl to the stage. Elvis is like a moth to the flame with children and immediately went to her, kissed her, and gave her a scarf, to the delight of the audience. "Anyway, what I was trying to say was that we're here to sing a lot of songs, old ones, new ones. We're here to entertain you. So just have a good time." Elvis stopped and looked like a little boy asking for a cookie - "O,K.?" he added, as if uncertain what we had in mind!! The wild applause reassured him and he dove into 'Love Me', and general scarf distribution. "Merry Christmas, Elvis" a girl called out. "Merry Christmas to you too, sweetheart," Elvis replied softly. Then into 'All Shook Up', 'Don't Be Cruel' and 'Teddy Bear' - a medley.

Next, almost without a pause, was 'You Gave Me A Mountain'. "This next song has so many words in it," Elvis began, shaking his head. Another scream: "May I please have a kiss?" Elvis looked up, his concentration broken. "What, honey?" The girl repeated her question, loudly and insistently. A look of frustration crossed Elvis' face for an instant, and then he puckered up and kissed in the girl's direction, without moving an inch, Everyone laughed, except perhaps the girl! Then Elvis jumped into 'Jailhouse Rock', sang a line, then stopped, mumbling to himself, "Oh, Lord, I blew it, I blew it... Let me explain something to you," he said, after scolding himself a bit more. "We have a new sound system and at every show we have to make some adjustments." He glared at the speakers and mic' and added, "Son-of-a-bitch," then into 'Jailhouse Rock', this time successfully, ending with a slowed-down coda and going falsetto on the last note - delightful!

"In 1960, we recorded a song based on 'O Sole Mio' and changed the words to it. I'm going to ask Sherrill Neilsen to sing the Italian version for you now - listen to his voice." Sherrill launched into an abbreviated version, sung with exaggerated care and high notes. To our amazement and amusement, Elvis watched him, nose to nose virtually, mouth open, looks of horror and disgust alternating with a wide-eyed though silent imitation of Sherrill. How Sherrill was able to keep a straight face I'll never know - even The Sweet Inspirations completely cracked up next to him - Elvis' face is so mobile - he could have been a comedian! Then we were treated to a lovely rendition of 'It's Now Or Never', complete with high notes of operatic caliber. Before sitting down to do the set of four songs, Elvis talked to the many women who were pleading for scarves and kisses. "You want a scarf to bring home to Louisiana? And Dallas?" And Elvis obliged as best he could. As he sat down, several women called out how much they loved him, to which he replied, most seriously: "I love you too. And we're here to put on a good show for you and do things that you like. That's what it's all about." Then he promptly launched into 'It's Now Or Never' AGAIN!, stopped, giggled, and pulled himself together to sing 'Blue Christmas'.

By the middle of 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?', sheer hysteria reigned on both sides of the stage - by the end, we were all sore from laughing, Elvis included, I'm sure! Charlie outdid himself with facial expressions and Elvis dissolved into guffaws at every other line, as did the audience. If this is your favourite romantic song, you have my apology, but every fan should have the privilege, nonetheless, of seeing Elvis totally destroy this!! In response to requests, Elvis rolled into 'Steamroller Blues', always a heavy number. (Though he apparently wasn't pleased with it, as we learned the next night.) "I should apologise for swearing so much," Elvis added, "You know why I do it?? It's because I'm so goddamned rotten!" he said with a smile. And on we went for an hour and ten minutes, ending with the usual standing ovation!


December 10 1976 (Friday - Midnight Show)
Showroom, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada
         

Review

December 10 1976 Midnight Show (1.00am, December 11)
Review by Martha Collins - Elvis News Service Weekly, Issue 279-80 (January 1977)

Virtually the first thing Elvis did tonight was apologise for the problems with the sound system. As soon as he'd blown through 'C.C. Rider', he said: "Ah, let me try to explain something to you. We're testing some new equipment during the show up on stage here - I'd like to tell then what we're hearing and what we need to hear. It won't affect our entertaining you - 'cause that's what it's all about." Applause rang out and so did a female voice: "You look great, Elvis!" "Thank you, dear," Elvis smiled sweetly at her. He went into his "Wells", did a couple, then stopped in surprise. "Now see, when the band's not playing it sounds real good up here!" The band and audience joined in the laughter. "I just calls them as I sees them, son!" Elvis laughed. "Could I have some water? My mouth feels like the Mojave Desert, I hate Las Vegas!" A lot of mouths opened at that, then came cheers of agreement and applause. During the 'Amen', Elvis asked us to sing with us. "We need all the help we can get!" and playfully kept raising the key! He stopped and shook his shoulders while Ronnie Tutt kept pace with the drums, part of the regular "checking out the drummer's reflexes". One leg jerked sideways, drawing screams. "It's nothing," Elvis smiled innocently, "Just a spasm." He wiggled a bit more, then shook his head. "Ah, you don't know what to do! He has nothing for a neck move!" David Briggs threw in an arpeggio on the electric clavichord (which Elvis delights in calling a clavicle!) "Let me tell you something. If you had to sit in front of these bass drums - son - it's like shot guns going off - it'll part your hair - whooo - right down the middle! Let me see, what was I doing, what was I at, and why?" Back to the "spasms" and JD's rumblings to end the song, but while JD was growling, Elvis shouted to no one in particular - "Turn this damn microphone off!" Then when JD was done Elvis stepped forward, picked up the mic' on its stand and asked: "Does anyone want this tinny son-of-a-bitch?!" The audience went hysterical and he lifted it as if to throw it to the nearest bidder! One man in the front agreed to take it, and Elvis said wildly: "You got it! Give it to him," he continued, yielding the mic' to calmer hands. "That is the most tinny, son-of-a-bitch, awful," (unclear mumbling, perhaps fortunately!) "microphone I have ever heard!!" The audience, at first shocked, cheered wildly in return, though I'm not at all sure why! "I'm not going to get up here and try to sing because these damn microphones are cheap! I ain't gonna do it, you know!" The audience still cheered. "Cause this is my living, folks, my life!" Charlie gave him a new mic' and he promptly became tangled up in the cord. "Now I'm going to hang myself in the cord," he announced. It took him several seconds to separate himself from said cord while we couldn't help laughing because he looked so ridiculous! Then, amazingly, he returned to 'I Got A Woman' and finished it as if nothing had happened.

