Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"

Fri May 06, 2011 5:54 am

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Billboard - October 10, 1970


Elvis formally hit the road in September 1970, after unpleasant tours of duty in the Army and Hollywood that consumed the better part of thirteen long years. His last tour, in Hawaii, ran all of three shows on November 10 and 11, 1957.

After the triumph of his December 1968 TV Special, outstanding Memphis recordings in January and February 1969, and his sizzling stage return in Las Vegas that July, everyone expected a U.S. and worldwide tour to follow. Instead 1970 came and fans were given two more month-long bookings in Vegas, and Elvis blowing the roof off of the Houston Astrodome with six incredible performances in three days. Another fruitful studio session in June was logged as tour plans were finally considered for September.

Elvis took his current TCB band, along with the Sweet Inspirations, the Hugh Jarrett Singers (filling in for the Imperials, who were unavailable), Kathy Westmoreland and local orchestras led by Joe Guercio to help make the magic.

As may be seen by the above ad, the tour was a tremendous success. Elvis was a lean, mean rockin' machine.


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Elvis, "Polk Salad Annie," Thursday, September 10, St. Louis


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Elvis, "Suspicious Minds," Friday, September 11, Detroit


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Elvis, Saturday, September 12, Miami (afternoon)


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Elvis, Saturday, September 12, Miami (evening)


The sets were as amazing as they were varied. Here's one example:

Elvis Presley
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI
Friday, September 11, 1970

Opening Theme
That's All Right
I Got A Woman / Amen
I Walk The Line (one-liner)
Love Me Tender
I've Lost You
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
Polk Salad Annie / Release Me / Polk Salad Annie
Introductions of musicians, singers, orchestra
Johnny B Goode
The Wonder Of You
Detroit City (one-liner)
Heartbreak Hotel
Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / All Shook Up / Blue Suede Shoes
Hound Dog
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Funny How Time Slips Away
Suspicious Minds
Cant Help Falling In Love
Closing Vamp



Sadly, although it has been over 40 years since this tour thrilled thousands, fans have yet to see any kind of officially released document of this event. If there are soundboard recordings, they remain behind closed doors.

Maybe someday we'll be able to hear what all the fuss was about.
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Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Fri May 06, 2011 6:01 am

I certainly hope so!

Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Fri May 06, 2011 6:01 am

Very KOOL Doc! ::rocks PS. As a kid went to the Miami Convention Center to see INSIDE the the 3 ring circus. Huge place!
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Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Fri May 06, 2011 6:03 am

Cool ad. Elvis was the man in 1970.

Are there any particular dates for which the soundboard is rumoured to be in private hands?

Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Fri May 06, 2011 6:09 am

Fabulous stuff Doc.
He really was lean, mean & kicking butt. What a guy!

Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Fri May 06, 2011 7:30 am

Good ads there. You can almost feel the excitment of the period.

Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Fri May 06, 2011 8:16 am

Awesome ads! For a second i had hope this referred to a rare Sly Stone cover--- but that's a
fitting title...

Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Fri May 06, 2011 8:31 am

There was, indeed, a riot going on.

Thanks for the reminder of our man at his best, Doc.

Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Fri May 06, 2011 1:14 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:Maybe someday we'll be able to hear what all the fuss was about.


Maybe someday, somewhere along the way...........

Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Fri May 06, 2011 2:06 pm

But, but, but Jerry Weintraub says he played Miami on the 4th of July!

Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Fri May 06, 2011 3:04 pm

Some cool photos there, like that last one in Miami.
It woulod have been nice to hear some of his first tour in more than a decade.

Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Fri May 06, 2011 5:56 pm

I was watching the two August, 1970 Vegas rehearsals last night. Mid-to-late 1970 really was the peak for Elvis, personally and professionally. His filmed conversation with the Sweets (Gee Gee) is rather adorable. (Show him, on his knees in front of four black girls, to anyone that buys into the notion that he was racist.) He is completely focused on the music. He knows exactly what he wants to hear. There's not a slurred word to be heard.

Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Fri May 06, 2011 7:50 pm

Mike Eder wrote:Good ads there. You can almost feel the excitment of the period.




Indeed. It almost feels like suddenly everyone was a Elvis-fan again like in the 50s and that his new material would be loved as much as his oldies.

Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Fri May 06, 2011 8:12 pm

Great post. The Miami Beach matinee ad gives credence to the Jerry Weintraub story?

Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Fri May 06, 2011 8:28 pm

Delboy wrote:Great post. The Miami Beach matinee ad gives credence to the Jerry Weintraub story?


There's never been any doubt that Elvis did a matinee in Miami in 1970. What gets called into question are the Weintraub embellishments - that it happened on July 4th and that he heroically created a sellout by recruiting jail inmates to remove 5000 unsold floor seats.

Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Fri May 06, 2011 8:51 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:Image
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Billboard - October 10, 1970



Elvis formally hit the road in September 1970, after unpleasant tours of duty in the Army and Hollywood that consumed the better part of thirteen long years. His last tour, in Hawaii, ran all of three shows on November 10 and 11, 1957.

After the triumph of his December 1968 TV Special, outstanding Memphis recordings in January and February 1969, and his sizzling stage return in Las Vegas that July, everyone expected a U.S. and worldwide tour to follow. Instead 1970 came and fans were given two more month-long bookings in Vegas, and Elvis blowing the roof off of the Houston Astrodome with six incredible performances in three days. Another fruitful studio session in June was logged as tour plans were finally considered for September.

Elvis took his current TCB band, along with the Sweet Inspirations, the Hugh Jarrett Singers (filling in for the Imperials, who were unavailable), Kathy Westmoreland and local orchestras led by Joe Guercio to help make the magic.

As may be seen by the above ad, the tour was a tremendous success. Elvis was a lean, mean rockin' machine.



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Elvis, "Polk Salad Annie," Thursday, September 10, St. Louis



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Elvis, "Johnny B. Goode," Thursday, September 10, St. Louis



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Elvis, "Suspicious Minds," Friday, September 11, Detroit



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Elvis, Saturday, September 12, Miami (afternoon)



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Elvis, Saturday, September 12, Miami (evening)



The sets were as amazing as they were varied. Here's one example:

Elvis Presley
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI
Friday, September 11, 1970

Opening Theme
Thats All Right
I Got A Woman / Amen
I Walk The Line (one-liner)
Love Me Tender
I've Lost You
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
Polk Salad Annie / Release Me / Polk Salad Annie
Introductions of musicians, singers, orchestra
Johnny B Goode
The Wonder Of You
Detroit City (one-liner)
Heartbreak Hotel
Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / All Shook Up / Blue Suede Shoes
Hound Dog
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Funny How Time Slips Away
Suspicious Minds
Cant Help Falling In Love
Closing Vamp



Sadly, although it has been over 40 years since this tour thrilled thousands, fans have yet to see any kind of officially released document of the event. If there are soundboard recordings, they remain behind closed doors.

Maybe someday we'll be able to hear what all the fuss was about.


Until then, we can reflect on Jim Morrison's enjoyment of the Miami performance. :wink: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=58662


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Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Fri May 06, 2011 8:55 pm

Great idea Monk, let's rehash the Morrison debate.

Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Fri May 06, 2011 9:22 pm

Its a damn shame that some of the shows barely made it to 40 minutes. 45 minutes at the most.

Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Fri May 06, 2011 9:35 pm

DEH wrote:Its a damn shame that some of the shows barely made it to 40 minutes. 45 minutes at the most.

They still would have been better than listening to longer shows from 1976 that contained 6 minutes of Amen/Dive-bombing and 20+ minutes of band intros.

Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Fri May 06, 2011 10:22 pm

Off topic but I wanted to mention it since that Jim Morrison-article is shown. Reportedly Jim's favorite Beach Boys album was Wild Honey (others say it was Pet Sounds). Anyway he was at the Whisky (iirc) one night with Eric Burdon and they started to boo a local singer, which prompted Dennis Wilson to beat them up. Don't know who won.....
Anyway, back to the topic.

Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Sat May 07, 2011 1:55 am

Juan Luis wrote:Very KOOL Doc! ::rocks PS. As a kid went to the Miami Convention Center to see INSIDE the the 3 ring circus. Huge place!

TJ wrote:Cool ad. Elvis was the man in 1970.

Are there any particular dates for which the soundboard is rumoured to be in private hands?

Julian Grant wrote:Fabulous stuff Doc.
He really was lean, mean & kicking butt. What a guy!

Mike Eder wrote:Good ads there. You can almost feel the excitement of the period.

Gregory Nolan Jr. wrote:Awesome ads! For a second i had hope this referred to a rare Sly Stone cover--- but that's a fitting title...

George Smith wrote:There was, indeed, a riot going on.

Thanks for the reminder of our man at his best, Doc.

elvisjock wrote:But, but, but Jerry Weintraub says he played Miami on the 4th of July!

elvisjock wrote:I was watching the two August, 1970 Vegas rehearsals last night. Mid-to-late 1970 really was the peak for Elvis, personally and professionally. His filmed conversation with the Sweets (Gee Gee) is rather adorable. (Show him, on his knees in front of four black girls, to anyone that buys into the notion that he was racist.) He is completely focused on the music. He knows exactly what he wants to hear. There's not a slurred word to be heard.

Rocker wrote:Indeed. It almost feels like suddenly everyone was a Elvis-fan again like in the 50s and that his new material would be loved as much as his oldies.

Great, and hilarious, feedback. Thank you.

I stumbled across the ad looking for some ... Partridge Family information. I had to post it.

TJ, I've heard nothing concrete regarding SB tapes, but surely there must be one or two.

George, you nailed the subtext quite nicely.

Who here knows the best overall audience recording for the tour (sound, songs, performance, crowd)?

Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Sat May 07, 2011 5:49 am

Well, thank God he wore this suit, Martian collar and all.
In Miami. Sorry Doors guys. And NO CAPE YET. But no black cool either. A blessing. Why?
Cause if he wore the more likeable 69 outfits and the seat split as they did about ten times . . . in Miami?

Well I don't think they'd buy "but it's not my fault!"
I'm serious. They were insane down there at the time.
Same place where a Herb Rowe called his integrated 56 audience "idiots who should be slapped in the mouth."
Elvis responded:"Well he's an idiot!" Among other things.

So best he wore the less cool white suit. No whoosh of air in the uh end.
Thus no silver bracelets in the warmth of Miami.
I lived there as a kid for a bit. I hated the place. Mean kids.
My dad's job took us up south. I was thrilled to leave. Mean place, Miami. Back in the day anyway.
Seems like he did ok tho.
FYI.
From rjm.
Many thanks Doc.

-- note: edited some spelling in Sep. 2012. Back then I had that damn little Kindle, apparently!
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Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Sat May 07, 2011 7:45 pm

rjm wrote:Well, thank God he wore this suit, Martian collar and all.
In Miami. Sorry Doors guys. And NO CAPE YET.


Not sure what you are smoking. This isn't a giant martian collar?

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Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Sun May 08, 2011 5:50 am

So cool!
Great post!

Re: Sep '70 Tour --> "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Sun May 08, 2011 6:12 am

I should have put quotes around it. I did NOT call it that; some Doors survivor who attended called it that a few posts earlier in an article remembering -imperfectly- their experierence. They did say they enjoyed the show.

I wanted to clear up why Elvis dropped those first cool black suits. He still looked incredible. They got confused.
Perhaps they expected the black two piece ones they had read about. I dunno.

It wasn't workable for him. These suits are simple enough for for me.

If SOMEONE had read the thread they just might have seen the article that someone posted.
Unfortunately people let their memories become contaminated by stuff they saw later.
He ALWAYS had high collars anyway. THEY were smokin something. Not me.
It's not that long a thread. Sheesh.