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1971 Vegas Engagement January 26th - February 23rd

January 16th the national Jaycees in a Memphis gala honoured Elvis as one of the ten outstanding young men in America, the speech is available on various CD's and Video's
Elvis opened his fourth month long engagement at the international Hotel. At this season of shows Elvis introduced the now famous 2001 theme "Also Sprach Zarusthra" Elvis didn't use it at the beginning of the shows until the 20th February. Just prior to the Opening show, and replaced 'Can't Help Falling In Love' with 'It's Impossible' as a closing number. Another threat came in against Elvis' life, the demand was for $50,000. As a precaution Elvis carried a pistol throughout the engagement. The FBI were in the crowed on Opening night. Elvis' fourth Vegas season was also the weakest season so far. Due to illness and lack of challenge, the shows were occasionally uninspired compared to earlier seasons, and often ran under 40-45 minutes in length.

Las Vegas, NVJanuary 26th  Op/s
White "Apache-Style" Jumpsuit
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV     January 27th  D/S
International Hotel

Las Vegas, NVJanuary 27th  M/S CD All Things Are Possible
2001 Theme; That's All Right; You Don't Have To Say You Love Me; Love Me Tender; There Goes My Everything; Sweet Caroline; You've Lost That Loving Feeling; Polk Salad Annie; Only Believe; How Great Thou Art; Introduction Johnny B.Goode; The Wonder Of You; Something; Make The World Go Away; Love Me; One Night; Blue Suede Shoes; Hound Dog; Mystery Train/Tiger Man; Love Me Tender; Can't Help Falling In Love
Sound ++++++
International Hotel

Elvis dedicated "Can't Help Falling In Love" to Hal Wallis.
                                                            
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
January 27, 1971 p.21
Elvis returns to International
Elvis Presley, unquestionably the most popular entertainer to ever appear on the famed Las Vegas Strip, returns to the main showroom of the International Hotel Tuesday evening to open another four-week engagement. It will be the fourth International appearance in the past 18 months for the handsome entertainer.
Elvis, backed by comic Sammy Shore and two-vocal groups, the Sweet Inspirations and The Imperials, will perform twice nightly at 8 p.m. and midnight through February 23. Except on opening night when there will be one performance only at 10:15 p.m. Elvis return to the 2.000- seat Showroom International coincides with the release of his latest RCA album, appropriately entitled "Elvis Country" - a description that could easily apply to Las Vegas during a Presley appearance. His latest MGM movie, a documentary filmed during his big International "Summer Festival" appearance last August, is also in world wide distribution and is resulting in an unusually heavy demand for reservations, not only from throughout the United States but from many foreign countries as well.
In each of his three earlier dates at the International, Elvis attracted over 100.000 fans into the hotel's plush showroom. He continues to hold every existing Las Vegas attendance mark and hotel officials are gearing for another record-smashing stand.
Joe Guercio will once again conduct the 35- member International Hotel Orchestra for Elvis.


Las Vegas, NV  January 28th  D/S
International Hotel      

Las Vegas, NV January 28th  M/S CD Lean, Mean And Kickin' Butt
2001 Theme; That's All Right; I Got A Woman; Love Me Tender; You Don't Have To Say You Love Me; Sweet Caroline; You've Lost That Loving Feeling; Polk Salad Annie; Johnny B.Goode; Something; The Wonder Of You; Heartbreak Hotel; Blue Suede Shoes; Hound Dog; One Night; Teddy Bear; Suspicious Minds; The Impossible Dream
Sound ++++++
International Hotel


Las Vegas, NV January 29th  D/S CD Snowbird
Sweet Inspiration Opening; Introduction; That's All Right; I Got A Woman; Love Me Tender; You Don't Have To Say You Love Me; Sweet Caroline; You've Lost That Loving Feeling; Polk Salad Annie; Introductions; Johnny B.Goode; Something; Heartbreak Hotel; Blue Suede Shoes; Teddy Bear; Hound Dog; Snowbird + False Start; The Impossible Dream
Sound ++
International Hotel