"I'd like to welcome you to the show and say that I'm happy that you're here..." A woman called out: "We're happy YOU'RE here". More enthusiastic cheers and applause. "I want to make a statement before we start the show. I will never," and his words were slow and biting, "never do 'Steamroller' again." More shock from the audience. "Those horns..." He looked down. "No, I'm only kidding." Before we had a chance to try to figure out just what he meant he launched into 'Love Me', leaving us wondering. "This next song we're going to attempt to do is by Olivia Newton's John - or whatever - 'If You Love Me (Let Me Know)' - if you don't... move it, baby." After 'You Gave Me A Mountain', Elvis turned again to the sound system. "I tell you what we have to do. We're going to have the sound engineers check out the system. It's not coming out the way it's supposed to. It will just take a few seconds and then we'll get right back into it". (For some reason, Elvis pronounced into as INTO!). "It has to be done...because they're giving off different sounds and they're brand new. What? Let's have The Stamps do 'Sweet, Sweet Spirit'. Bill Porter - you guys? - Get these microphones right!" The Stamps began to sing in their places but Elvis, drinking water, turned and imperiously and firmly said, "NEGATIVE!" and motioned for them to take stage centre! In the rush to get there, a couple of mic' stands crashed to the floor and Elvis, off-mic', yelled, "What happened? JD fall down?? Ka-boom!!" (This was an imitation of an explosion - priceless and impossible to explain) "Fools!" How The Stamps managed to sing at that point, I don't know! After the first phrase, ("There's a Sweet, Sweet Spirit in this place...") Elvis, with a look of utter hopelessness on his face, muttered "God!", again off-mic', but again, we all heard him. Elvis cut up during the song just enough to ruin the effect, but no one in the audience seemed to mind! For a singer, he sure can keep an audience in stitches! (A new topic for the Fan Clubs - has Elvis missed his calling?) "No, no, Now do 'Why Me Lord' JD get down here. You have to work for a living too" JD rumbled into the song, but Elvis wasn't going to make it easy for him, immediately inserting "microphones" after the phrase "to deserve even one..." To do this, he came up and borrowed a mic' from Buck Buckles, the new tenor. Elvis again teamed with Buck to sing in the chorus. All the teasing finally got to JD and he began singing the first verse again and both he and Elvis sang "And I-You forgot the words" at the end while everyone cracked up yet again.

Tonight Elvis wore the many-coloured pastel Indian design with feathers depicted on the white background - it's very ornate and breathtaking. (But it's not new - as far as we can tell, he hasn't worn anything new in some time.) The show was a bit shorter, lasting an hour and five minutes. As if to prove that Ginger Alden was in the audience, he turned at a particularly loud squeal and asked in mock shock, "Is that you, Ginger?" After the introductions, he asked Sherrill Nielsen to sing 'Danny Boy' and 'Walk With Me', a gospel song. During this time, Elvis sat in Sherrill's seat, which is at the edge of the stage, on the audience's right - which just happened to be where we were sitting! Sherrill was excellent - and loud - but we spent all our time watching Elvis, who sat with his legs up and his feet on the chair rung, like a little boy, enjoying the music, and occasionally chatting with the singers, (It's amazing how physically close one can get to Elvis in Vegas, unlike on tour. What can I say? It's fantastic!) After Sherrill was through, Elvis praised him, then told him to go sit down! Finally turning serious, after a beautiful rendition of 'Hawaiian Wedding Song', Elvis told us: "I can't express to you how grateful we are that you cane here to see the show tonight. You're fantastic. Be careful going home, Till we see you again, Adios,"


December 11 1976 (Saturday - Dinner Show)
Showroom, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada
         

Review

December 11 1976 9.00pm Dinner Show
Review by Martha Collins - Elvis News Service Weekly, Issue 279-80 (January 1977)

Jackie Kahane complained tonight that Elvis was being mean to him. "If he'd only let me sing - but he's so jealous" Right, Jackie!

