nice review,wished i was there too
Riverfront Coliseum Cincinnati, Ohio, June 25, 1977
In 1977, when I was 14, my best friend's older sister and 2 sisters in law were going to see Elvis, they were very excited! I begged and pleaded and, I'm sure, made a bloody nuisance of myself, and they told me if I could come up with the money, they'd get me a ticket and take me with them. I'm sure they never expected me to get the money, my mom was divorced with 6 children, one in college at the time. She didn't receive support from my dad, and worked two jobs to make ends meet, at the factory 7am-3pm, then waiting tables from 4:30pm-1 am. Looking back, I have no idea how she managed to get the money, but she did, and even gave me enough money to purchase 2 posters and a program!
Anyway, I got the money and was able to tag a long! It was a Saturday night, June 25, 1977, and Cincinnati was about 3 hours from my house, so we all got there and found our seats, then bought my souvenirs, and sat down. The show was scheduled to begin at 8:30, but Elvis was late, due to having to go to the dentist and sound problems, as he later explained. From the moment he stepped on stage, it was pure magic. I know some say he was sick, weak, a shadow of his former self; while he wasn't at his peak mentally or physically, he was still ELVIS! I'm telling ya, right before he came onstage, you could literally feel a crackling in the air, it was alive with energy, I kid you not! He was absolutely beautiful! He did See See Rider, and then spoke a bit about being late, joking around, apologizing, as if he needed to! He then did I Got A Woman/Amen and did the hip swiveling thing, and let J.D. take it way down the scale! Then did the Saturday Night, just got paid, thang. Made a few girls very happy in the front (Lots of squealing), quite a bit of joking around and they gave him something.
Then did Love Me, If You Love Me Let Me Know, You Gave Me A Mountain, Jailhouse Rock. Then He and Sherrill Neilson did O Sole Mio/It's Now Or Never. Then Little Sister, short but sweet! He then did Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel medley, with just a little bit of hip shakin 'and the line "please forget the past, before I kick your ___. "
Then, he slowed things down with And I Love You So. Very beautiful. His voice was very rich and strong! After that, it was My Way and then some introductions of the band, John Wilkinson doing a bit of early morning Rain, and Elvis singing it as well. Then, James Burton, and a bit of What'd I Say. Followed by Johnny B. Goode. After that, He did I Really Don't Want To Know, which I love. Followed by introduction of Vernon, they got him up on stage, he looked very well, though Elvis had said he'd been sick, also he introduced his girlfriend Ginger, then the rest of the Alden Klan. and the Espositos. He also mentioned the young people from England who had come to see him. He then did Unchained Melody and it was phenomenal. He did miss a chord, as he warned us he might, but it was so full of emotion, his voice so beautiful, I can't begin to describe it, even better than the live 1977 version that plays a lot, from where, Rapid City?
He next did Hound Dog and Can't Help Falling In Love. Then, he walked to all sides of the stage, and put his arms in the air. Then suddenly, he was gone! The exit music played for just a very short time, and the announcement, "Elvis Has Left The Building, Thank You and Good Night" followed by the plug for souvenirs, the exit instructions and all that.
I'm telling you what, it felt like it does after a big storm, when everything is still and quiet, like all the energy had been sucked out of the air. It honestly felt like he had only been onstage a couple of minutes, but also like he'd always been there. I really was mesmerized the whole time, I don't recall if anyone said anything to me, except someone did offer me their binoculars, but I don't remember using them. If I'd been just a little bit older or wiser, I would have attempted to get down front, where I may have gotten a scarf or a kiss, but the people making the announcements assured us that if you were down there without a ticket for the front row, you would be ejected, and I had no intention of jeopardizing my chance to finally see Elvis! I finally left when my friend's sister shoved me out of my seat. It was an incredible experience. I've been to a few concerts since, but nothing has ever or will ever compare to that night! I'll never, ever forget it!
Kelly(This is from the Elvis in Concert site)-
nice review,wished i was there too
I'd like to go to Graceland
WOW, i enjoyed reading it Thanks for posting it here
Can you possibly post the link for that Elvis concert site here, please?
I saw Elvis in 1972. I was 8 years old. Before the show a man told a lady working there he had a bomb in the briefcase he was carrying and he was going to kill Elvis and everyone there. So these guys all in the same color suits mixed in with the crowd and surrounded him and when he realized this he started running and they shot him in the leg. He didnt have anything in the suitcase, but because of that no one was allowed to leave the section they were in, so unless you were in the front row you werent going to get very closs to him, and the binoculars they sold there didnt work very good. I was just in awe of it all because I had been waiting for this since I was 3 years old and to me just being in the same building with Elvis took my breath away. I sat on the edge of my seat and knew every word to every song and my heart ached when it was over. I am still that way about him today!
I wouldnt come back out there for love nor money.
Ohh..i looked at that review of the concert yesterday, but Where....
Can you post the link where you found it ?
Taking Care of BusinessTil we meet you again, may God bless you, Adios.
Thanks alot for the great replies!Here's the address of that site-
Elvis Presley in ConcertWhether you are a veteran fan or just beginning to appreciate Elvis' talent and genius, you can find detailed information on the concerts Elvis performed ...
Thank you Nolvis for posting this very memorable account by Kelly.Absolutely marvelous.
If all the modern music was the oceans - then Elvis would be the boat on which we sail.
Was at that concert and the next night in Indianapolis..30 years ago...Elvis exelled himself what a voice!
Kelly just described the feelings of every concert I've seen....
There's never been nor will never be ; anyone that compares to Elvis.
Very interesting review about a marvellous concert I'm sure.
What shocks me are the hours Kelly's mother had to work. I suppose such is the effect of 'capitalist freedom'.. And my folks keep complaining, not contributing to my life. All in all, respect to this review and Kelly's mother.
all the goons I left behind, memories still linger..
My father, step-mom, and a friend of theirs went to this concert too. We lived in covington, ky at the time. Elvis stayed at the hotel - which I can't think of the name of it - but it is round - and the top floor turns......... A couple years before that, my dad would find out when Elvis' plane would be coming in, and we were fortunate to be able to see Elvis get off of his plane, wave to everyone and shake hands. It was awesome.
Thank you for your review. I'll show my dad - he loved Elvis to say the least!!!!
"We're lost in a cloud, with too much rain ~ We're trapped in a world, That's troubled with pain.....But as long as a man has the strength to dream.... He can redeem his soul and fly"
Thank's alot for the fantastic replies everyone!!!!!I loved reading every one of them.