Chapter 2; April - June

April 3, 1957

Elvis live in Canada - April 3, 1957

Elvis never held any shows outside the U.S, not counting 4 brief concerts in April 1957, in Canada. Elvis and Colonel Parker did get a number of very lucrative offers from overseas though, including shows in the Royal Albert Hall in London, for a staggering fee. Elvis expressed a desire to play in Europe on several occasions in the 70's, but it never happened. We know in retrospect that one of the reasons may have been that Colonel Parker did not have American citizenship, and he could have risked being denied entry into the U.S. after a stay abroad.

The 2nd and 3rd of April 1957 Elvis visited Canada, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto (2 shows on the 2nd of April - 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm) and Canadian Auditorium, Ottawa (2 shows on the 3rd of April - 4:30 pm and 8:30 pm). Elvis performed for nearly 37,000 spectators during these 4 concerts.

The picture above is taken from the evening show on the 3rd of April in Canadian Auditorium, Ottawa. In front of 8.500 crazy fans Elvis did a 40 minutes long concert where he at least performed the songs "Love Me Tender" and "Blueberry Hill".


Elvis avholdt aldri noen konserter utenfor USA, hvis vi ser bort ifra 4 korte show i april 1957, i Canada. Elvis og Parker mottok en rekke meget lukrative tilbud fra utlandet, blant annet om å spille i Royal Albert Hall i London, for svimlende honorarer. Elvis uttrykte selv et ønske om å spille i Europa ved flere anledninger på 70-tallet, men det ble altså aldri noe av. Vi vet i ettertid at en av årsakene kan ha vært at Oberst Parker ikke hadde amerikansk statsborgerskap, og han kunne ha risikert å bli avvist ved innreise til USA etter et utenlandsopphold.

Den 2. og 3. april 1957 besøkte Elvis Canada; Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto (2 show den 2. april – 18:00 og 21:00) og Canadian Auditorium, Ottawa (2 show den 3. april – 16:30 og 20:30). Elvis opptrådte for nesten 37.000 publikummere i løpet av disse 4 konsertene.

Bildet ovenfor er hentet fra kveldsshowet den 3. april i Canadian Auditorium, Ottawa. Foran 8500 elleville fans holder Elvis en 40 minutter lang konsert der han i alle fall fremførte «Love Me Tender» og «Blueberry Hill».


"Crowds estimated at 8,000 and 15,000 persons jammed Maple Leaf Gardens last night as Elvis Presley gave his first and second Canadian shows… From the time Elvis, dressed in his all-gold suit, walked on stage and smiled until he gave his last bump nearly an hour later, nearly every teenager in the place screeched, at the top of his lungs… Every time Elvis reached out his arm in one direction or turned to smile in another, all the crowd in that section would screech with ecstasy… The noise, too, was deafening from start to finish. During the first show when Josh King, local disc jockey, first announced Elvis was coming, the audience hollered for about 30 straight seconds". (Toronto Star, on the concerts 2 April)

April 9, 1972

Elvis live in Hampton Roads - April 9, 1972

Elvis' spring tour in 1972 was filmed by MGM, for inclusion in the movie documentary Elvis On Tour. A movie that later was rewarded with a Golden Globe Award for best documentary. The film crew followed Elvis occasional parts of the tour. The production began with test filming at the opening show in Buffalo, New York the 5th of April. The primary filming began with the show in Hampton Roads the 9th of April 8:30 pm (where the image above is taken from – Elvis is wearing the Blue Nail Studded Suit). Furthermore, they continued with footage from the concerts 10th, 14th and 18th of April.

The following concert footage was used in the movie; The Coliseum, Hampton Roads, Virginia, April 9th/ The Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia, April 10th/ The Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina, April 14th/ Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas, April 18th.

There are also unused footage, but not from the actual concerts; Dayton, Ohio (7/4), Roanoke, Virginia (11/4) and Albuquerque, New Mexico (19/4).

This tour, which lasted just over two weeks and a total of 19 shows (with a total of approximately 230.000 spectators), is considered to be good musically. Orchestra and band worked very well together, and Elvis was vocally in good shape. Physically and mentally however, this was not the best time to do the filming. Elvis had put on several pounds since the Las Vegas season in February, and he had chewed plenty of diet pills prior to the tour, to look his best. Elvis had probably taken off a few pounds, but this had come at the expense of his general health. He was pale and flabby, and seemed generally tired (this was the first time in his career that Elvis appeared unfit and unhealthy). The divorce with Priscilla began to make its mark.