Elvis wore the multi-coloured Indian jumpsuit again, and his part of the show was nearly twenty minutes late in getting started. (There's nothing like extra minutes of Jackie Kahane and the orchestra - it really gets painful!) "Ladies and gentlemen, before I do anything in the world," Elvis said immediately after 'C.C. Rider' (which was sung with great energy and enthusiasm), "I'd like to apologise about being a few minutes late. I had some personal problems that came up and so... it takes a while to get into this suit!" His voice went op at the end rather plaintively. "It takes five people to get me into this thing. A girl in the back just yelled 'take it off' Hell. I had a hard enough time getting it on! Argh - give me some water! Have you noticed the dryness here in Vegas? I think it's killed more singers off than Adolph Hitler did."

During the 'Amen' part of 'I Got A Woman', Elvis asked that the white lights be turned off him. As the band ground to a halt for JD's solo, Elvis asked again. "You see, all kidding aside, those white lights kill me. They really do." People in the audience shouted supportively: "Turn them off!" "It takes two years to relay this to them, you know. They've got computers and a guy with a tape in his mouth, you know." He looked up and said between clenched teeth: "I asked you to take the white lights off of me... PLEASE." The audience again shouted support and applauded - it's interesting how audiences take up Elvis' complaints as their own! "That means all of them except the middle one. There you go...thank you." Great cheers. During the "checking-out" session that followed, the squeals were particularly loud. Elvis turned around. "Charlie, watch my flanks!" he commanded, fully aware of the double entendre - believe me, a lot of us were watching his flanks quite closely!! "I'd like to welcome you to the show and tell you that you came to the wrong place - I'm Wayne Newton." (Funny how no one believed him!) "I hope we do something that you like. Enjoy yourselves!"

After 'Love Me', in response to numerous requests, Elvis told a girl: "We'll do them all. Yes, 'Burning Love'..." At that, the girl began screaming uncontrollably. Elvis looked thoughtful a moment and added: "We're not going to do 'Burning Love' tonight, I'll guarantee you." He walked forward: "Yes, dear? You've got some overalls for me?! I got rid of them in Mississippi about two-hundred years ago!" He held them up - faded and stylish, they were well-decorated with hearts and his name. "I can't put them on! You gotta be kidding me! Lord have mercy!" He turned and handed them to Charlie, who began climbing into them. Elvis looked at him, then turned with his nose in the air: "Well,. Charlie's from Alabama..." The audience went into hysterics - Charlie looked funny, to say the least.

After 'You Gave Me A Mountain', Elvis asked, "Does it sound better out there? It sounds better up here too," as if finishing a conversation started last night! "This new sound system...Bill Porter... these sound engineers..." He apparently couldn't find the right words to describe all these, fortunately! But he seemed more pleased with the results at long last. The audience was quite noisy - which brought this comment: "You can tell it's Saturday night. I'm not time conscious, you know, but I KNOW when it's SATURDAY NIGHTI" And to our shock, he launched into an entire verse of 'Rip It Up'!!! Fantastic! He'd been introducing 'O Sole Mio'/'It's Now Or Never' and went back to that. "Sherrill is going to do the Italian version. I'm going to do the ancient Hindu version". With that, he imitated the wailing sound of Indian music, sending us again into fits of laughing. While Sherrill sang, Elvis had us laughing at his unbelievable antics and his petulant, "You bastard!" directed at Sherrill during a flowery passage. (Finally Elvis just kicked him in the stomach!) "I'd like to go way back in time to some of my first records, Like 'Blue Suede Shoes'.... 'Old Shep'?? I'll give you Old Shep!" he muttered with disgust. "'Love He Tender'? I'll love you tender, dear, just give me a little time!" You can imagine the reaction to that!

"There's somebody out in the audience that I dearly love. You all - maybe - have heard of Priscilla?" Wild applause. "Her mother and daddy are here. He's retired from the Air Force. This is the first time that they've seen me in at least two years. I'd like to dedicate this next song to him because - he's weird. This song has so many words - I have three Indians coming in to translate it." With no explanation of Col. Beaulieu's weirdness, Elvis waited for Charlie to hand him the words to the song. "That's not the right song!" Elvis tsk-tsked a bit, then smiled at us - "See, I make it look like it's his fault. But it's not they didn't even know about this!" For his pains, Charlie ended up with water splashed all over him, but Elvis hadn't reckoned with Charlie's new aggressiveness. Charlie grabbed a glass and threw some at Elvis as he walked forward. Elvis jumped, then jumped again as his microphone gave him a slight shock! (which may sound funny - it was - but they shouldn't take such chances - not long ago a young rock singer was killed when his microphone electrocuted him!) We were treated to 'My Way', but Elvis found it necessary to use the word sheet for the whole song.

After the usual spine-tingling 'Hurt', Elvis stepped forward. "You've been a great audience to work to. But we have another show to do tonight, and we've been on for over an hour." Shouts of protest. "Well, I don't care - we love to sing and play music for you. But there are certain rules and regulations that we must - abide by." (These last two words said in a high, nasal tone of superiority.) The audience began shouting titles of songs, almost in desperation. Elvis listened and let them shout a while, then muttered, as if speaking only to Charlie: "Shoot. Listen to then. They'd go at it all night. Sure, sure. You're damn right." He went into 'Hawaiian Wedding Song', and then immediately into 'Can't Help Falling In Love'.