Las Vegas, NV January 29th  M/S
International Hotel

Las Vegas, NV January 30th  D/S Audio                               
2001 Theme; That's All Right; I Got A Woman; Love Me Tender; There Goes My Everything; You Don't Have To Say You Love Me; You've Lost That Loving Feeling; Polk Salad Annie; Introductions; 2001 Theme; Something; How Great Thou Art; Blue Suede Shoes; Little Sister/Get Back; Hound Dog; Dialogue; Suspicious Minds; The Impossible Dream
Sound +
International Hotel


Las Vegas, NV January 30th  M/S
International Hotel
January 27, 1971. Midnight Show. Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS SUN.
January, 31 1971
Elvis's musical intro. by the "way up there for the occasion" Joe Guercio international Hotel orchestra last Tuesday turned out to be a very tough "act" to follow... Based upon the "2001 Space Odyssey" and replete with tympany, the overall effect needed only a "parting" of the high Big "I" showroom ceiling then a moment of hush followed by a sepulchral voice announcing. "My other son, Elvis!"
Suggested subtitle: The "third coming" of EP... The "King' was in great form ... We especially appreciated the addition of an authentic hymn "How Great Thou Art." ... This innovation was a high spot which might play even better at the second or third selection from the end ... "Impossible Dream" is the end and the only "down" thing for us in Elvis's generous portion of the show... (End of our minority report).... The Sweet Inspirations opened and are completely "together" this time ... Elvis, the Imperials, the Sweet Inspirations and that almost "almighty" J. Guercio orchestra are a fantastic aural as well as visual experience...
Las Vegas, NV January 31st  D/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV January 31st  M/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 1st  D/S
International Hotel
Priscilla and Lisa Marie were in the audience for Lisa's birthday
Las Vegas, NV February 1st  M/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 2nd  D/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 2nd  M/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 3rd  D/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 3rd  M/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 4th  D/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 4th  M/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 5th  D/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 5th  M/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 6th  D/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 6th  M/S
International Hotel                      
Las Vegas, NV February 7th  D/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 7th  M/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 8th  D/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 8th  M/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 9th  D/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 9th  M/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NVFebruary 10th  D/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 10th  M/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NVFebruary 11th  D/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 11th  M/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 12th  D/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 12th  M/S
International Hotel
Elvis was suffering from flu and he had a temperature of 103. He was told he didn't have to go on stage that night, but he still went on for both shows. The only problem was he was only on stage for around 30min each show.
Las Vegas, NV February 13th  D/S
International Hotel
                                                      
Las Vegas, NVFebruary 13th  M/S Audio
2001 Theme; That's All Right; I Got A Woman/Amen; Can't Help Falling In Love; Sweet Caroline; You've Lost That Loving Feeling; Polk Salad Annie; Introductions; Johnny B.Goode; Something; How Great Thou Art; Mystery Train/Tiger Man; Love Me; Heartbreak Hotel; Blue Suede Shoes; Little Sister/Get Back; Hound Dog; Suspicious Minds. (Incomplete)
Sound ++-
International Hotel

Elvis tonight still had a temperature of 101, and the shows were even shorter than the night before.

Las Vegas, NV February 14th  D/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 14th  M/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 15th  D/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 15th  M/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 16th  D/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NVFebruary 16th  M/S
International Hotel
Las Vegas, NV February 17th  D/S
International Hotel
Elvis introduced Lisa to the audience and dedicated "Sweet Caroline" to Priscilla's Mother.
Las Vegas, NV February 17th  M/S
International Hotel                                                                  
Priscilla and parents were in the audience again but this time without Lisa. 
Las Vegas, NV February 18th  D/S
International Hotel                                                                  
Las Vegas, NV February 18th  M/S
International Hotel                                                                 
Las Vegas, NV February 19th  D/S
International Hotel
During this show Elvis had to cut the show short by almost 30 minutes, because a young woman jumped on the stage trying to get to Elvis and Elvis hit himself in the mouth with the microphone, and started to bleed. Between shows he visited a dentist to have a chip in his tooth repaired.                                                                  

