If they are doing that Gail then they'd better not push it too far as Elvis isn't he to bail them out anymore.
And there were plenty of time that they saved Elvis's neck too. I guess it was a two way street.
I know in the one concert I saw live in St. Louis on 3-22-76 there were several stage rushes and the famous woman who almost tackled Elvis on stage-we were amazed at how rough the guys were with the fans. One girl was actually thrown hard off the stage into the crowd.
They had been use to the 60s and protecting Elvis-which I'm sure they would admit was much easier than touring in the 70s. So I have to agree for what ever reasons they were more than just doing their jobs at times(which were becoming more frequent)
The big lawsuit that I mentioned was settled out of court for big bucks(the one Red mentions in his phone conversation with Elvis as the one that started the lawsuit bandwagon rolling) is a prime example IMO of why it was time to make a change- Supposedly The guy was handcuffed on a bed in the suite and waking up, after Sonny had knocked him out, Elvis was trying to talk to him and find out why this guy was trying to get in to see him-as the guy was waking up he saw Red come toward the bed and he kicked at him-Red hit this handcuffed guy so hard he knocked out teeth. Elvis yelled at Red-cussing and told him hes handcuffed!
I am not going to say Elvis should not have told them himself-maybe he should have-but the violence was escalating & the lawsuits were piling up.
I can understand how they could get out of hand while protecting Elvis but what is their excuse for manhandling fans now?
I'm not saying they're doing it now - it was then. But, it would seem to me that experienced bodyguards would be able to tell that a 100 pound woman wasn't REALLY a threat to ANYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, there were times they needed to get a little tougher with the guys - but the girls and the women - SORRY NO WAY THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN HAPPENING!!
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It just so happens this was brought up Saturday afternoon to Mr. Sonny. He owned up to punching the guy ONE TIME!! However, he failed to mention that the guys was handcuffed and literally beaten!! His response was "he punched the guy one time and he got $600,000 out of court settlement"!! Sorry guys, but people didn't get $600,000 back then one punch - I'm sure the guy had pictures and medical records!!! Funny, how Sonny forgot to tell the rest of the story - wouldn't you say?????
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Its the handcuffed part of the story which bothered me (as it seemed to bother Elvis also) Its probably that part of the story which cemented this guys case and got it settled out of court for so much cash.
Thanks Gail, I misunderstood your post. I thought Sonny etc. was still shoving around the fans.
As far as when Elvis was alive, they were known to use excessive force and I doubt very much if the man who was handcuffed received only one blow if he was awarded that much in damages.
well,what a shame, Sonny was unfortunate for not having a true friend who'd write a book about him to show how he needed a behaviour rehab,to get rid of the violence issues ..
You and me both Rosanne.
Zey, maybe that very thing will happen once Sonny is gone and the writer can't be beaten up for it.
he he! don't think so Diane.. not everyone's life takes place in written history..
Well he seems to think he's important enough.........? I don't think Elvis had half his ego.