December 11 1976 (Saturday - Midnight Show)
Showroom, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada
         

Review

December 11 1976 Midnight Show (1.00am, December 12)
Review by Martha Collins - Elvis News Service Weekly, Issue 279-80 (January 1977)

There are a lot of men trotting around here dressed like Elvis, same hair colour and style, etc. My own opinion of these people is that they look silly - I appreciate their admiration but I deplore their loss of individuality. Thus we were pleasantly surprised to see the famous Alan sit down at the table next to ours. He wore a normal suit, and there was nothing of the star about him. He was alone, and very quiet, and unassuming. We were among the few who recognised him - one girl went to him and asked for an autograph, and he was genuinely surprised we knew him!. In person he doesn't even resemble Elvis and is almost painfully thin. But he certainly won some fans by his modest manner!!

I might add that the new bus the Stands bought (complete with TCB on it) and took to Graceland recently to show Elvis is parked out front in the Hilton parking lot. During Waiting Time tonight we met a fan who had sat next to the lady who supervises Room Service at the Hilton at an earlier show. She had some interesting things to say! All the Hilton help find Elvis' stints here exhausting. He simply brings in too many people for them to comfortably handle. In comparison, John Davidson, set to open recently, had only 150 reservations for his entire engagement and cancelled out at the last minute. Dionne Warwick had 300 reservations and did play. Elvis' friends cost the Hilton quite a bit too - the Room Service Supervisor indicated that they supply about $3,000. worth of liquor for parties. She has been up to the suite and told the fan that Elvis himself doesn't drink, but his friends sure do, and that Elvis is very quiet and generally sits in a corner and watches TV. His tastes are simple, but he did ask for his bacon to be "burnt crisp like at a truckstop"! All room and board for Elvis and his people is gratis.

Tonight Elvis wore the Red Bird jumpsuit - another lovely-but-at-least-two-years-old outfit. The women began conversing with him as soon as 'C.C. Rider' was over and he paused and chatted briefly with them. Finally he shook his head at the screams and yells: "It's tough handling all these women, fellas," he smiled. "You handle them v-e-r-y c-a-r-e-f-u-l_l_y!" After several. "Wells", one girl became totally unglued and squealed, "Oh, my God!" sending Elvis and the rest of the audience into chuckles. Elvis and JD started exchanging low notes between laughs, but the girl still couldn't keep still. In the midst of a "well" Elvis turned to her and said, very high and weird-sounding, "HUSH, HONEY!" bringing applause and cheers! Then, "JD! Don't laugh into the microphone! You sound like God calling" (Brief imitation of JD. hilarious! Sounded like either God or Santa Claus!) And after JD's solo "flight" down the scale, Elvis told us: "I have to tell you where he goes - for those of you who know something about the piano. He goes down to the last E- that's one-and-a-half notes from the bottom of the piano." Much applause. "Now that other bass singer - he just goes down..." (If you don't know the colloquial meaning of that, forget it - but Elvis meant it just that way because he smirked and then rushed into the ending of the song!) A little girl stood up as he finished, with her arms out to him. He went to her, and commented: "My daughter would be jealous of that dress!" He kissed her and gave her a scarf. "Dogs and children. You got to be careful of them. I've done thirty-eight movies and they'll upstage you every time! Kids and dogs..." he mused. "They usually had me singing to one - a dog - or a bull!"

"I'd like to do a song from when I first started...oh, about a year ago.." Much sympathetic laughter! 'Tryin' To Get To You', Charlie reached for the word sheets and Elvis snapped at him: "I know the darn song!" A little later, Elvis huddled with Charlie and in a conspiratory tone, tried to decide what song to sing next, leading the audience on as if they would consider suggestions, 'Jailhouse Rock' followed, suggestions ignored. "Sing 'Moody Blue'" someone shouted. "Moody Blue??! I haven't even heard it yet!!" About to sit down for the 'Blue Christmas' set, Elvis, out-of-the-blue, began singing a gospel song ('Until Then'). The Stamps alone joined in and they finished an entire verse while we - and the band - sat enraptured. "We've never done that in our lives before - I swear!" Elvis commented, while a man near me asked, "what brought that out??" What, indeed?!

