I'm sorry for the delay in posting to this thread....
A really nice find Doc, thanks so much. It's a nice article and it is very well written. As I recall the concerts I attended in 1976 I have to say the review is honestly presented.
Your efforts, posts, and obvious hard work throughout FECC is much appreciated by me and many. Thanks very much.
Your kind words make my day brighter, thank you.
I am a bit surprised this 1976 show review from the #1
rock 'n' roll magazine has seemingly garnered fewer than a hundred views of the actual article. You will not find it online anywhere else, I scanned it from my personal archive. Harper Barnes
was an intelligent fan who saw the show for exactly what it was, and what it was not. And notice he makes no rude mentions of Presley's weight or outfit. He's more interested in the man, his music, and its impact on the gathered fans in St. Louis. Given the flurry of excitement here recently about a few "new" 1976 shows surfacing on the audience-recorded bootleg circuit, I wonder why members are avoiding an even-handed look at the performance. In many ways it is a reality check, but done with professionalism.
The entire 3-22-1976
show from the Keil Auditorium in St. Louis is online, so anyone may hear what Barnes experienced that night:
This would be the last show where Elvis had Shane Keister
(piano) and Larrie Londin
(drums) in the band. Londin is really excellent, he played exactly as Presley wanted, but with the added enthusiasm of being a new member of the band. Keister had enough, and left, never to return. Also, this is apparently the last time Elvis delivered a cover of "Let Me Be There" in concert. It is somewhat restrained, but his affection for the 1973 Olivia Newton-John
hit still shines through. Sorry, midnightx