C C Rider I Got A Woman - segued medley with - Amen Thats All Right Are You Lonesome Tonight ? Blue Christmas Heartbreak Hotel Love Me Jailhouse Rock You Gave Me A Mountain Danny Boy (by Sherrill Nielsen) Walk With Me ( above song performed by Sherrill Nielsen ) Teddy Bear - segued medley with - Dont Be Cruel Elvis Leaves The Stage Walk That Lonesome Road ( featuring JD Sumner And The Stamps Quartet ) My Heavenly Father (by Kathy Westmoreland) Band Introductions By Charlie Hodge Early Morning Rain ( above song performed by Sherrill Nielsen ) Whatd I Say ( featuring James Burton ) Johnny B Goode ( featuring James Burton ) Drum Solo Bass Solo Piano Solo Electric Organ Solo Elvis returns to stage School Day Hurt Hound Dog Help Me Unchained Melody Blue Suede Shoes The Wonder Of You ( above song is just one verse ) One Night O Sole Mio (by Sherrill Nielsen) - segued medley with - Its Now Or Never Cant Help Falling In Love Closing Vamp
Elvis Aron Presley, a 42-yer-old native of Tupelo, Miss, visited a packed house
at the Civic Center last night and generated the same excitement that has made
him an American household word for 20 years.
By the time he arrived on stage, the audience was clapping and stomping
the floor in nervous excitement over the appearance of the mythical "king of rock and roll."
The king is slightly paunchy now in his white spangled suit and the hair seems dyed.
But the main ingredients of the image are intact - the boyish, almost feminine face;
the sexual pelvic movements and the country voice that croons the rhythms of white
rock welded onto black soul.
Like his management, Elvis' show was intelligent and well-paced. A brassy, 10-piece
band began the evening with the the from "Rocky", followed by a white gospel
quartet in yellow suits. Then came a comedian and the Sweet Inspirations, a black female
trio that knows how to handle the contemporary disco-rock styles.
All these preliminaries were packed into an hour, followed by a 45-minute intermission,
which allowed the tension to grow before the ultimate arrival of the legend
What brings such an audience to struggle for tickets and jam an arena to see
Elvis Presley? The responses to this question were as varied as the people there.
One 25-year-old man had followed Elvis since he was 4 years old. Another woman
in her 20's had seen all his movies. Most of the women though he was "sexy".
There was no coherent response to the question. People weren't quite sure why
they loved Elvis. an enthusiastic group of women in the upper decks agreed
that he was "the perfect fantasy of every woman." They could enjoy the way he
moved and sang in much the same way that men enjoy a good belly dancer.
The illusion of sex is there, but there's also no danger. A clean-cut Elvis enables
women to loosen the puritan shackles in their lives without the messiness of any
genuinely human confrontation
One surprise in the Civic Center audience was its diversity. You could not characterize
it easily. Young people were there as well as old, men as well as women, including many
married couples. The most obvious fact about the thousands who filled the center
was the virtual absence of Afro-Americans.
There are great ironies here. Elvis began his recording career in 1954
in Memphis, then and now a melting pot for many country musics
including the blues, gospel and folk. Sam Phillips, the entrepreneur at
Sun Records who looms large in the history of rock and roll, had always
predicted that if a white man could sing the earthy black blues, fortunes
were to be made.
And along came Elvis, a truck driver who had graduated from high school in 1953
and worshipped the late James Dean. The young Elvis yearned for some kind
of release from his life and like many poor folks, music offered him a way out.
He assumed the rebellious stance of Dean and Brando, picked up the sensuality
of black music and walked into the Sun Records studio.
His first record was a tune called "That's All Right." He sang it at last night's
concert, a straightforward, bluesy tune that seemed innocuous in comparison
with all the stir it caused.
Within a year after Elvis released this tune, he had a contract with RCA,
and a new manager, Col. Tom Parker, carnival promoter and legitimate con
man of grand proportions. Under his guidance, the young Elvis who loved
music and his mother, became a sex symbol palatable to postwar America.
The remarkable thing is how Elvis has lasted so long. He remains an important
symbol. Little girls wore Elvis T-shirts last night, and teen-agers held up signs saying,
"Elvis, I Love You."
Women still screamed whenever he wiggled his hips, even when it obviously was a pose,
almost a caricature from the past. The myth of ELvis has become almost as large
as that surrounding the late Howard Hughes. Some even wondered, as they did
with Hughes, if the man on stage were really Elvis.
It was impossible for them to reconcile the legend in their minds to the spectacle
of a mere man showing the signs of middle age.
Of course, by this time Elvis is virtually impervious to all criticism. The media have
to buy tickets if they want to review him or take his picture, he doesn't need them
(The Sun's photographer, who didn't have a ticket, was not allowed in the
civic Center.) He doesn't even have to sing. People come just to see him as they
would visit a national monument.
To the thousands who cheered him last night, he is a symbol of innocence tinged
with just the right combination of sex, show business and country music. They
don't know why exactly, but they still love him.
Courtesy of Francesc Lope
Recorded live at Rapidas Parish Coliseum. March 29, 1977. Alexandria, LA.
Tracklisting Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / O Solo Mio (sung by Sherrill Nielsen) - It's Now Or Never / Little Sister / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / Blue Suede Shoes / Fever / Band Introductions / Early Morning Rain / What'd I Say / Johnny B. Goode - Ronnie Tutt drum solo - Jerry Scheff bass solo - Tony Brown piano solo - Bobby Ogdin electric / piano solo - School Days / Why Me Lord / Bossom of Abraham - You Better Run / How Great Thou Art / Hound Dog / Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Theme Recording: Audience
Recorded live at the Civic Center May 29, 1977 Evening Show. Baltimore, MD.
Tracklisting Recording: Audience
Highlights: That's All Right, Blue Christmas, Heartbreak Hotel, Early Morning Rain (performed by Sherrill Nielson), Hurt, Help Me, Unchained Melody, The Wonder Of You (one verse), One Night & Its Now Or Never. Elvis leaves the stage for 20 minutes. A rare setlist but a disaster of a show!!