At that point, someone handed him a toy Santa, with moveable hands and legs. "What's it do?" Elvis asked, taking it suspiciously. He looked it over gingerly, was about to hand it to Charlie, when curiosity overcame him and he pulled the hands up. Water gushed all over his chest, and all of us went totally hysterical! "OK. I'll buy that. Now that the son-of-a-bitch is empty, I'll buy that." Still laughing, Elvis sat down to sing. "I like to play the guitar some on each show...because I know three chords, That's about the extent of it, see. I love you too, honey, but you got to sit down and be quiet now because I'm doing 'Blue Christmas'!" This came out sounding hilarious and received supportive applause. Again, he answered the persistent females. "I love you too. Now shut up. Hey this son-of-a-bitch is out-of-tune." There followed frantic guitar checking, with Elvis apparently proven wrong! 'Softly As I Leave You' followed 'Blue Christmas', placing the room in a mellow, reflective mood. "You know we all love what we do. We love to entertain you. And none of us gets all that tired up here. So as long as you want us..." Great cheers and applause. "We have rehearsals that last for eight hours; and recording sessions that last for days...so... Yes, dear... 'Love Me Tender' will come later...if you'll shut up and let me do it!" Elvis mumbled about a bit more, tried to sing with ice in his mouth and couldn't, and the shouting of song titles from the audience increased. A man yelled: "Burning Love"! And Elvis yelled back just as loudly: "'Burning Love' Your Ass!" (We are all looking forward to this sequel to 'Burning Love'.) Once again the audience fell apart in hysterics. Immediately, he went into 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?', with studied seriousness. But Charlie outdid himself with funny faces and melodramatic acting he even turned the mic' away from Elvis at one point. Elvis, holding his guitar, asked him what he thought he was doing. "Checking my ring out" Charlie replied innocently. Elvis repeated that in amazement but had no time to react and went on to laugh his way through the speaking part. Just picture him saying, "Honey, you lied when you said you loved me," into Charlie's blinking eyes. "But I'd rather go on hearing your lies", Elvis continued somehow, "than have to look at your fag face!" How they finished the song, I'll never know!!

"I'd like to dedicate a song ...Priscilla, her mother and father are in the audience tonight. I love them dearly. They're in the centre booth. Please let them see you, Stand up." Priscilla apparently didn't want to stand, and Elvis repeated his command. "Stand up. Stand up, woman!" She did at last, to warm applause, but turned to Elvis with the spotlight on her and bowed to him in the Arabian manner, touching her forehead, mouth, and chest with her hand in obedience!! Her hair is short now, and much more blonde. 'My Way' again followed, and again, Elvis had to read the words.

"There are a couple of people in the audience I'd like to acknowledge, I know you've seen one of them on television quite a bit and you've seen the other one on the Johnny Carson show quite a bit. I'd like to introduce one of our fine actresses...Miss Kay Stevens, And this other lady is one of the finest singers and performers..Lola Falana." The ladies stood and acknowledged the applause, but the lighting men seemed to have trouble finding them. "See. They pay $3 million for the showroom and $1.50 for the lighting and sound equipment," Elvis sighed. He then threw himself into 'Hurt', receiving a wild ovation, Kathy Westmoreland was brought forward then to sing 'My Heavenly Father' - a beautiful song, beautifully done. Elvis came back on mic' to add with a smile, "We aims to please! And the evening wouldn't be complete without Sherrill singing 'Danny Boy' and 'Walk With Me'." After Sherrill finished Elvis commented: "Boy, he sings too pretty. We're going to hang him from the balcony before we leave here!" Elvis and Charlie went into a huddle again, and Elvis emerged to announce: "An old blues song. 'Reconsider Baby'." Everyone was caught by surprise - even Elvis! After a false start and with the words all mixed up, he gave us a different version of this great song, humming through lines he couldn't remember and trying to lead the band on. "We wouldn't be here if it weren't for you. We hope you've enjoyed something we've done. Till the next time around, God willing."


December 12 1976 (Sunday - Closing Show)
Showroom, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada
         

Review

December 12 1976 9.00pm Closing Show
Review by Martha Collins - Elvis News Service Weekly, Issue 279-80 (January 1977)

Elvis appeared tonight in a fantastic jumpsuit encrusted with turquoise and gold jewels in a medallion-like, crested design. I was assured that this too is not a new suit, but I'd never seen it before and it's breathtaking! (specially on Elvis!) 'C.C. Rider' began with Elvis sounding very weak and uninterested. Last night, in an off-mic' aside to the singers, he mouthed the words: "Only one more night here!" and made a face as if he were about to throw up. Add that to his earlier statement about hating Las Vegas and see what you get. For all practical purposes, the show at 1.00 last night was Closing Night - Elvis was wild and enthusiastic and went on for over one-and-a-half hours. Tonight seems pale by comparison - it's as if he's mentally left already. Unfortunately, the Memphis columnist is here tonight.

Tonight Elvis introduced himself as John Davidson (again we didn't believe him!) and seemed unable to concentrate on the show at hand. The audience - happy and vocal - didn't seem to care whether he sang or not anyway; the women in particular being more interested in how close they could get to him. Right after 'Love Me', Elvis said, "I have a request to do a song, done originally, I believe, by Frank Sinatra, written by Paul Anka - 'My Way'," He didn't say for whom he was singing it, and once again, he used the word sheet for the entire song. 'Fairytale' followed, and 'You Gave Me A Mountain' quickly after that, with little conversation. He was distracted by women in the audience to the point of asking where he was, not so much in a comical sense, but almost in a sleepy, confused way. He did 'Jailhouse Rock', then considered a request for 'Little Sister'. "Now look, fellas, uh, kids...I'll try to do them all but I can't do them all at once," he reprimanded. He did do 'Little Sister', then 'O Sole Mio'/'It's Now Or Never', and 'Tryin' To Get To You'. "You know your vocal cords stretch when you sing high notes...it's hard to sing low right afterwards," he informed us, then proceeded to warble around trying to find the beginning of the next song - which provoked much laughter. Elvis seemed to be waking up, as it were...beyond that problem was the muddled sound of the sound system tonight. Either Elvis' mouth couldn't move out of slow motion (a common Southern ailment!!) or the system was off...or both!

