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How Much Did Elvis Make Per Concert In The 70's?

Mon Feb 27, 2006 2:09 pm

I was just curious if anyone had an idea on average how much $'s Elvis took home for himself per concert?

Interesting to know...

Mon Feb 27, 2006 4:55 pm

By 1976 wasn't it about $1m per tour (15-20 dates?).

Not sure about Elvis' cut though - around $500k after expenses and paying the colonel's cut. So $25k per gig on a 20 day tour?

Just an estimate mind

Andrew

Mon Feb 27, 2006 4:57 pm

Wot's that worth in today's money ?

Mon Feb 27, 2006 5:32 pm

Is $1m roughly $3-4m in todays money?

Any US economists on the board who can enlighten us - I've only got a UK price deflator.

Andrew

Mon Feb 27, 2006 5:49 pm

AndrewJ wrote:Is $1m roughly $3-4m in todays money?

Any US economists on the board who can enlighten us - I've only got a UK price deflator.

Andrew


That sounds about right.

Mon Feb 27, 2006 8:08 pm

Not sure if it's in "Revelations" but I remember reading that Elvis was amazed that his cut was $800k after paying everybody else. (Possibly in Charlie's book.)

Mon Feb 27, 2006 8:20 pm

No wonder he toured so much.

Mon Feb 27, 2006 9:23 pm

It's interesting to note that in 1976 you were charged only $15.00 USD for a ticket to see Elvis perform at the Las Vegas Hilton. Today you can pay up to $325.00 USD for a front area seat to see Celine Dion perform her show at Caesar's Palace. What a change in 30 years...

Mon Feb 27, 2006 10:23 pm

And worse than that you have to sit through a show by Celine Dion :wink:

Geoff

Tue Feb 28, 2006 12:18 am

At his largest paid concert in Pontiac, where 60,000 saw him, I recall reading the box office total was around $800,000. I bet he got a nice chunk of $change$ for that one night's work.

Realistically he should have made more money from his gruelling Las Vegas engagements but this was one of those poor, short sighted, deals the colonel made.

Tue Feb 28, 2006 12:47 am

ekenee wrote:
but this was one of those poor, short sighted, deals the colonel made.


Makes one want to fly to Palm Memorial Park in Las Vegas and take a whiz on "Colonel's" cremains.

Tue Feb 28, 2006 1:03 am

I think some ground on this can be gained from what Elvis says at the closing 2.9.74 show about what Elvis paid Bill Cosby to do the show(s) on 26th August for him...doesn't Elvis say he paid him $10,000 a show? so does that mean that Elvis got around $10,000 for each Vegas show he performed in the 70's??? :roll:

Tue Feb 28, 2006 1:40 am

tupelo_boy wrote:And worse than that you have to sit through a show by Celine Dion :wink:

Geoff


:lol: Geoff, we're starting to think alike. I wonder which one of us should be the most concerned about that :wink:

Tue Feb 28, 2006 1:45 am

tupelo_boy wrote:And worse than that you have to sit through a show by Celine Dion :wink:

Geoff


>>>Now that's funny
spike

Tue Feb 28, 2006 1:47 am

$10 per ticket x number of fans. I don't know what the Col got and what the show cost was, but let's say that he grossed a $100k per night on tour, not sure what he got in Vegas.

That would be $312,000 per night in 2006 dollars.

Tue Feb 28, 2006 6:39 am

elvis-fan wrote:It's interesting to note that in 1976 you were charged only $15.00 USD for a ticket to see Elvis perform at the Las Vegas Hilton. Today you can pay up to $325.00 USD for a front area seat to see Celine Dion perform her show at Caesar's Palace. What a change in 30 years...


That was Elvis' doings. He demanded that the ticket prices stay as low as possible so that pretty much anyone who wanted to see his show was able to afford it.

Providing it wasn't sold out before you were able to order tickets. Sometimes it only took a few hours for him to sell out.

Tue Feb 28, 2006 7:13 am

EagleUSA wrote:ekenee wrote:
but this was one of those poor, short sighted, deals the colonel made.


Makes one want to fly to Palm Memorial Park in Las Vegas and take a whiz on "Colonel's" cremains.


Are you serious? That's where the old goat is buried? I had no idea. My dad is buried there! Yikes, my dad is neighbor's in perpetuity with the colonel! Next time I go visit him I'll make sure I visit the colonel's marker and "take one for the boys" on the board here.

Tue Feb 28, 2006 11:53 am

Hahaha :lol: , I love sarcasm!

The greedy ol┬┤guy made more $$$$$$$ than his client!

O.S.

Tue Feb 28, 2006 1:24 pm

Come to think of it, I myself, would love to cover the Ol' Bastard's marker with urine! I suppose taking a dump would be a little bit too greedy!

Wed Mar 01, 2006 7:56 am

thefunkyangel wrote: I suppose taking a dump would be a little bit too greedy!


Not to mention redundant :wink: