From 1969 to 1974, Elvis performed at the Hilton for two seasons, one in January and one in August (only in August in 69). Beginning in January 74, his usual month long engagement was cut back to two weeks, per doctors orders, or so I've read. In January 75, Elvis was unable to perform, so the engagement was pushed back to the spring. In August, he had to cancel most of his engagement. He made up for this in Dec. But then nothing at the Hilton for a year, and nothing in 77. I was just wondering what if any deal Elvis had with the Hilton from 75 on? I've read he was supposed to open the Hilton Pavillion in late 77, of course this never came to pass. I'm assuming a lot of it had to do with Elvis's erratic health..but don't know for sure. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
Colonel made a deal - they gave Elvis the room, Elvis/Colonel took the door.
I think after Elvis died and when they got Ali to open it, that they came up with this story.
I was wondering about this too,and maybe someone will give us the anwser,but was there an engagement planned in Vegas for 1977???
I'd like to go to Graceland
Not as far as I am aware.
Dec 76' was it for Elvis and the Las Vegas Hilton.
He died in Aug 77' - he hadn't played Vegas for over 8 months and Vegas wasn't part of the tour he never made.
Elvis was finished with Vegas and I believe the Pavillion story is just that, a story,
Well the Hotel didn't really want him in Dec 76'.
As I said they gave Elvis the room and Elvis took the door.
Colonel charged somewhere in the region of $29 and it sold out.
Elvis wasn't performing great. People were asking for their money back and Vernon ended up in hospital with chest pains.
It was also in Dec if memory serves me that Elvis had that incident with Don Rickles when he went to see his show and Rickles asked him up on stage and Elvis started to read and read and read from a book on stage. The books name I think was 'The Voice of Silence' although I could be wrong.
Utom - how many times in August did you see Elvis at the Hilton?
It wasn't that the Hilton didn't want Vegas, it was Elvis had grown tired of playing that town. As far as the Pavillion goes, Elvis was scheduled to open that new facility, but unfortunately, he died, thus they had the Leon Spinks-Muhammad Ali fight their instead. To quote management, "when Elvis died, they had to get Ali, nobody else was big enough." Truth was, all other casinos were dead during Christmas time, it was that slow. When EP played Vegas during the holiday season, he not only sold out every show, he brought much more business to that city. I wish I could remember where I read the pavillion story, hopefully I'll find it somewhere.
Well,I like his concerts he performed in Las vegas '76.
I think if you compare it to the rest of 1976,those december concerts are highlights,and besides I enjoyed listening to it.He performed long shows,and did some rare songs.
I'd like to go to Graceland
As far as I am aware Elvis was not booked to play Vegas again when he died and his contract with the Hotel was up.
The Hilton did not want Elvis in Dec 76 if they wanted him, they would ahve paid him for the show, instead of giving the room and letting Elvis take the door.
I have never seen or heard that Elvis was actually booked to open the Pavillion except from the Hilton hotel itself.
I could be wrong, but I think it's just a nice story created by the Hotel in the wake of Elvis's death.
Wasn't December of 76 the only time he was there for what you call the "holidays"? I agree Stryx, it seems odd that they would give him the room and let him charge admission. That was certainly different from any other engagement that he had done with the Hilton....
Yes it was strange.
Any good stories from the Elvis concerts you saw at the Hilton? Did you manage to meet Elvis at any stage?
Have you heard the story of when Elvis and Jerry got drunk at the wet bar - the one still beside the entrance to the showroom at the Las Vegas Hilton?
How much were you paying for the seats and where did you sit? Fill us in!
Envy is not the word I could even use to describe my feelings towards you seeing Elvis in concert that often!!
Elvis was going back to Vegas in 77.He was scheduled to open the Pavillon.Guralick talks about it in Careless Love.There is a passage in the outstanding book The Concert Years.After he performs the last song on stage he turns and says off mike"I hate vegas".Elvis grew to hate the city but it was financially a necessity.