"Happy Birthday!" a girl shouted. "Is it your birthday??" Elvis asked, perplexed. "NO!" she responded, "Charlie's-next Tuesday!" Elvis frowned in mock confusion: "Charlie Tuna??" "Charlie Hodge," she replied patiently. "Wha? Is it your birthday, Charlie??" Elvis pretended to be surprised. "Next Tuesday!" the poor girl shouted back. Elvis backed up and smiled at Charlie, then led us in singing "Happy Birthday Dear Charlie!", slowing down at the end and adding a fancy bit. Then quickly he sprung into 'Blue Suede Shoes'. "Since it's the Christmas season, I'd like to do 'Blue Christmas'," Elvis said, sitting down. "It won't take long to set this up, although Charlie is slower on his birthday. Let me explain something to you. See this ring? It has TCB - which is taking care of Business - and my karate mark" - A man in the audience insisted on taking advantage of the silence to shout song titles and Elvis' temper flashed. "Wait a minute. Let me finish!" he snapped. "My birthstone is the black diamond. Honest to God... I never even heard of a black diamond! It took me fourteen years to find it - I got it from a collector in Denver, Colorado. Look at it - it doesn't shine, it doesn't do a thing.." Elvis turned as Charlie handed him his guitar: "What do you mean 'Awwi!!!?" He strummed, asked for the key, then played a brief riff that sounded excellent to my untrained ears! The audience was surprised too and gave him a hand. After 'Softly As I Leave You', Elvis spoke for all of us when he noted how hard it was to break the mood of that song. Charlie helped out by doing a Comer Pyle imitation, which cracked up Elvis and everyone else! 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' followed, funny as ever: "Now the stage is bare...it's just me and Charlie here..." Between calling Charlie a son-of-a-bitch and fag, Elvis managed to bring the song to a credible end!

Next came 'That's All Right': "Listen to me on guitar," Elvis warned the band after a false start. "It was my first record and all we had was two guitars a bass, and...yes, that's right... shaky leg!!" He and Charlie had a brief spat - in fun - first, with Charlie coming out at least at well as Elvis did! (I think the audience enjoyed that as much as the song!)

'Bridge Over Troubled Water' came next, sung well, but Elvis surprised me by using the word sheet for this one as well. The group introductions followed, with Elvis being unable to decide whether to use the word 'further or farther. ("I'd like to introduce the members of my group before we go any further... farther?... further... Fatha?") This takes a good fifteen to twenty minutes now, I'd say, with nearly everyone doing solos, but Elvis sings several songs during this time, including 'Early Mornin' Rain' and 'Love Letters'. As soon as the intros were over, Charlie handed Elvis a slip of paper. "There are several people in the audience I'd like to acknowledge," he began, looked over the paper, then looked at Charlie with almost a pleading expression. "I don't know these people. I'm sorry," he went on firmly. "But I can't introduce then if I don't know them." Most of us were floored by his candour and pleased by his rebellion. Then he picked up a plaque and told us "This was given to me and to Colonel Parker, my manager. It's from the American Heart Association - they made us honorary members. Thanks to you in the two weeks we've been here they've raised $17,000, at the souvenir booth". Much applause, "I'd like you to meet my father..." Mr. Presley received fantastic applause - he's obviously much-loved by the fans and we'd been worried about him. Later reports were that he was back at his beloved slot machines already - hardly sick in bed as the papers had reported this morning! (Elvis said he had fluid around the lungs.) "Who's here??! He is? Wayne? Wayne Newton - Where are you?" Wayne Newton, in the centre of the showroom, rose to great applause. "That's enough!" Elvis teased, then went into 'Hurt', sounding better than he had all night, as if to impress Wayne!! The usual standing ovation followed - those last high notes picked us right out of our seats!

More demands for songs were shouted and Elvis went over to a music stand and picked up a large, thick book, "You see this book?" We did, and were prepared to be impressed that this contained all the sheet music of all his songs. But we were wrong! It only listed the songs!! There is no way Elvis can know the words to all of them at one time . no way at all! But he tries - a girl requested 'Such A Night' and he valiantly tried to sing it but had forgotten 90% of the words. Still it was great to hear the song in person: "There's a couple here tonight - they come here every time I do - and they want to hear 'Sweet Caroline'." The band started playing, but the couple, knowing Elvis' problems lately with words, reached up and handed him the sheet music!! Elvis was taken aback and pouted, "You rotten, dirty..." His concentration was destroyed and he did indeed mess up the words several times, to his chagrin!

