Fri May 10, 2013 8:42 pm
C.C. Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / Help Me / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / And I Love You So / Fever / America the Beautiful / Introductions /Hurt / Hound Dog / Funny How Time Slips Away / Blue Christmas / That's All Right / Can't Help Falling In Love
Nevada State Journal wrote:The star's sometimes thin voiced replicas of his hits - and then usually jammed into medleys or abbreviated versions - might have left the curious first-time watchers of the real, live Elvis wondering what all the commotion was about. It left this writer, at least, wanting more fire, but getting only smoke...If Elvis is 41 years old, his voice doesn't reflect it. When he wants to be strong, he's dynamite. But when he slacks off - as he did on such potential show-stoppers as Hound Dog, All Shook Up and Johnny B. Goode - the result is thin and muddled.
Reno Evening Gazette wrote:Say what you want about Presley…and if you choose less than glowing terms, I’ll probably join you. The guy’s never been my favorite (far from it, as a matter of fact) and I’ve never understood the magic he undeniably permeates. But, as a reporter, I must report that the magic – or whatever it is that exists between Presley and his hordes of fans – still exists...What can you say about Presley? First of all, the crowd saw a Presley whose voice hasn’t suffered over the years and a Presley who didn’t appear as chubby as reported in recent years.
Fri May 10, 2013 11:32 pm
Fri May 10, 2013 11:34 pm
Presley Memories Stronger Than Reality
Pat O'Driscoll, Nevada State Journal
Friday, November 26, 1976
When Elvis Presley bounced up onstage Wednesday night amid a blinding blaze of popping flashbulbs, a sold-out Centennial Coliseum shook with screams and cheers.
But about 70 minutes later, as "The King" was whisked off the stage to the closing strains of "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You," the din of shuffling feet heading for the exits rivaled the applause of the Elvis fans who were still in their seats.
For the true Elvis followers -- and there were many at the Thanksgiving Eve show in Reno -- nothing mattered. They had made their pilgrimage, they had seen their idol. But the star's sometimes thin-voiced replicas of his hits -- and then usually jammed into medleys or abbreviated versions -- might have left the curious first-time watchers of the real, live Elvis wondering what all the commotion was about. It left this writer, at least, wanting more fire, but getting only smoke.
Perhaps it was the commercial, carnival machine surrounding the aura of the rock 'n' roll star who, at age 41, can deserve to slow down the pace and bask in the worship of millions of followers. The man's magic -- with a little slick sales savvy -- was nicely distilled into buttons, photo albums, programs, $8 posters and mini-binoculars hawked by roving vendors and at "Elvis Super-Souvenir" concession stands.
The audience -- a milling mosaic of old and young, denim grubby and chiffon chic -- appreciated Elvis with the standard shrieks, screams and cheers. But the reaction was mechanical, with polite roars as songs opened and closed, and dead silence in-between.
Perhaps they were too busy munching their foot-long hot dogs and spilling their ice-filled soft drink cups. The whole scene seemed suited more to football or basketball, not a music concert.
Ahhhh -- but this is Elvis. And Elvis -- like baseball, hot dogs and apple pie -- is all-American. What better way to celebrate him than with the commercial trappings of all-American hucksterism?
If Elvis is 41 years old, his voice doesn't reflect it. When he wants to be strong, he's dynamite. But when he slacks off -- as he did on such potential show-stoppers as "Hound Dog," "All Shook Up" and "Johnny B. Goode" -- the result is thin and muddled. With a bit more effort he could have turned those songs -- all mercilessly shortened for his stage show -- into grabbers.
He did grab tightly with a full-voiced burst of the good old Elvis in "Hurt" -- his new release of an old hit tailor-made to the love-ballad mold that is his latter-day staple.
Presley also put pelvis-pepping pizazz into his slithery rendition of "Fever." The squeals of delight from moms and daughters were never more frenzied.
True to the evening's Thanksgiving-Bicentennial-Americana aura, Presley drew sustained applause for the stirring, patriotic way he sang "America the Beautiful." The martial drum beat, the fluttering chorus and the burning horns undoubtedly escorted many a heart up the listener's throat.
Dressed in his gilt-edged white jumpsuit, with an embroidered, open V-neck cut to his belt, Elvis didn't show the fat or paunch that past rumor said he carried. But his selection of songs reflected the inevitable slowdown that has come about after a more than 20-year career at the top. The fast and furious songs were short. The gentle, warbling love ballads were drawn out. At one point, Elvis took a breather while one vocalist from his entourage of singers and players gave two thoughtful but out-of-place interpretations of "Danny Boy" and "Walk With Me."
