Sun May 20, 2012 1:05 pm
Stokely, which is described as having some major code issues, is scheduled to be demolished after being vacated in December 2012. In recent years, it has housed offices for a number of UT athletic officials as well as ROTC. Volleyball and indoor track practices are still held there. The original part of the structure opened as the 7,800-seat UT Armory Fieldhouse for basketball in 1958, with permanent seating on the west end and temporary seating elsewhere. It was enlarged to its current seating capacity of 12,700 in 1966 and renamed after a financial gift from canning industrialist William B. Stokely... Entertainment stars from Elvis Presley to comedian Steve Martin also performed there.
He arrived just before it was time for him to go on stage...he was pale, swollen, he had no stamina. He looked over to where I stood, someone told him I was a former student of Dr. Nick; he smiled, nodded his head - very friendly, very. He stayed in his dressing room for about 1 minute, and one of his head honchos (Esposito?) was repeating over and over "45 minutes now, 50 minutes at the most, no longer." ...When Elvis came on stage, I thought, Elvis Presley is a sick, sick man. The stress and the tension he's under will kill him.
Just minutes into the show, he was sweating profusely and working even harder to deliver over a substandard sound system. This won't last long, I thought, sympathizing with how pale and lethargic Elvis looked in his heavy stage clothes...he thanked the crowd for coming "to sweat with me...when the show's over, I'll only be three feet tall." As always, the audience appreciated his wit, and the rest of the night sailed along good-naturedly.
He was visibly shaky, and his face, especially his eyes, reflected the fear that his efforts might fail. Standing next to him in the wings, I said quietly "Elvis, tell me something. How do you do it? How do you get onstage and perform feeling the way you do?" Elvis stood motionless, then said, "Larry, a man has to meet the occasion, no matter what it is. A real man rises to the occasion..." After a few songs, I looked up at Elvis from where I was kneeling at stage left and was astonished to see his face so radiant, the puffiness and pain gone. He had come back to life, for now.
2001 Theme / C.C. Rider / I Got a Woman -Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me Let Me Know / You Gave Me a Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / O Sole Mio - It's Now or Never / Little Sister / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / And I Love You So / How Great Thou Art / Introductions / Funny How Time Slips Away / Hurt / Hound Dog / Can't Help Falling in Love
To Friday night’s Stokely Center audience, Elvis was still the King. But he is an aging king whose enthusiasm or talent for performing has nearly diminished and whose old material needs uplifting. Presley began his performance with the upbeat C.C. Ryder and was acting fairly energetic, prancing about and waving his guitar to the beat of the music. He then gave the audience a thrill with his ole hip shaking routine in between numbers. After that the act went down quickly...Women brought him all kinds of gifts. He received flowers, handmade decorated guitars, pillows, stuffed animals and even a picture with a note written on the back. To these people, Elvis will always be the King. He has made it as a sex symbol. He had his Elvis voice and his Elvis appeal and the audience showed Friday night that those qualities are all that matters.
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Of interest are the outings for That's All Right and Heartbreak Hotel, and an earlier than usual appearance of Funny How Time Slips Away. On the other hand, we have a case of the QCS (Quick Close Syndrome) with Hurt - Hound Dog - CHFIL after the intros...C.C. Rider / I Got a Woman -Amen / That's All Right / Love Me / If You Love Me / You Gave Me a Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / O Sole Mio - It's Now or Never / Little Sister / Teddy Bear -Don't Be Cruel / My Way / Heartbreak Hotel / Funny How Time Slips Away / Introductions / Hurt / Hound Dog / Can't Help Falling in Love
So it went last night as Elvis Presley – the once, present and future king of rock ’n’ roll – came to Louisville for the third time in four years to prove, again, that even in middle age he still can turn on a crowd unlike anyone in show business. You’d think, after awhile, that even the most ardent Elvis fan would grow weary of the show. The performance last night was essentially the same one he did here four years ago. The same songs, the same souvenir hucksters selling “Super Elvis Treasures”, the same warm-up groups, the same comedian with the same tired jokes.
But the true-blue Elvis fan cares not a whit. Never mind that the show seems set in granite, or that Elvis has this bad habit of mumbling into the microphone so nobody past the first few rows can hear. All that matters is the opportunity to see and hear their idol.