"I'd like to thank my sound engineer, Bill Porter. And I'd like to thank all the lighting people and the mu,.mu.. Singers - a really fantastic job. Ladies and gentlemen..." A big "NOOO" rose from audience! NOOO, ELVIS! But, yes, 'Can't Help Falling In Love' signalled the end of the show. It had been rather sluggish and slow-paced, with Elvis not exerting himself musically, but it was still Elvis... We were very sad to see him go...sad to see another Vegas engagement end.


On Tour, December 27 - December 31 1976
Musicians
Lead Guitar: James Burton
Rhythm Guitar: John Wilkinson
Bass: Jerry Scheff
Piano: Tony Brown
Electric Piano: David Briggs
Drums: Ronnie Tutt
Acoustic Guitar: Charlie Hodge
Orchestra: Joe Guercio & The Joe Guercio Orchestra
Comedian: Jackie Kahane
Warm-Up Act: The Sweet Inspirations
High Voice Singer: Kathy Westmoreland
Backup Vocals: The Sweet Inspirations; JD Sumner & The Stamps; Sherrill Nielsen

December 27 1976 (Monday)
Wichita State University, Henry Levitt Arena, Wichita, Kansas
Recorded on Soundboard        

December 28 1976 (Tuesday)
Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas
Also Sprach Zarathustra
      Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
C. C. Rider       Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°~Thank
You Very Much°
I Got A Woman / Amen       Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
Love Me       Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
Fairytale       Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
You Gave Me A Mountain       Showtime (FTD)° (edited)~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In
Dallas° (incomplete)
Jailhouse Rock       Showtime (FTD)° (complete)~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In
Dallas° (incomplete)
O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never / O Sole Mio (reprise)   Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
Tryin' To Get To You       Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
Blue Suede Shoes
      Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
My Way       Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
Polk Salad Annie       Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
Introductions / Band solos       Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar - John Wilkinson) (Complete Version) Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
_Drum solo / Hey Bo Diddley (Ronnie Tutt)       Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
_Love Letters       Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
Introductions       Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
Hurt (with reprise)       Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
Hound Dog       Unreleased (tape damaged beyond repair)
Unchained Melody       Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
Can't Help Falling In Love       Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°
Closing Vamp       Showtime (FTD)°~At Full Force°~A Hot Winter Night In Dallas°

December 29 1976 (Wednesday)
Birmingham-Jefferson County Coliseum, Birmingham, Alabama
Also Sprach Zarathustra
      Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°
C. C. Rider       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
I Got A Woman / Amen       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
Love Me       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
Fairytale       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
You Gave Me A Mountain       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°+High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°° (binaural)
Jailhouse Rock       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
Tryin' To Get To You       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
My Way
      Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
Polk Salad Annie       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
Introductions / Band solos       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar solo - John Wilkinson)   Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
_Electric Piano solo (David Briggs)       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
_Love Letters       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°+A Legendary Performer Volume 6°° (binaural)
Introductions       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
Funny How Time Slips Away       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
Hurt (with reprise)       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
Hound Dog       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
For The Good Times       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°+A Legendary Performer Volume 8°° (binaural)
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
Unchained Melody       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°+High Voltage - Birmingham '76°° (binaural)
Mystery Train / Tiger Man       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
Can't Help Falling In Love       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°
Closing Vamp       Showtime (FTD)°~High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited°°~Burning
In Birmingham°

December 30 1976 (Thursday)
Omni, Atlanta, Georgia
Recorded on Soundboard        

December 31 1976 (Friday)
Civic Center Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Also Sprach Zarathustra
      New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
C. C. Rider       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
I Got A Woman / Amen       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Big Boss Man       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Love Me       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Fairytale       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
You Gave Me A Mountain       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Jailhouse Rock       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
My Way       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Funny How Time Slips Away       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Auld Lang Syne       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Introductions - Vernon & Lisa Marie       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Blue Suede Shoes       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Tryin' To Get To You       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Polk Salad Annie       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Introductions / Band solos       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
_Early Mornin' Rain (Guitar - John Wilkinson) (Complete Version) New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
_What'd I Say (Guitar solo - James Burton)       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
_Johnny B. Goode (Guitar solo - James Burton)     New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
_Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt)       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
_Blues (Bass solo - Jerry Scheff)       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
_Two Miles Pike (Piano solo - Tony Brown)       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
_Love Letters       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Introductions       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
_School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Fever       New Years Eve (FTD)°+Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Hurt       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Hound Dog       New Years Eve (FTD)°+Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Are You Lonesome Tonight?       New Years Eve (FTD)°+Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Reconsider Baby       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Little Sister       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Unchained Melody       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Rags To Riches       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Can't Help Falling In Love       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)
Closing Vamp       New Years Eve (FTD)°~Final Countdown To Midnight° (Backdraft)
(audience recording)

Review

December 31 1976 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Review by Larry The Lad - Elvis News Service Weekly, Issue 287 (March 16 1977)

In fact, it wasn't bad. Certain parties will tell you he's as slim as he was in '69. Hogwash. However, even slimmer now than he was in Cleveland in October and looking better than he has in a year. Still some of the plastic puppet; but the raw, sensual animal is showing through, thank God. Obviously, we've gotten through to someone... there were scarves, but cut down. And thank heaven Elvis is no longer encouraging the addle-brained fans near the front who hand him everything under the sun; almost everything given him was handed back to Charlie without a seconds thought. Oh Hell, I'll say it; Elvis was almost perfect...in rare form... and it figures; the audience was bland, not fully realising what Elvis was putting out. Such fans; hearing women ask "How old is he now?" "Is he still married?" etc. .. But let's take it from the top; Elvis coming out on stage around 11.25pm (and performing for AN HOUR AND A HALF) wearing the white jumpsuit with the eagle; baring a lot of chest in front.

