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Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:49 pm

Linda, you rock. Thank you for taking the time to post your stories about your Elvis experiences.

They are a breath of fresh air.

Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:39 pm

Is this the recording out of the 8 track ? i still have that 8 track concert. :D

Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:16 pm

Steve, the June 1976 shows were quite good. I wasn't on the front row for them, and that was a disappointment in itself, but they were good shows! I never really thought about him coming in June and then again in December. Guess Colonel Parker knew we loved Elvis in Atlanta and he would have a very successful engagement here. I wonder if Elvis ever requested to come to a certain city, or did Colonel Parker have total control over where Elvis toured?

Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:06 pm

Very nice video!

Colonel sure got his money's worth out of photographer Ed Bonja that night. Today LP cover. Pieces Of My Life 45 cover. Canadian Tribute LP cover.

That's one of my favorite jumpsuits. It's among the most intricate from the "studded totemic" period. He looks good.

Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:29 am

Such great stories Linda. Thanks for sharing them with us!


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Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:40 am

Great memories thanks Linda!~ :D
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Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:00 am

I just wanted to say a sincere thank you to everyone for being so nice. It has truly been a pleasure to share my Atlanta Elvis memories with all of you. What a wonderful time it was! :)

Elvisly,

Linda

Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:25 am

lovin' EP wrote:I just wanted to say a sincere thank you to everyone for being so nice. It has truly been a pleasure to share my Atlanta Elvis memories with all of you. What a wonderful time it was! :)

Elvisly,

Linda


Thanks for sharing Linda. Much appreciated by us fellow fans!!

Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:47 pm

lovin' EP wrote:Brad, thanks for posting this pic. I can't believe I've never seen it. I'm also posting a newspaper review of the June 21, 1973 show that I sent Francesc many years ago.



CONCERT DATE: June 21, 1973 Atlanta, GA. And -- Wow It Was Elvis by Gregory Jaynes
The Atlanta Constitution
June 22, 1973

They played ELvis' standard opening tune, the weighty theme from "2001" - the one that makes you think that God is coming - and Presley walked out and the Omni sounded like somebody had caught a 10,000 pound banshee in a vice

Outside, scalpers were selling tickets for $30 down to $5, depending on how desperate a man indicated he was. Inside, there were 17,143 paid-in-full consumers yelling like they had bought music on tap

It was the first of five Atlanta performances for Presley, who looks these days like the world's oldest Osmond brother, twitches instead of twists, but still set a place on fire.

After enduring a painful comic - "Tell your kids it's better to be hot and bothered than satisfied and worried, that's telling it like it is" - and a fine-looking-but-this-is-a-warmup-act called the Sweet Inspirations, the folks got what they paid for.

He came out dressed like a General Electric test of 1,000 60-watt lightbulbs and ground right into some good old rock and roll. Thirteen cops positioned themselves in front of the stage and the gutsy fans surged forward, only to be ushered back.

One zealous female security guard charged an Instamatic wielder with a flashlight but the flashbulb popped first and the picture taker was ushered away, happy.

There were young, middle-aged and old in the crowd. The ugly fat girls of the 1950s, the ones you had to find a date when you took their good-looking girlfriend out, are now 35-year-old fat girls who look like they've eating 45 r.p.m. records between meals. They were there amongst others.

"Treat me like a fool, Treat me mean and cruel," ELvis sang, flicking sweat, and the crowd swooned. "Love Me Tender, love me true," he genufled, and 5,000 women were salivating.

He sang the old songs and the new ones and threw away more scarves than clothed Ghandi in his whole lifetime. They fought like dogs over the scarves.

Meanwhile, programs sold out and a concrete-haired woman declared: "I wished I 'd bought one, just on general principle."

He took time out to introduce the band and the people in the crowd were so hyped up they applauded hard for all kinds of names they had never heard. "The guy who gives me water, ladies and gentlemen (Yeeeeeaaah!) and sings harmony with me. His name is Charlie Hodge.

And all the while, there were women who whooped while their husbands sat stiff, trying to notice nothing.

The people, apparently mostly all devout Presley fans, indicated they got what they paid for. There were no boos and no hecklers, only hysterical clappers.

When he launched into "How Great Thou Art," it sounded like the Omni seams were splitting. "Whoowee," yelled a man. "Shoot, that's pretty"

The show ended after Presley bowed in four directions, spreading his orange undercolored cape to all and swooping like Batman.

"Elvis has left the building," an obese master of ceremonies said immediately.

There had been a waiting limousine to take him to the airport, "He won't even use the dressing room," Hovie Lester had said. Lester, one of the South's beat-known gospel singers, is a friend of Charlie Hodge, who carries Elvis' water and sings harmony.

"Same, honey?" a tan, thin man in white shoes asked his lacquer-haired wife on the way out.

"He is," she said. "I ain't."

Courtesy of Linda Helms
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This review is total BS, it is BS on roids.

How do i know that?

I have dubbed footage from all the atlanta shows in 73 and elvis looks great, maybe not "aloha thin", but still great and he is movin a lot, he even does a march on AT, I cant help but thinking the media hated elvis most of the time. In the 50s he was too vulgar, in the 60s he was too trivial and in the 70s he was not 18 anymore, how dare he!

Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:59 pm

Hey guys, since some of you seem to be a little bit "miffed" by the newspaper review by Gregory Jaynes, I though I'd post this article by Scott Cain, who was a well known writer back in the day. Interesting to compare the two reviews of the same show. You can find a lot of great newspaper articles in Francesc's great site.

CONCERT DATE: June 21, 1973 Atlanta, GA. Elvis: Mr Cool Tore 'Em Up
by Scott Cain
The Atlanta Journal
June 22, 1973

Elvis tore 'em up at the Omni Thursday night.

It's difficult to imagine that anyone went away unhappy. His show was more fun than anybody had a right to expect, and you can give all credit to Elvis, who keeps a determinedly sane attitude toward the hysteria that his presence creates.

Going to one of his concerts is not so much a musical experience as a collection of vignettes, mostly about audience reaction.

Item: Elvis' entrance is preceded by the so-called "2001" theme, which is certainly a tough act to follow, but Elvis does it. When he comes bounding on stage surrounded by a battery of bodyguards, the shrieks of his fans practically bring the walls tumbling down. The popping flashbulbs light up the auditorium as bright as the noonday sun at Stone Mountain.

Item: Elvis knows that his every movement will bring squeals of delight, and he has his act shrewdly choreographed to maintain interest throughout his long turn. The simple act of shaking his formidable locks sends shivers of delight running through his feminine fans, and when no moves the pelvis the audience goes wild.

ITEM: At regular intervals, despite very strict security, one of his admirers can restrain herself no longer and makes a mad dash for the stage, always intercepted well before the danger zone.

Item: Elvis loves to tease the audience by throwing away scarves which he has used to wipe his forehead. Ironically, the first one he tossed aside was caught by a boy. The second was captured by a young woman who looked as if she would swoon from ecstasy. The third was snared simultaneously by two girls, who ultimately had to split their trophy.

Item: The Elvis hip-shaking is not as frantic as in olden days. In fact, Elvis plays the whole thing supercool, knowing that the crowd is practically beside itself with excitement anyway. He goes so far as to offer "Blue Suede Shoes" in a restrained manner.

Item: Elvis looks great. His coloring is good. The hair is still longish, but now has the fashionable dry look and that's a welcome change from his greasy-kid-stuff days. He has broad shoulders, yet retains a trim and athletic appearance. He wore the now-familiar white outfit which has a lot of these spangles that are dearly beloved by country music stars. The costume came complete with heavily decorated belt and flared trousers.

ITEM: The voice is fully secure and probably a more serviceable instrument than ever owing to his improved technique. He got his sturdiest applause from ballads rather than his rock'n'roll classics, and that's the best compliment to his vocal ability. He got a tumultuous ovation for "How Great Thou Art."

At the opening of his show, Elvis made a brief pretense of playing the guitar, but soon discarded it altogether to concentrate on his singing.

Elvis quit at exactly the moment when everyone was wishing that the show would last all night. Isn't that the best time?

Courtesy of Linda Helms

Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:47 pm

Is there any evidence, whether from onstage remarks, newspaper articles, or interviews with band members/friends, where Elvis gives his opinion about performing in Atlanta?

Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:32 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful memories with us, Linda! ::rocks

Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:38 pm

Wonderful memories. Thanks a lot.

Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:00 pm

Jeremy, I know there is one show from Atlanta that he says something like "it seems like our second home to us, we've been here so many times." I'll research and see if I can find that show. Seems like it may have been the last show he did in Atlanta in June/July of 1973. Good question!!

Elvisly,

Linda

Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:27 pm

Here's the show where he says "seems like a second home". I think he also added "we've been here so many times" but it seems to be cut off at the very end of CC Rider.

Elvisly,

Linda

http://ciscoking.jordans-elvis-world.co ... cdr/02.ram

Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:09 pm

After "See See Rider" he says....."Here I am......My Second Home Boy"..

Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Fri Oct 11, 2013 11:29 pm

Right from the horse's mouth. Thanks so much for the detective work, Linda & DEH.

Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:00 am

Good to see you back here Linda......love your stories....thanks a lot for sharing.

Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:15 am

lovin' EP wrote:Elvisjock, here's my recording of What Now My Love. Our resident poster, The Fool, used the pics that you posted in this video. I sent him the pictues out of the booklet I got from the Omni that night.

I could scan the pages of the booklet (posted in b&w by elvisjock) and post them here, if it´s ok by Linda. She was so very kind to send me the booklet for the video slideshow.

Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Sat Oct 12, 2013 1:01 am

The Fool, of course, it's okay to post any pictures I sent you to use in the video you made. :D

Thanks!!

Elvisly,

Linda

Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:41 pm

This footage is dated 4 June 1976, I thought it should be included in this really interesting thread and hopefully spur on some more stories from those who saw EP:

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This being dated 5 June, 1976:

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2 May 1975 e/s:

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Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:37 pm

lovin' EP wrote:I just wanted to say a sincere thank you to everyone for being so nice. It has truly been a pleasure to share my Atlanta Elvis memories with all of you. What a wonderful time it was! :)

Elvisly,

Linda


We loved reading about them! :P

Re: Elvis at Atlanta's Omni Coliseum: A Look Back (1973–1976

Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:22 pm

Very nice. Thank you very much