Elvis played with his audience skillfully to keep the interest up. Just 15 minutes into his act, he was mopping his brow with pastel scarves and slipping them to the dozens of outstretched, begging hands which clutched at him from below the stage. As each scarf disappeared into the clawing mob, Elvis' water-and-scarves man Charlie Hodge would wrap another of the dozens of trademark tokens around the star's neck.
Elvis' banter with the lively audience above and behind the stage was proof of the magical spell he continues to hold over audiences. He answered the shouts of "Turn around! Turn around!" with sly peeks and quick spins. They returned the favor with more blinding flashbulbs.
The musicians behind Presley were solid, although they had to overcome some tinny sound system quirks in the early going. The usual array of rhinestone-studded guitarists, keyboard men and drummer was ably complemented by the brass of the Hot Hilton Horns, the Las Vegas Hilton's house band.
As for the three opening acts, brevity was the only redeeming social value. In successive 15-minute sets, two singing groups and a Canadian comedian warmed up the audience for Elvis. Jack Kahane, the comedian, shouldn't have gotten through customs. His insipid, stale jokes about married life and the generation gap were only [bottomed] by his even worse Elvis jokes ("It's a thrill to be here in Reno and have Elvis on my show.")
J. V. Sumner [sic] and the Stamps opened the show with the billing of "one of the top Gospel quartets in the business." Their music was about as Gospel as a dime-store novel.
And the third act -- longtime Elvis backups the Sweet Inspirations -- was hot on the full-voiced soul numbers, but hopelessly thin and flat in an attempt at a breathless ballad.
The needlessly long half-hour intermission before Presley came onstage seemed more exciting than the openers, what with the frequent announcements that "You still have time to get those great, Elvis super-souvenirs at the concession stands."
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drjohncarpenter wrote:Good topic. It seems true that not a lot has been noted about this tour, even though it would be the last time Elvis would play two of the most important areas in America, San Francisco and Los Angeles (Anaheim).
However, your posting of the Pat O'Driscoll review of the November 24th Reno show is significant.
Sat May 11, 2013 1:17 am
Francesc wrote:drjohncarpenter wrote:Good topic. It seems true that not a lot has been noted about this tour, even though it would be the last time Elvis would play two of the most important areas in America, San Francisco and Los Angeles (Anaheim).
However, your posting of the Pat O'Driscoll review of the November 24th Reno show is significant.
Sat May 11, 2013 2:16 am
Sat May 11, 2013 3:02 am
Francesc wrote:Actually it was because Scott Hayward printout.
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Robert wrote:Thanks DJC for translating.
Isn't it time to conclude Elvis in Nov 76 wasn't that much better than the Summer period?
He just looked so much better as he lost quite some weight.
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Robert wrote:Thanks DJC for translating.
Sun May 12, 2013 11:21 am
Elvis's own nutritional needs are taken care of by room service. "He has special things that he likes to order," said Paul. Freshly squeezed orange juice and crisp bacon are among them. "I guess it's pretty common knowledge that Mr. Presley's on a diet," Paul said. "And I think maybe that's as much as we should say. But the pastry chef did make up a beautiful, rich chocolate covered cake that looked very much like a guitar, and said 'Welcome Elvis' on it. It's absolutely against his diet, but I understand that it got to his room, and that he has eaten some of it."
Register Guard wrote:The audience was in the palm of his hand for the remaining hour and 29 minutes he was on stage. Showing a flash of nasty little boy that shaped the history of rock and roll, Presley was in splendid voice. He prowled and leered as if no time had passed and it was 1956 and the whole Elvis Madness was starting all over.
Oregon Statesman wrote:Elvis could have sung every note off-key and I would have given him all A’s. He did sound great, though, as he breezed through about 15 or 20 of his hits, from the 1955 “biggies” to his latest single Hurt. Frankly, he looked a lot better than I had expected. He had gotten rid of many of the extra pounds he had put on the last few years. I heard he was as heavy as 260 at one point. His pants were as tight as they used to be. I imagine he’s been a little cautious since he once split the seams in a pair during a concert. And, my goodness, he certainly hasn’t forgotten how to move his hips. Elvis looks younger than his 41 years.