The concert in Hampton Roads the 9th of April (8:30 pm) has been released on several bootleg CDs; Live In Virginia (Vicky - 1990), The Hampton Concert (Luna Records - 1993), Unauthorised - Suspicious Minds (Grapefruit), and The Hampton Roads Concert (Triangle - 2004).


Elvis’ vår-turné i 1972 ble filmet av MGM, for inkludering i kinodokumentaren Elvis On Tour. En film som senere ble belønnet med en Golden Globe for beste dokumentar. Filmteamet fulgte Elvis deler av turnéen. De startet med testfilming under åpningsshowet i Buffalo, New York 5. april, og begynte deretter med primærinnspillingen under showet i Hampton Roads 9. april 20:30 (der bildet ovenfor er hentet fra – Elvis har på seg Blue Nail Studded Suit). Videre fortsatte de med opptak fra konsertene 10, 14 og 18. april.

Følgende konsertopptak ble benyttet i filmen; The Coliseum, Hampton Roads, Virginia, 9. april/ The Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia, 10. april/ The Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina, 14. april/ Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas, 18. april.

Det eksisterer også ubenyttede opptak, dog ikke fra selve konsertene, i Dayton, Ohio (7/4), Roanoke, Virginia (11/4) og fra Albuquerque, New Mexico (19/4).

Denne turnéen som strakk seg over drøyt 2 uker og 19 show (totalt ca. 230.000 publikummere), regnes for å være god rent musikalsk. Orkester og band fungerte meget godt sammen, og Elvis var vokalt i toppform. Fysisk og psykisk derimot var ikke dette det beste tidspunktet å gjøre filminnspillinger på. Elvis hadde lagt på seg flere kilo etter Las Vegas sesongen, og han hadde knasket store mengder slankepiller forut for turnéen for å ta seg best ut. Elvis hadde nok tatt av seg noen kilo, men dette hadde gått på bekostning av helsen. Han var blek og pløsete i ansiktet, og virket generelt sliten (dette var første gang i karrieren at Elvis ikke så helt sunn og frisk ut). Skilsmissen med Priscilla begynte å sette spor.

Konserten i Hampton Roads 9. april (20:30) finnes på en rekke bootleg-utgivelser; Live In Virginia (Vicky - 1990), The Hampton Concert (Luna Records - 1993), Unauthorised - Suspicious Minds (Grapefruit), og The Hampton Roads Concert (Triangle - 2004).

April 14, 1956

Elvis recieves the record # 1.000.000 of Heartbreak Hotel - April 14, 1956

"Heartbreak Hotel" was recorded the 10th of January 1956. This was Elvis' first recording session for RCA, and everybody was interested in recreating the unique "slapback" sound that characterizes the SUN recordings with Sam Phillips at the helm, without succeeding. Now, in retrospect it is obvious that "Heartbreak Hotel" has a significantly more "muddy" sound compared to his previous SUN recordings. This would still not have any impact on this song's success and status.

"Heartbreak Hotel" was released on single the 27th of January, and only during the first three weeks, the recording sold 300,000 copies. It reached #1 on the Billboard list the 21st of April, a position it maintained for 8 consecutive weeks.

During a recording session the 14th of April, Elvis got his proof that he had succeeded beyond imagination with his first record; the single # 1000.000 of the "Heartbreak Hotel" in Gold!


«Heartbreak Hotel» ble spilt inn 10. januar 1956. Dette var Elvis’ første innspillingssesjon for RCA, og alle var interessert i å gjenskape den helt spesielle «slapback» klangen som kjennetegner SUN-innspillingene med Sam Phillips ved roret, uten at de lyktes med dette. Nå i etterkant er det tydelig at «Heartbreak Hotel» innehar en betydelig mer «grumsete» klang sammenlignet med de tidligere SUN-innspillingene. Dette skulle allikevel ikke få noen konsekvenser for denne låtens suksess og status.

«Heartbreak Hotel» ble sluppet på singel den 27. januar, og bare i løpet av de første tre ukene hadde platen solgt 300.000 eksemplarer. Den nådde førsteplass på Billboardlisten den 21. april, en plassering den beholdt i 8 sammenhengende uker.