To his credit, Elvis looked pretty good. His hair and eyebrows were jet black and his waistline, while a bit pudgy, was not out of control. On the whole, he looked considerably better than most guys in their early 40s. The voice was still there, too. From C.C. Rider to That’s All Right Mama to Jailhouse Rock to Hurt Elvis proved that the pipes still are there. And of course, he is still the only man in America who can simply glance over his shoulder – or wiggle his left thigh – and turn thousands of women into stark-raving animals.
Mon May 21, 2012 9:56 pm
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Tue May 22, 2012 7:00 pm
To my ears it's in above average sound quality, with an OK performance up to the point where Elvis starts to complain about the sound system - this seems to sap the show whatever energy it had. Even My Way sounds very ordinary tonight; and Hurt is missing altogether. Sherill Nielsen is brought out to pad the show out to decent length. Kinda pity, because it sounded at the beginning like it could have been a good show, with Elvis urging the band the "slow down" at the end of C.C. Rider.C.C. Rider / I Got a Woman - Amen / Love Me / Fairytale / You Gave Me a Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / Funny How Time Slips Away / O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never / Little Sister / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / My Way / Introductions / Danny Boy ( S. Nielsen) / Walk with Me (S. Nielsen) / Hound Dog / Can't Help Falling in Love
After more than 20 years, Elvis Presley remains the king of rock and roll. But anyone going to the Civic Center Sunday night to see his show should be prepared to wince and perhaps weep a little in between the clapping the screaming and the exciting music. At the Capital Centre Sunday, his face was puffy and pasty, his hair was dyed the same terrible color that Hubert Humphrey once tried and his paunch was only emphasized by the wide wrestler’s belt he wore. He sometimes stumbled, mumbled, giggled self-consciously and forgot names.
And yet as unattractive as Presley was by any objective evaluation, his hold on the audience was practically total and his singing was strong, fluid and often lovely. Presley is such a little boy, pouting when the microphone cut out – or when he thought it cut out – grinning cutely for the women under the beehive hairdos and acting the sullen tough when the song demanded it. He seemed to enjoy himself for the hour he was on stage, but he also seemed tired and, for a very brief moment or two, baffled as to what he was doing there.
A woman nearby said she thought it was pathetic the way the over-40 Elvis tried to perpetuate his old self. Why couldn’t he, she suggested, dress conservatively, act his age and move through his years more gracefully? This woman she attended the concert because her friends happened to have a free ticket and her reaction probably was shared by a number of mid-range fans. I think the vast majority of the audience, however, got off on Elvis just as he appeared. They, too, seemed to know that, although they looked a trifle funny as they grew older in tight pants, silly make-up and old-fashioned ideas, they kind of like it that way, and the rest of the planet be damned
Tue May 22, 2012 11:58 pm
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Wed May 23, 2012 9:32 pm
I would rate the sound quality of this release below the one from 22nd: it's a bit too echoey to my taste. The show itself is a step up from the previous day, with Hurt being back in the lineup. Of special note is the final appearance of Funny How Time Slips Away in an Elvis concert. At the end of the show he mentions how they're trying out a new sound system - it feels like he's still not happy with it. The sound issues would bother some of the other shows on this tour, also. All in all, this sounds like a solid, if unremarkable, show.C.C. Rider / I Got a Woman - Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / You Gave Me a Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / O Sole Mio - It’s Now or Never / Little Sister / Teddy Bear - Don’t Be Cruel / Funny How Time Slips Away / My Way / Introductions / Hurt / Hound Dog / Can’t Help Falling in Love
Elvis Presley and his female fans are growing middle-aged together - and the ladies are as adoring as ever. Presley doesn't move as much as he did in the 1950s when he hit stardom as "Elvis the Pelvis." But that didn't bother the 13,500 fans who jammed into the Providence Civic Center Monday night. Some among those who paid $10 to $15 for their 60 minutes of ecstasy complained Presley had gotten fat. Others said he didn't wiggle enough. But they all loved him.
There was a point last night, during Elvis concert at the Civic Center, when started to sing "My Way." The first reaction was to bridle...But he was tremendous. Sure those lyrics about "biting it off and spitting it out" and stuff are so contrived as to be totally ridiculous., but Presley's performance saved them, hard as that may be to believe. Singing as though he really meant what he was singing, really putting his heart into, he reminded us all that he really has done it his way. The former truck driver from Tupelo, Miss., who scandalized all the 40-year-olds with his hip-shaking and such, who posed such a threat to society as we knew it, is a star now, and a big one.
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