C.C. Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me /If You Love Me / Love Me Tender / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Don`t Be Cruel / You Gave Me A Mountain / Blue Suede Shoes / How Great Thou Art / Fever / Steamroller Blues / It’s Now Or Never / America / Introductions / Hurt / Hound Dog / Hawaiian Wedding Song / Can't Help Falling In Love
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Tue May 14, 2013 8:58 pm
C.C. Rider / I Got A Woman – Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / It’s Now or Never / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear – Don’t be Cruel / And I Love You So / Fever / America, The Beautiful / Introductions / Hurt / Hound Dog / Danny Boy (S. Nielsen) / Walk With Me (S. Nielsen) / Funny How Time Slips Away / Hawaiian Wedding Song / Blue Christmas / That’s All Right / Can’t help Falling is love
The Oregonian wrote:But the show was Elvis, and while it seemed a bit softer than in past performances in Portland it was nevertheless a good Elvis concert. He split the music between old and new stuff and, of course, received the biggest accolades for tunes like Jailhouse Rock, which dates back to his mid-1950s roots. There was enough his swiveling to keep the swooners swooning while he passed out like 60 pastel scarves. It would be a tossup to predict whether the fans were there to listen to music, see Elvis the idol or relive high school rock and roll days.
The Oregon Journal wrote:With the theme from “2001” dramatically heralding his arrival, superstar singer Elvis Presley ambled nonchalantly to the stage of the Memorial Coliseum Friday evening, and was greeted by the deafening applause of 12000 fans and the blinding flash of a multitude of cameras. Apart from this rather imperious entrance, it was a loosely constructed, almost informal night, with a major emphasis on nostalgia, and no one attempting to really cut any new ground – musically speaking, that is. As such, the jammed house could feel comfortably ecstatic in their reminiscences.
Sat May 25, 2013 8:12 pm
C.C. Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / It's Now Or Never / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / And I Love You So / Fever / America / Polk Salad Annie / Introductions / Hurt / Hound Dog / Hawaiian Wedding Song / Blue Christmas / That's All Right / Can't Help Falling In Love
San Francisco Examiner wrote:He tossed off perhaps his best-known song, Hound Dog, and breezed through several others with characteristic stirring of the lyrics. But he was always in command. Elvis, even a distracted Elvis is still the man who founded rock and roll twenty years ago and a (by rock standards) flimsy sound system and methodical delivery don't count...He's a first-rate singer. His show now blends touches of the current fad - disco music - with the rockabilly style that carried him and rock and roll to fame. Everything about his show is polished and professional. All that's missing is the ragged energy that helped inspire a generation of rebelliousness.
C.C. Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / Blue Suede Shoes / It's Now Or Never / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / And I Love You So / Fever / Bridge Over Troubled Water / Introductions / Hurt / Hound Dog / Funny How Time Slips Away / Blue Christmas / Mystery Train - Tiger Man / Hawaiian Wedding Song / Can't Help Falling In Love
San Francisco Chronicle' wrote:Elvis “Plump” Presley played a concert in the Cow Palace on both Sunday and Monday evenings. On the latter occasion, at least, he presented what was arguably the major concert fiasco of 1976.... If you really must know the details, suffice it to say that he sang the songs traditionally associated with him, moved with surprising agility considering his mammoth paunch, was wearing his usual boot-polish hair-do (as you know, he frequents the same shoe-shine stand as Jerry Lewis and Robert Goulet), appeared to have abandoned his fabled karate exercises and produced – even given the sorry state of the sound – easily the most lackluster performance I have ever witnessed on his part.
Sun May 26, 2013 2:21 pm
Mon May 27, 2013 8:07 pm
C.C. Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / It's Now Or Never / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / And I Love You So / Fever / Bridge Over Troubled Water / Polk Salad Annie / Introductions/ Hurt / Hound Dog / Hawaiian Wedding Song / Blue Christmas / That's All Right / Can't Help Falling In Love
Anaheim Bulletin wrote:Was Elvis in good form? Yes, as always. Voice powerful, sensuous. Expressions happy, teasing, confident. He wiggled; he jittered; he swayed. Too quickly it all came to an end. As the crowd made their way to parked cars, anxious tensions had been relieved. Some years exhausted. But yes, they were there. In person, they had seen Elvis.
Though Presley continues to have as compelling and evocative a voice as anyone in rock and pop, he rarely challenges himself any more on stage or on record. Except for the Hurt single, for instance, everything he did Tuesday night has been in his concert repertoire for years. While his audiences don’t seem to mind the lack of challenge in his work (Presley’s concerts are invariably sold out), it sells his own talent short. There are, however, points in virtually every performance, where he seems to assert himself, almost as if it were a teasing reminder of what he can do.
Mon May 27, 2013 11:27 pm
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