Under en innspillingssesjon 14. april fikk Elvis beviset på at han hadde lyktes optimalt med sin første singel; en innrammet utgave av singel #1000.000 av «Heartbreak Hotel»!

April 22, 1957

Elvis at the gates of Graceland - April 26, 1957

When Elvis was growing up, he often would tell his parents that he one day would make a lot of money and buy the town’s finest house for them. It's not often that a boy's dream will turn out to be so incredibly prophetic.

On Saturday the 17th of March 1957, Gladys and Vernon contacted the real estate agent Virginia Grant to see if she had any house for sale that would fit the Presley’s. She showed them several, among them a small mansion called Graceland. Graceland was a property of 13.8 acres, lying about 10 miles outside of downtown Memphis. Elvis' parents immediately fell in love with the great site, and they paid $ 1,000 deposit to ensure that no other buyers could purchase the property before they had made their decision together with Elvis.

On the 19th of March, Elvis together with his parents went to see Graceland. Elvis inspected the property and ended up sitting at a piano that was still in the house, and so to speak "baptized the house with a song". The contract was signed on the spot, with a price of 90,000 dollars. The Presley family, including Vernon's mother Minnie May, moved into Graceland in April 1957.

The famous gates into Graceland were set up the 22nd of April of that year. These were designed by Abe Saucer and built by John Dillars Jr. The picture above was taken the same day as the gates of Graceland were finished.

Today Graceland is visited by next to 1.000.000 people each year and is besides The White House, America's most visited private residence.


Da Elvis vokste opp sa han ofte til sine foreldre at han en dag skulle tjene mye penger og kjøpe byens fineste hus til dem. Det er vel ikke ofte at en guttedrøm skal vise seg å være så til de grader profetisk.

Lørdag 17. mars 1957 tar Gladys og Vernon kontakt med eiendomsmegleren Virginia Grant for å sjekke ut om hun hadde noen aktuelle hus til salgs. Hun viste dem flere, og blant dem en liten herregård kalt Graceland. Graceland var en eiendom på 13.8 acres, som lå rundt 16 kilometer utenfor sentrum av Memphis. Elvis’ foreldre falt umiddelbart for det flotte stedet, og de betalte 1000 dollar i depositum for å sikre seg at ingen andre kjøpere kunne kapre huset før de hadde bestemt seg, sammen med Elvis. 19. mars blir Elvis med foreldrene for å se på Graceland. Elvis inspiserte eiendommen, og endte opp med å sette seg ved et flygel som sto der, og «spilte huset inn». Kontrakt ble signert på stedet, med en pris på 90.000 dollar. Presley familien, inkludert Vernons mor Minnie May, flyttet inn på Graceland i april 1957.

De berømte portene inn til Graceland ble satt opp 22. april samme år. Disse var designet av Abe Saucer, og bygget av John Dillars Jr. Bildet ovenfor er tatt samme dag som portene til Graceland var ferdige.

I dag blir Graceland besøkt av nesten 1.000.000 mennesker hvert år, og er etter Det Hvite Hus, USAs best besøkte private bolig.

April 27, 1956

Elvis live in Las Vegas - April 27, 1956

Colonel Parker had booked Elvis, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J. Fontana for a two-week engagement at the New Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas in April-May 1956. Already the first evening, the 23rd of April, Elvis knew that this was going to be two long weeks. The slightly older audience showed no enthusiasm. The group had been accustomed to hysterical conditions, cheering fans packed to the roof. The audience in Las Vegas showed little or no response.

D.J. Fontana has described the recent experience as, "We tried everything we knew. Usually Elvis could get them on his side. It didn't work that time!"

Bill Willard who was a reporter for the newspaper Las Vegas Sun panned the shows; "For the teen-agers, the long, tall Memphis lad is a whiz; for the average Vegas spender or show-goer, a bore. His musical sound with a combo of three is uncouth, matching to a great extent the lyric content of his nonsensical songs".

It would take 13 years before Elvis again performed on stage in Las Vegas, and the outcome of that would be something completely different!

The picture above is taken from the show on 27th of April.

The last show in Las Vegas, the 6th of May, is released on the official RCA Elvis Aron Presley box (1980 - released on CD in 1998).


