St. Louis,MO. 1976
By Vikki Moore
March 22nd, it was finally here. The day ELVIS was coming to St. Louis. He had been here before, but after all the rumors concerning his appearance and his health problems, we just had to see for ourselves. The show started at 8:30 p.m., playing to a sold out crowd of 10,500 fans. The people were tense, screams kept coming from every corner, maybe now??? But we knew there would be a warming up period with J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Jackie Kahane, and The Sweet Inspirations. That, followed by a very, very long intermission (15 min.). Finally the auditorium went black, the drums started " 2001 ", the spot light flickered, the screams rose and ELVIS walked out--slowly--majestically. He looked terrific--as wonderful as ever, just as full of magic as ever, rumors are just that, RUMORS. Elvis is still Elvis, fantastic!
St.Louis, MO. March 22nd 1976
he went into" C.C. Rider ", twisting, shaking and vibrating, the
place came unglued. He was really turned on to this performance. He wore a
beautiful navy blue jumpsuit with wide flared legs, inlaid with gold and silver
embroidery. The spanish style suit was completed by a baby blue, bell sleeved
shirt open to the ribs and displaying a large, pendant necklace. Next he went
from " I Got A Woman " into " Amen ", back to " I Got A
Woman ", " Love Me ", then very solemnly " You Gave Me A
Mountain ". We know Elvis likes silence when he sings any religious or
moving song, he puts his whole soul into it and he wants you to enjoy it. But as
so often happens at Elvis concerts, one fan got carried away, jumped on the
stage and right on him!!! As the guard ran and peeled her off, Elvis continued
in true professional style, never missing a note of his song.
seemed a little startled and apprehensive as the crowd really got out of
control. More guards and police were called in to display order. Hundreds of
people were out of their seats, pressing forward toward the stage, everyone
wanting to get a closer look or maybe one of the scarves he kept handing out.
Elvis once backed off and said, " Mercy, folks, let's calm down ". He
then rushed through his next few songs, " Steamroller Blues ",
"All Shook Up ", " Teddy Bear " and " Don't Be Cruel
". He sang a lot of the old songs that are only "his" and the
crowd loved it.
Sean Shaver. © St.Louis, MO. March 22nd 1976
started to calm down as Elvis stopped for a drink of gatorade before plunging
into "Heartbreak Hotel", "Love Me Tender", "Polk Salad
Annie"', then the introductions. There were a few new guys in the band this
time, Larry London on drums, Jerry Keisler on piano and David Briggs on electric
piano. Elvis also brought the Joe Guercio orchestra with him for this tour. The
sound was terrific when you could hear it over the screams.
Elvis sang his new release, "Hurt". This song, an old Timi Yuro release, has never sounded so deep and soulful. He still has the ability to take any song and make it " his own ", " Hound Dog " followed by " America ", brought everyone to their feet, and finally the inevitable " Can't Help Falling In Love ".
St.Louis, MO. March 22nd 1976
published in “ The Strictly Elvis Generation No. 7 “.