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For all of that, these two Tampa shows are quite poorly documented: a few pictures, no home movie material and a recording of only the evening show. This is my feeble attempt to redress that balance...if ever so slightly.September 13, Sunday Two concerts were held in Tampa's Curtis Hixon [Hall]...each show attracted more than 7500 attendees. At the matinee, nearly everyone carried either an Instamatic camera, movie camera or tape recorder...
He strode out there with complete presence, consummate showmanship, and the screams went up to the rafter and the flashbulbs literally made a strobe effect in the air...Elvis vibrated as of old, lunged with hips and guitar, sang a run of songs in that very Elvis voice, which has never failed or wavered. It's a voice anyone can recognize, with its country inflections, its resonance, its intimacy - a far pleasanter and realer voice than that of, say, Eddie Fisher, his contemporary in the 1950s...And maybe the old ladies saw a successful, redeemed prodigal son, and what the teenyboppers saw, who knows? But those wearing the loafers and the short sleeved shirts and narrow ties, those with the hairdos like Elvis used to have but doesn't anymore, the hair swooping up and forward and around in a great pompadour, they knew what they were seeing: They were seeing the past, and it was still alive.
In the old days, in the role of a great sex symbol to millions, he was serious on stage. He sang his songs and retreated behind his guards. But now, he laughed, joked, clowned, imitated other singers and even rolled on the stage for effect. It was middle America’s day. A day to remember how things used to be. Or at least to remember how they used to seem...A man of about 45, who brought his teenage daughters, stomped to his feet to the tune of Don’t Be Cruel and shouted “give it to ‘em, Elvis, do it,” while his daughters remained calm. It was as if he was vindicating himself…showing that the “old man” was, and could still be, hip.
On Sept. 13, 1970, at the Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa, Fla., my husband and I went to see Elvis in concert. He was totally awesome! At one point he laid down on the stage and said "Well I think I'll finish the show from here folks, but then maybe not; I might get attacked." Then he got up. When he threw a scarf into the audience I almost got it, but a woman in front of me jumped up and got it. But I did get a very sexy look and smile from him.
That’s All Right - I Got a Woman/Amen - Love Me Tender - In the Ghetto - I’ve Lost You - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling - Polk Salad Annie - Introductions - Johnny B Goode - The Wonder of You - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes/Whole lotta Shakin Goin’ On - Hound Dog - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Suspicious Minds - Funny How Time Slips Away- Can’t Help Falling in Love
One of the Norcross photos, which later turned up in a Lichter book:Elvis Presley, Curtis Hixon Hall, Tampa, 1971; The last Elvis tour before he gained a ton of weight and started his slide. I was front row left shooting available light (no flash). The police threw out a New York Times photographer but let me continue to shoot as they knew me from having covered the music beat in Tampa for two years by then.
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hilton22000 wrote:Thank you very much for your story, John, you're very luck but you already know that, right? To see Elvis in 1970...what a dream, i love 70 shows.
This is what i have from September 13, 1970 Tampa, leaving the hotel - i hope this photo is from Tampa, but maibe you'll tell better.
After i read your post i'm not so sure this is from Tampa, he was wearing his glases in the photo - i can't wait to read your next post.
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elvisjock wrote:Who is the guy with the sunglasses? Looks to be an entourage member, but not someone I recognize.
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