Oberst Parker hadde booket Elvis, Scotty Moore, Bill Black og D.J. Fontana for et to ukers engasjement på New Frontier Hotel i Las Vegas i april-mai 1956. Allerede første kvelden, den 23. april, skjønte Elvis at dette kom til å bli to lange uker. Det godt voksne publikumet viste ingen entusiasme. Gruppen hadde blitt vant med hysteriske tilstander, jublende fans, og lokaler fylt til trengselen. Publikumet i Las Vegas viste liten, eller ingen respons.

D.J. Fontana beskrev senere opplevelsen slik; «Vi forsøkte alt. Elvis klarte alltid å omvende et vanskelig publikum. I Las Vegas fungerte det ikke!»

Bill Willard som var reporter for avisen Las Vegas Sun slaktet forestillingene; «For tenåringene er nok den høye, mørke mannen fra Memphis en åpenbaring; For Las Vegas publikummet er han rett ut sagt kjedelig. Bandet låter rufsete, noe som står i stil til tekstene, som bare er nonsens».

Det skulle gå 13 år før Elvis igjen sto på scenen i Las Vegas, og da ble utfallet noe helt annet!

Bildet ovenfor er hentet fra 27. april.

Det siste showet i Las Vegas den 6. mai er utgitt på den offisielle RCA boksen Elvis Aron Presley (1980 - utgitt på CD i 1998).

May 1, 1968

Elvis's and Priscilla's wedding day - May 1, 1968

May 11, 1974

Elvis live in Los Angeles, California - May 11, 1974

Elvis held two concerts (2:30 pm/ 8:30 pm) in Inglewood, Los Angeles, California the 11th of May 1974. Elvis did two decent concerts in front of a total of 37.000 spectators. Both concerts were sold out in general. During the afternoon show Elvis used the Peacock Suit, while during the evening show he used the American Eagle Suit (for the first time ever).

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant had been in Los Angeles to promote the launch of their own label, Swan Song. And this particular evening, along with manager Peter Grant and drummer John Bonham, they went to see the Elvis show at the Forum in Inglewood. Elvis knew they were there, giving them a shout out towards the end of his set. After the performance, they were invited back to his hotel suite, across from the Forum. After they were introduced and had been given drinks, John "Bonzo" Bonham got into a conversation with Elvis about cars. The chit-chat moved to music after a while. As they were leaving, Robert gushed, "Elvis, you're my idol. Thanks for letting us come"! He and Elvis sang a duet of "Love Me" as the visitors headed for the elevators. For Led Zeppelin, the best part of the visit might have been when Elvis asked for their autographs! He said they were for his daughter, Lisa Marie.

The 2:30 pm show has been released on Los Angeles, California (Tiger 3000) and At The Forum (Graceland Records 2007). The 8:30 pm show has been released on Live In L.A. (Follow That Dream 2007).


Elvis avholdt to konserter (2:30 pm/ 8:30 pm) i Inglewood, Los Angeles, California den 11. mai 1974. Foran til sammen 37.000 publikummere, gjør Elvis to gode konserter. Begge konserter var forøvrig utsolgt. Under ettermiddagsshowet hadde Elvis på seg Peacock Suit, mens han under kveldsshowet brukte American Eagle Suit (for første gang).

Led Zeppelins Jimmy Page og Robert Plant hadde vært i Los Angeles for å promotere lanseringen av sitt plateselskap Swan Song. Denne kvelden, sammen med manager Peter Grant og trommeslager John Bonham, gikk de for å se Elvis’ show på Forum i Inglewood. Elvis ble opplyst om at de var til stede i salen, og han ropte til dem mot slutten av showet. Etter forestillingen ble de invitert til Elvis’ hotellsuite, tvers overfor Forum. Etter at de ble introdusert for hverandre og hadde fått i seg litt drikkevarer, fikk John Bonham i gang en samtale med Elvis om biler. Etter hvert ble det snakket en del om musikk. I det de skulle gå, utbryter Robert Plant; «Elvis, du er mitt store idol. Takk for at vi fikk komme!» Han og Elvis sang en duett av «Love Me» på vei mot heisen. For Led Zeppelin, var kanskje den beste delen av besøket da Elvis ba om å få deres autografer! Han sa at de var til sin datter, Lisa Marie.

Ettermiddagsshowet finnes på Los Angeles, California (Tiger 3000) og At The Forum (Graceland Records 2007). Kveldsshowet finnes på Live In L.A. (Follow That Dream 2007).