'C.C. Rider' of course, unfortunately.. but when he sang "I'm go-go-go in a wah-wah-way, baby" you knew this was going to be something different; he tore the song apart with gusto. 'I Got A Woman'/'Amen' still entirely uncalled for. 'Big Boss Man' not much to be said about it. 'Love Me' and scarves, everyone was glad when it was over, like the dropping of raw meat to senseless animals. Elvis said the next song was the story of his life, and did 'Fairytale' a bit too fast and uneven; nowhere near the Elvis Today version. Perking up with 'You Gave Me A Mountain' it tore you apart when he deeply spoke "just tired, of being my wife". and oh Lord, when he did "you gave me a mountain..a Mountain..A MOUNTAIN" it sent shivers up and down your spine.. spectacular!

'Jailhouse Rock' a bit too fast. Jim Kirtland then gave him a small gold Liberty Bell which Elvis mistook for a cowbell, and he "moo'ed" all over the place, Sean at that point gave a laughable 'O Sole Mio' in Italian, Elvis taking over with a very strong and sensual 'It's Now Or Never' a version he may never again equal... Reading the lyrics as he did 'My Way' Acceptable. The house lights were turned up, and Elvis wished us a happy new year with an overworked 'Funny How Time Slips Away'; and a stirring 'Auld Lang Sang' his voice beautiful. At this point - are you ready, he introduced Both Vernon and Lisa at the left of the stage. (Lisa sitting on Ginger's lap) 'Blue Suede Shoes' next with more force than usual. 'Tryin' To Get To You'. Putting a lot more into it than he usually did.. just a notch below the '68 TV special version.

'Polk Salad Annie'. Usual vocal on this, but Elvis moving a lot more than usual, he was really into this number near the end. Introductions: Although still a total waste of time, they were almost acceptable this time. In this segment, of course, 'Early Mornin' Rain' (Elvis tossing in during one line, "Daddy likes this.") 'What'd I Say'/'Johnny B Goode'. During Jerry's solo on guitar Elvis was beautiful, singing not words but sounds; same during piano solo. Again,'Love Letters' with Elvis putting more of himself into it than usual, as if his voice was making love to the audience -- 'School Day' and we hear the voice of the ballsy early Elvis, mean and gutsy.

Elvis walked to the rear of the stage to sing 'Fever' getting riffed when the scarves he threw out fell on the floor out of reach of the persons to whom they were tossed to. 'Hurt' not Elvis' fault he wasn't up to this number, he was apparently angry at himself for not hitting the exact notes he wished to hit, as he said "Wanna hear the last part again? We'll do it better." He still couldn't do it, at least not like in Cleveland, near the end falling on his back on the stage with one leg raised up in the air. The version this time was merely sensational; usually, though; it's overpowering. 'Hound Dog'. Elvis said then he'd been on stage for an hour and five minutes, but would sing all night is the people wanted to hear him. The guitar came back, and as Charlie held the mic' close, Elvis gave a warmly emotional 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' cracking up when joking with Charlie during the talking segment, as if singing it to him.... "You seemed to change, Charlie, you acted strange.. you lied when you said you loved me, you dirty sk--" When he said "bring the curtain down" he threw back his head, imitating a curtain falling on him, priceless.

Are you ready ..'Reconsider Baby' ! (In fact beginning with 'Lonesome' this became the best concert I've ever seen, this last half hour was unbelievable) Did the audience appreciate Elvis doing this number? Of course not; they had a 'Hound Dog' mentality. 'Little Sister' Not up to the original, but sexy. Then Elvis said he'd like to play the piano and do a number named 'Unchained Melody' My God it was a happening dedicating it to Vernon, Lisa and Ginger.. pounding on the piano and singing his heart out. Near the beginning saying "God-damned diamond ring" taking it off to play better. And the notes he couldn't hit on 'Hurt' flowed freely this time, without effort. Has Elvis ever sung like this in his entire life, ?? This song alone made the concert worth $100. a ticket.

During this, naturally, he stopped being a man and entered divinity... closing with a 'Danny Boy' ending. But this wasn't all, baby... remaining at the piano he went into 'Rags To Riches' what does THAT do to you? Attacking the piano and the richness of THAT voice overflowed, unlike anything you've ever heard before. ... Then, 'Can't Help Falling In Love' (Can't help but feel that if the audience had been more receptive, we'd have Elvis on stage for two hours at least) .... Ended it this time in falsetto shaking hands as he walked about the stage.. coming back for a series of karate kicks ..... ASTONISHING. Thats it.. in all honesty I really couldn't ask for anything more. (If I said ALL Concerts were great, as some do, you wouldn't fully appreciate how I felt about this one.)

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