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    Alternate opening and ending live

    We all know that for most of his concert life, Elvis opened and closed his shows with the same songs [Thats alright,CC Rider/Falling in love]
    What if u could pick different songs which would u choose ..
    Just to start things off ....
    Mystery Train/Tiger man
    Burning Love [if he could get it right] to open ...

    Impossible Dream or My way to end ...
    i would have loved If i can dream, but i think that should be reserved for 68

    Ur picks

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    This has always been an interesting topic for me Denny.

    Here's some songs I would have liked to seen used in particular spots.

    OPENERS

    I Got My Mojo Working
    High Heal Sneakers
    Big Boss Man (did use to open 1 time)
    Johnny B. Goode
    Promised Land
    Guitar Man
    Mystery Train/Tigerman

    CLOSERS

    Wonder Of You
    I'll Remember You
    Let It Be Me
    My Way
    American Trilogy
    America The Beautiful
    How Great Thou Art
    "Don't tamper with the property of the U.S. Male"

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    Taking care of business for the opening. Maybe myway for the closing?
    "Taking Care Of Business In A Flash!"

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    Open - Trouble

    Close - Hound Dog (just like in the '50's)

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    Dirty Dirty feelin to Open and My Way To Close

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    would kill for If I Can Dream. opener, closer, whatever just as long as there was a live version of it. sniff..

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    Open: Its You Baby - You Rock It

    Closer: "If I can Dream" Dovey
    Get Him, get him~~Hot D*** ~~ he's a Squirrel!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI7WiBUN_Bw

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    For Opener Be "Life"
    For Closer "Raised On Rock"
    Take a look at you and me,,Are we too blind to see, Do we Simply turn our heads and look the other way.....(Line From "in The Ghetto")

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    With working with ExSpence Account Showband with the tribute I to I loved to see Elvis opened with
    Promised Land
    Cindy Cindy
    Big Boss Man (Which he did once.)
    Johnny Be Goode
    Patch It Up (Which I open to with the band, people seem to love it.)

    Closer:
    If I Can Dream
    (If I remember right Joe told me the band new it and pratice all the time at the rehersals because they where hoping he would do it again sometime in the 70s.)
    MEMEORIES
    MY WAY
    HURT
    TORROMOW NEVER COMES

    Those would be my picks I like to see elvis close with and open with.

    Love to all,
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    Altough I often thought about an alternative opening and ending (even the also sprach zarathustra part) I mostly keep Can't help falling in Love as ending becouse of why Elvis sang it.
    A couple years ago I've made a cd with My Way (new Aloha version) as the last track, I pasted the closing vamp from the same concert behind it to let the cd end Elvis-style. Pitty it's faded out so you can't hear the "Elvis Has Left The Building". My Way doesn't flow over into the closing vamp becouse back then I couldn't make it sound right that way. It sounded very cutted and pasted. Now I've used an aplause as devider between the two. When I've got more time I shall try to create some more (complete) alternative endings and maybe intro's.
    For now: For the ones who choosed My Way as a closing song here's a sample of how it could have sounded...

    My list of possible intro's and endings:
    Alternate intro songsatch It Up, Trouble/Guitar Man, both with the same kind of opening as used in TTWII. It's maybe less theatric then the excitment-building Also Sprach Zarathustra but I always liked it.
    Others: Burning Love or somesort.
    alternate endings: My Way, Impossible Dream, America, If I Could Dream or maybe a gospel song becouse he liked them so much, as a message song or something.
    I think that if he hadn't died so early they had to change the intro's and endings back in 77, 78 sometime becouse the were getting a bit boring and sometimes you can hear that E and the bad were bored by the songs. Also with some of the other songs during the concert but that's another thread
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    danny boy open /bridge over troubeld water close

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    I think "I got my mojo working" would've been a good opener; another good one would've been "proud mary";
    as closers I'd have loved to listen to "If I can dream", or "The sound of your cry"
    and I love you so..people ask me how..how I've lived 'till now

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    Opener:Memphis Tennessee,toomuck monkey business
    closer:I'm leaving or if i can dream
    "Don't Forget me Baby,all you got to do is call"

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    opener;;;;Memphis tennessee
    Closer,,,,,American trilogy, how great thou art
    Old Times they are not forgotten
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    alternate songs.



    For an opening song possibly:
    TOO MUCH MONKEY BUSINESS
    LITLE SISTER
    BIG HUNK OF LOVE
    PROMISED LAND
    TREAT ME NICE

    For a closing number:
    BLUE EYES CRYING IN THE RAIN
    BLUE HAWAII
    AND I LOVE YOU SO
    UNCHAINED MELODY
    YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL

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    Openers: Big Boss Man was a good one; to be honest I think THats All RIght and CC Rider were killers for opening a show, but trying to look for new ones,"Whole Lotta SHaking Going On" but Not the way he did it in Aloha 73, but as he recorded it for Elvis Country, and with the kind of opening riff they used in TTWII but with the Whole Lotta Shaking Bass riff intro mixed into the opening vamp, that would have rock the house. A new arrangment, more 70´s Elvis rockin sounding treatment of "Long Lonely High Way" could have been cool to. And going with a more radical change, I sugest to come up with a totally new opening riff based upon the drums and bass groove of "Stanger in My Own Home TOwn" yeah! that song could have been a great opener for 69-72.

    For closers: "Got My Mojo Workin", leaving in the same mood as the opener being it CC. Rider or THats All Right. "What I Say", an extended version like in 69 or the rehearsals of TTWII, those are the ones I like for that, but alsi "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" could have worked or "Suspicious Minds" in the way they edited it in THis is Elvis.
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    Opener: Mystery Train/Tigerman

    Closer: My Way

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    OPENER: I think "Feel So Bad", totally on the same groove as See See Rider could have been a great opener.

    CLOSER: If we were near Christmas, "Santa Claus is Back In Town" could have been a great closer.

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