May 15, 1956

Elvis live in Ellis Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee - May 15, 1956

On the evening the 15th of May 1956 Elvis held one of several concerts in Ellis Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee. More than 7,000 wild spectators had forced their way into the auditorium, which was filled to the brim. Elvis twisted, turned and sweat his way through a 30 minute show where the repertoire consisted of a series of rock'n'roll classics.

Ellis Auditorium was the closest Elvis could call "home-ground". He had attended a series of gospel concerts in the auditorium (All-Night Gospel Singing). Here he had seen well-known gospel groups like The Statesman Quartet and The Blackwood Brothers. J.D. Sumner, who later became one of Elvis' regular singers, was a member of The Blackwood Brothers at the time, and it was on one of these evenings Elvis was introduced to this amazing singer. Elvis used to bring friends and girlfriends with him on these gatherings. He had a dream that he one day would be in such a gospel group, but that was before he stumbled upon "That's All Right".

It was in this auditorium the governor of Tennessee, the 25th of February 1961, declared an annual Elvis Presley Day. It was also in this auditorium Elvis held two of the only three concerts he performed in the period 1958 to 31st of July 1969.


På kvelden den 15. Mai 1956 holdt Elvis en av flere konserter i Ellis Auditorium Memphis, Tennessee. Mer enn 7000 elleville publikummere hadde presset seg inn i lokalet, som var fylt til randen. Elvis vrikker, vrir og svetter seg gjennom et 30 minutters show der repertoaret besto av en rekke rock’n’roll klassikere.

Ellis Auditorium var det nærmeste Elvis kunne kalle «hjemmebane». Han hadde selv overvært en rekke gospelkonserter i dette auditoriet (All-Night Gospel Singing). Her hadde han sett kjente gospelgrupper som The Statesman Quartet og The Blackwood Brothers. J:D Sumner, som senere ble en av Elvis’ faste sangere, var medlem av The Blackwood Brothers den gangen, og det var på disse kveldene Elvis ble introdusert for denne fantastiske sangeren. Elvis pleide å ta med seg venner og kjærester til disse kveldene. Han drømte om at han selv en dag skulle være med i en slik gospelgruppe, men det var før han snublet over «That’s All Right».

Det var i dette lokalet guvernøren i Tennessee, den 25. februar 1961, erklærte en fast årlig Elvis Presley Day. Det var også i dette lokalet Elvis holdt to av de eneste tre konsertene han gjennomførte i perioden 1958 frem til 31. juli 1969.

May 31, 1975

Live in Huntsville, Alabama - May 31, 1974 8:30pm

Elvis held a total of five concerts (two 2:30 pm shows and three 7:45 pm shows) in the Von Braun Civic Center, Huntsville, Alabama over three days in May-June 1975. Elvis performed for approximately 45,000 crazy fans during these five completely sold-out concerts. The photo above is taken from the 20:30 pm show the 31st of May. During this concert Elvis wore the Red Phoenix Suit.

Elvis was in great spirits throughout this concert, and during the performance of "An American Trilogy", when the Stamps Quartet are singing "I wish I was in Dixie ..." Elvis exclaims; "You are!"

Four of these concerts are currently released on CD: The 2:30 pm show the 31st of May is found on the CDs A Wild Weekend In Huntsville Volume One (Madison 2007) and Dixieland Delight (Follow That Dream 2009). The 8:30 pm show the 31st of May is found on the CD Across The Country Vol. 2 (Audionics 2007). The 2:30 pm show the 1st of June is found on the CD A Wild Weekend In Huntsville Volume Two (Madison 2008). The 8:30 pm show the 1st of June is found on the CDs Adios Huntsville (Audionics 2007) and Dixieland Delight (Follow That Dream 2009).


Elvis avholdt totalt 5 konserter (to ettermiddagsshow og tre kveldsshow) i Von Braun Civic Center, Huntsville, Alabama over tre dager i mai-juni 1975. Elvis opptrådte for ca. 45.000 elleville fans under disse 5 helt utsolgte konsertene. Bildet over er hentet fra kveldsshowet den 31. mai. Under denne konserten hadde Elvis på seg Red Phoenix Suit.

Elvis var i strålende humør under denne konserten, og under fremføringen av «An American Trilogy», da The Stamps Quartet synger «I wish I was in Dixie…», utbryter Elvis; «You are!».

