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Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:21 pm
Jim Dandy wrote:Come on, don't lead us on: what happened at the hotel?
Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:15 pm
Ricky wrote:Jim Dandy wrote:Come on, don't lead us on: what happened at the hotel?
Jim, here's a copy of an old thread.
Ironically, this story begins with Anne Williams, former Sweet Inspiration from 1969 and 1970. It turned out her mother lived across town and a friend’s mother knew Anne. I remember a light blue jumpsuit belt hanging on the wall, a real earlier one with very little studs. But she told some great stories like the time the Sweets gave Elvis a live turtle for his birthday, painted in multi colors. I told her me and two buddies were flying to Pittsburgh for NYE, could she get us in to meet Elvis. She wrote Elvis a letter and asked me to deliver to him personally. The letter was about her concern for his health.
After we arrived at the Hilton, we tried to get off on Elvis’ floor. Wasn’t going to happen. Ed Parker was in the elevator with us. I recognized him from my karate magazines and asked him if he was Elvis bodyguard. Yes, of course was his reply, but he wouldn't let us off the elevator when the door opened. So we called Anne long distance and she called the Sweets. Sadly, they told her that it was rare if they even saw Elvis off stage and couldn’t help. Anne called back to apologize and sent us to their room to deliver the letter. Myrna answer the door and politely told us the same thing. Damn!
We decided to check out the hotel. We took a freight elevator that emptied out to a dark kitchen that led out to an underground parking garage and there parked was a limo. We were certain this was were he would leave from. So we headed upstairs for lunch. Seated just in front of us was Colonel Parker and I think Jerry Schilling. Don’t ask me why we didn’t go over there. For some reason I remember being so intimidated. The lobby was filled with people, JD Sumner, Ed Parker and of course Jim Curtin. I remember JD letting me touch his TCB necklace, I had never seen diamonds running down the bolt before. I asked him if I could have it and he replied deeply,” I don’t think so”!
Later that night we returned to the garage. Someone in the lobby has said there was no way Elvis was going to still be on stage at midnight. So the later it got the more worried we’d miss the show. I think we waited till 9:00 p.m. and gave up and took a cab to the arena. At fan club meeting months later, I saw pictures of Elvis arriving in that very garage. Damn!
You guessed it, the show started unusually late. It was so cold in that building. The flooring evidently covered the ice needed for the hockey games, but at least they sold beer. Elvis came out the curtain backstage center. I was sitting in the section directly behind the piano. Sitting next to the piano player was little Lisa, wearing a brown fur coat and a beautiful woman who I yelled out “Priscilla”!! Turns out of course it was Ginger. As the CD goes, it was a great show! My best moment was being so close when he sat down to play Rags to Riches. I remember the show being so long at the time. But he looked great, compared to that past August 1st in Hampton Va. I thought it was going to be a great year.
After the show, the snow had fallen significantly. We tried to get a cab, it was taking forever. So we ran, on foot, back to the Hilton at about 2:00 am. I was frozen. Several members of the band was in the lobby but we called it a night. The next day, from the 17th floor, we could see where someone had stamped out in the snow…F*#k You Pat… I read in a book later, that it was one of the guys in the orchestra. We took the elevator to Elvis’ floor. There were empty champagne bottles and room service trays everywhere in the hall.
But everyone was gone. Sorry if I rambled on. Every time you guys bring up NYE the memories flood back. My wife hated that album. I’d play it every year on NYE and tell the same old stories.
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elvis-fan wrote:That is a great shot of Elvis... it almost looks as though it's from June 1975 and not the Pittsburgh '76 show...
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