Live in Las Vegas, Opening Show - July 31, 1969
Elvis was overcome by stage fright on the night of July the 31st, 1969. Backstage at Las Vegas' largest show-room Elvis walked restlessly in circles, while over 2,000 spectators was anxiously awaiting the King's return to
the stage after 8 years stuck in the wilderness of bad Hollywood productions.
Those who were present backstage with Elvis observed that he sweated in the black stage suit, and he was terrified that the audience wouldn’t
be pleased with his show. The people around Elvis were sure he would succeed, despite the fact that he himself was very thoughtful and hesitant.
When Elvis took the stage everyone in the audience, as one unit, rose to their
feet and greeted the King welcome. After a few minutes, everyone understood, including the man himself, that this was the night the prodigal son finally returned home! Elvis was in that exact spot he felt most comfortable; on stage in front of an excited audience.
After the concert, Elvis received a standing ovation from an enthusiastic audience and the press used superlatives they rarely or never uttered. Elvis was back!
Elvis var overveldet
av sceneskrekk kvelden den 31. juli 1969. Bak scenen i Las Vegas største show-rom vandret Elvis hvileløst rundt, mens over 2000 publikummere ventet spent på Kongens tilbakekomst til scenen etter 8 års ørkenvandring i Hollywood.
De som var til stede bak scenen sammen med Elvis, observerte at han svettet i det sorte sceneantrekket, og han var livredd for at publikum ikke vil like showet hans. Folkene rundt Elvis var sikre på at han skulle lykkes,
til tross for at han selv var svært tankefull og tvilende.
I det Elvis entrer scenen reiser alle i salen seg som en homogen masse, og hilser Kongen velkommen. Etter få minutter forstår alle, inkludert Elvis,
at dette er kvelden da den bortkomne sønn endelig har vendt hjem! Elvis er på det stedet han trives best; på scenen foran et entusiastisk publikum.
Etter endt konsert, mottar Elvis stående ovasjoner
fra et begeistret publikum, og pressen brukte superlativer de sjelden eller aldri tar frem. Elvis var tilbake!