4 av disse konsertene er foreløpig utgitt på CD; Ettermiddagsshowet den 31. mai finnes på A Wild Weekend In Huntsville Volume One (Madison 2007) og på Dixieland Delight (Follow That Dream 2009). Kveldsshowet 31. mai finnes på Across The Country Vol. 2 (Audionics 2007). Ettermiddagsshowet 1. juni finnes på A Wild Weekend In Huntsville Volume Two (Madison 2008). Kveldsshowet 1. juni finnes på Adios Huntsville (Audionics 2007) og på Dixieland Delight (Follow That Dream 2009).

June 5, 1956

Elvis live at the Milton Berle Show - June 5, 1956

Elvis' second appearance on the Milton Berle Show was on the night of June 5th 1956. This TV show was one of America's most popular at the time, and was sent directly from the NBC studio in Hollywood, California. Elvis' performance of "Hound Dog" must be considered as one of the most powerful moments on TV ever. His act probably led the establishment to choke on their TV-dinners. The media shouted out afterwards, and this performance can be considered to be the King's most controversial ever. 2 minutes in June 1956, changed a whole generation, and a new youth culture was created overnight.

"I don’t feel I’m doing anything wrong… I don’t see that any type of music would have any bad influence on people…" (Elvis comments on all the criticism after his stage performance on The Milton Berle Show in an radio interview with Hy Gardner July 1st 1956)


Elvis’ andre opptreden på Milton Berle Show ble sendt 5. juni 1956. Dette TV-showet var en av USAs mest populære på denne tiden, og de sendte direkte fra NBC studioet i Hollywood, California. Elvis’ fremføring av «Hound Dog» må regnes for å være et av de sterkeste øyeblikkene på TV noensinne. Han beveget seg på en måte som nok førte til at etablissementet fikk sodavannet i vrangstrupen denne kvelden foran TV-skjermen. Pressen skrek opp i etterkant, og denne opptredenen kan anses for å være Kongens mest kontroversielle noen gang. 2 minutter i juni 1956, endret en hel generasjon, og en ny ungdomskultur ble skapt over natten.

«Jeg føler ikke at jeg gjør noe galt... Jeg kan ikke skjønne at noen form for musikk skulle ha dårlig innvirkning på folk...» (Elvis kommenterer all kritikken han har fått etter sin famøse opptreden under Milton Berle showet i et radiointervju med Hy Gardner den 1. juli, 1956)

June 10, 1972

Elvis live in Madison Square Garden, New York - June 10, 1972 - Evening Show

Elvis' June-tour 1972, which consisted of a total of 14 concerts, began with 4 concerts in Madison Square Garden, New York. During the press conference on the 9th of June Elvis appeared in very good shape both mentally and physically, and as far healthier than during the April-tour two months earlier. Elvis knew that the blasé New York audience was far more demanding than he was accustomed to, and he had made an effort to look his best. During the press conference Elvis was seemingly relaxed, and by using his natural charisma, he charmed both journalists and the audience completely. A portion of this press conference is included in the film Elvis On Tour. It was originally set up three shows in New York's showroom, but a huge demand for tickets led to that a fourth show was added. All the shows were sold out, and with an audience of 20,000 per show, it meant that Elvis during these three days in June performed for 80,000 people in New York. Concert reviews were ecstatic, and it was obvious that Elvis "came, saw and conquered" the New York audiences. Celebrities like John Lennon, George Harrison, David Bowie, Art Garfunkel and Bob Dylan attended the concerts.

The picture above is taken from the evening show the 10th of June. Elvis uses the Porthole Suit.

RCA recorded this evening show, and this concert was released on the record Elvis: As Recorded Live at Madison Square Garden just a few days after the actual concert. Later, RCA also released the afternoon show on the same day, on the release An Afternoon In The Garden (1997). In the autumn of 2012 BMG/ Sony released Prince From Another Planet, which contains both shows.

"I missed the closeness of an audience, of a live audience. So just as soon as I got out of the movie contracts, I started two do live concerts again" (Elvis during the press conference the 9th of June, 1972)


Elvis’ juni-turne 1972, som besto av 14 konserter, ble innledet med 4 konserter i Madison Square Garden, New York. Under pressekonferansen 9. juni fremsto Elvis i meget god form både psykisk og fysisk, og han så langt sunnere ut enn det han gjorde under april-turnéen to måneder tidligere. Elvis visste at det blaserte New York publikumet var langt mere krevende enn det han var vant med, og han hadde lagt seg i selen for å se best mulig ut. Under pressekonferansen var Elvis tilsynelatende avslappet, og ved hjelp av sin naturlige utstråling, sjarmerte han både journalister og tilhørere i senk. Deler av denne pressekonferansen er inkludert i filmen Elvis On Tour. Det var opprinnelig satt opp tre show i New Yorks stor-stue, men en enorm pågang etter billetter førte til at et fjerde show ble lagt til. Samtlige show ble utsolgt, og med et publikum på 20.000 per show, betød det at Elvis i løpet av tre dager opptrådte for 80.000 mennesker i New York. Konsertanmeldelsene var ekstatiske, og det var tydelig at Elvis «kom, så og overvant» New York publikumet. Celebriteter som John Lennon, George Harrison, David Bowie, Art Garfunkel og Bob Dylan overvar konsertene.

Bildet ovenfor er hentet fra kveldsshowet den 10. juni. Elvis bruker Porthole Suit.

RCA spilte inn dette kveldsshowet, og denne konserten ble gitt ut på platen Elvis: As Recorded Live at Madison Square Garden bare få dager etter konserten. Senere har RCA også gitt ut ettermiddagsshowet samme dag, på utgivelsen An Afternoon In The Garden (1997). Høsten 2012 kom den offisielle platen Prince From Another Planet, som inneholder begge showene samlet.

«Jeg savnet å være i nærheten av et publikum, et levende publikum. Så med en gang jeg hadde oppfylt filmkontraktene mine, begynte jeg å gjøre konserter igjen» (Elvis under pressekonferansen den 9. juni, 1972)

June 15, 1974

Elvis live in Fort Worth, Texas - June 15, 1974 3:00pm

Elvis held a total of four shows (two 3:00 pm shows and two 8:30 pm shows) at the Tarrant County Center, Fort Worth, Texas the 15th and 16th of June 1974. In front of a total of 56.000 spectators, Elvis did four allegedly good concerts. All four shows were sold-out in general. The photo above is taken from the 3:00 pm show the 15th of June. Elvis wore the Peacock Suit.

Of these four concerts only this afternoon show are currently released on CD; The Man In White Vol 1 (Lone Star 2002)


Elvis avholdt i alt 4 konserter (to ettermiddagsshow og to kveldsshow) i Tarrant County Center, Fort Worth, Texas 15. og 16. juni 1974. Foran til sammen 56.000 fans, gjør Elvis angivelig 4 gode konserter. Alle 4 konsertene var for øvrig utsolgt. Bildet over er hentet fra ettermiddagsshowet den 15. juni, og Elvis hadde på seg Peacock Suit.

Av disse 4 konsertene er foreløpig kun dette ettermiddagsshowet som er utgitt på CD; The Man In White Vol. 1 (Lone Star 2002)

June 26, 1977

Elvis live in Indianapolis, Indiana - June 26, 1977

On the evening the 26th of June 1977 Elvis enters the concert stage for the last time ever (8:30 pm). In Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, in front of 18,000 frantic fans Elvis performs one of his best concerts of the year, and one of his longest ever! The concert was sold out in general. Elvis used the Mexican Sundial Suit during this concert.

Elvis had in no way been in shape during the spring, however, NBC had decided to make a documentary based on two of the shows; June 19th in Omaha, Nebraska and June 21st in Rapid City, South Dakota. The documentary and the accompanying album were named Elvis In Concert. There is a widespread misconception that these recordings were taken from Elvis' last concert, which is not a fact. Unfortunately Elvis appears overweight, unfit and tired during these recorded shows. During the concert in Indianapolis Elvis seemed more focused than just a few days earlier.

Audience recordings from this concert are released several times on CD; The Last Farewell (E.P. Records 1988), Adios - The Final Performance (A.J. Records 1993), The Last Show (Premier Music 1995), The Last Live Session (PR-Records), The Final Farewell (Rainbow Records 2008) and The Final Curtain (Boxcar 2011)

"If you want us back, we will come back" (Elvis’ last words on stage June 26, 1977)


Den 26. juni 1977 entrer Elvis scenen for aller siste gang (8:30 pm). I Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, foran 18.000 elleville fans holder Elvis en av sine beste konserter for året, og en av sine lengste noensinne! Konserten var for øvrig utsolgt. Elvis benyttet Mexican Sundial Suit under denne konserten.

Elvis hadde på ingen måte vært i form under våren, allikevel hadde NBC valgt å lage en dokumentar basert på to av showene; 19. juni i Omaha, Nebraska og 21. juni i Rapid City, South Dakota. Dokumentaren og det medfølgende albumet ble døpt Elvis In Concert. Det er en utbredt misforståelse at disse opptakene er hentet fra Elvis’ siste konsert, noe som altså ikke medfører riktighet. Elvis fremstår beklageligvis som pløsete, overvektig og sliten under disse opptakene. Under konserten i Indianapolis fremstår Elvis mer fokusert enn bare noen dager tidligere.

Publikumsopptak fra denne konserten er utgitt flere ganger på CD; The Last Farewell (E.P. Records 1988), Adios - The Final Performance (A.J. Records 1993), The Last Show (Premier Music 1995), The Last Live Session (PR-Records), The Final Farewell (Rainbow Records 2008) og The Final Curtain (Boxcar 2011).

«Hvis dere vil ha oss tilbake, så kommer vi tilbake» (Elvis’ siste ord fra scenen, 26. juni 1977)

June 30, 1956

Elvis live in Richmond, Virginia - June 30, 1956 8:00pm

The young photographer Alfred Wertheimer followed Elvis on several occasions in 1956. The picture above was taken by Wertheimer in the Mosque Theater in Richmond, Virginia the 30th of June 1956 (20:00pm). Elvis held two completely sold-out concerts in the Mosque Theater that day in front of a total of 8,000 wild fans. The hall was filled to the brim, mostly of teenage girls, and the noise level is said to have been deafening. In short, a typical Elvis concert in 1956!

Mosque Theater was a well-known venue for Elvis, since he earlier in 1956 had done two shows there. Elvis gave everything, and he was rocking, sweating, shaking, dancing and singing his way through seven energetic rockers. It happened at several occasions that Elvis put down his guitar during the shows, which gave him more freedom on stage. Elvis used the microphone stand in a way no other had done before him. Elvis, with his dynamic stage behavior, became a model for several generations of pop stars in the future.

"They started to cry, clutching each other while mascara ran down their cheeks. They were having such a good time falling apart with him and he loved it. It was like a catharsis, a spiritual experience for the girls" (Alfred Wertheimer on the concerts in Mosque Theater – A King in the Making)


Den unge fotografen Alfred Wertheimer fulgte Elvis ved flere anledninger i 1956. Bildet ovenfor, som er hentet fra Mosque Theater i Richmond, Virginia 30. juni 1956 (20:00), er tatt av Wertheimer.

Elvis avholdt to helt utsolgte konserter i Mosque Theater denne dagen foran totalt 8000 elleville fans. Salen var fylt til randen, for det meste av jenter i tenårene, og støynivået skal etter sigende ha vært øredøvende. Kort sagt; en typisk Elvis konsert i 1956!

Mosque Theater var velkjent for Elvis, da han tidligere i 1956 hadde gjort 2 show der. Elvis ga alt; han rocket, svettet, ristet, danset og sang seg igjennom 7 energiske rockere. Det hendte ved flere anledninger at Elvis la fra seg gitaren under showene, noe som ga han større frihet på scenen. Elvis brukte mikrofonstativet på en måte ingen andre hadde gjort før han. Elvis, med sin dynamiske sceneadferd, ble et forbilde for flere generasjoner av popartister i ettertid.

«De begynte å gråte. De tviholdt på hverandre mens mascaraen rant nedover kinnene. De hadde en fantastisk opplevelse av å gå i oppløsning sammen med han, og han elsket det. Det var som en frigjøring, en åndelig opplevelse, for jentene» (Alfred Wertheimer om konsertene i Mosque Theater – A King In The Making)

Sources; “Elvis: Day By Day” – Peter Guralnick, Ernst Jørgensen / “Last Train To Memphis” – Peter Guralnick / “Careless Love” – Peter Guralnick / “Elvis Files Volume 1-6” – Erik Lorentzen / “A King In The Making” – Alfred Wertheimer / Wikipedia / www.elvis.com.au / www.elvisconcerts.com / www.elvis-history-blog.com / ELVIS and his MUSIC