Las Vegas, NV February 19th  M/S Audio                               
That's All Right; I Got A Woman; Loving You (Part); Jailhouse Rock (Part); Can't Help Falling In Love; Sweet Caroline; You've Lost That Loving Feeling; Polk Salad Annie; Johnny B.Goode; Something; How Great Thou Art; Mystery Train/Tiger Man; Love Me; Don't Be Cruel; Bridge Over Troubled Water; Blue Suede Shoes; Heartbreak Hotel; Little Sister; It's Now Or Never; Hound Dog; Suspicious Minds; Introductions; Lawdy Miss Clawdy; Help Me Make It through The Night; There Goes My Everything; Just Pretend; Old Shep; In The Ghetto; 2001 Theme; Snowbird; The Impossible Dream.
Sound +-
International Hotel  
                                                                

Las Vegas, NV February 20th  D/S
International Hotel                                                                  
Las Vegas, NV February 20th  M/S
International Hotel                                                                  
Las Vegas, NV February 21st  D/S
International Hotel

Las Vegas, NV February 21st  M/S CD Las Vegas Fever Vol.1            
Intro; That's All Right; I Got A Woman; Jailhouse Rock; Love Me; Mystery Train/Tiger Man; Sweet Caroline; You've Lost That Loving Feeling; Polk Salad Annie; Something; Johnny B.Goode; How Great Thou Art; Don't Be Cruel; Heartbreak Hotel; Blue Suede Shoes; Little Sister/Get Back; It's Now Or Never; Hound Dog; The Impossible Dream.
Sound ++++
International Hotel


Las Vegas, NV February 22nd  D/S
International Hotel                                                                  

Las Vegas, NV February 22nd  M/S Audio            
Sweet Inspirations; 2001 Theme; That's All Right; I Got A Woman/By The Time I Get To Phoenix; Elvis introduces Love Me Tender, but doesn't sing it, followed by a mad version of Jailhouse Rock; Love Me; Mystery Train/Tiger Man; Sweet Caroline; You've Lost That Loving Feeling; Polk Salad Annie; Love Me Tender; Johnny B.Goode; Something; Bridge Over Troubled Water; Don't Be Cruel; Lawdy Miss Clawdy; How Great Thou Art; Blue Suede Shoes; Little Sister/Get Back; It's Now Or Never; Hound Dog; Suspicious Minds; Introductions; Snow Bird; There Goes My Everything (Part); My Babe (Part); Just Pretend; 2001 Theme; Band Rehearsal; The Impossible Dream
Sound +++-
International Hotel


Las Vegas, NV February 23rd  D/S
International Hotel                                                                 

Las Vegas, NV February 23rd  CL/S Audio             
2001 Theme; That's All Right; I Got A Woman/By The Time I Get To Phoenix; Love Me; Mystery Train/Tiger Man; Sweet Caroline; You've Lost That Loving Feeling; Polk Salad Annie; Introductions; Something; Johnny B.Goode; How Great Thou Art; Don't Be Cruel; Blue Suede Shoes; Bridge Over Troubled Water; Little Sister/Get Back; Hound Dog; Suspicious Minds; Introductions; Help Me Make It Through The Night; The Impossible Dream
Sound +++
White Shirt & Trousers
International Hotel
            
Total Attendance 125,400                  
A few days before closing Elvis started to wear his "Attendance Champion" belt awarded in 1969, apparently he didn't want to wear it until he was sure his shows were all sold out. As usual Elvis broke his own record for Attendance.  Elvis Attended Ann-Margret's Opening at the International.
Except for two recording sessions Elvis and Priscilla spent the next five months vacationing in Memphis and Los Angeles.


Voices From The Press
"...Although Presley says he's recorded 480 songs, waggishly adding that he intends to sing all of them, his program is tailored to the ideal length to leave them hungry...It's an exciting balance of his latest hits such as 'There Goes My Everything', earlier clicks like 'How Great Thou Art' and 'Hound Dog', swingers such as 'Sweet Caroline' and pops like 'Something', all sung with flair and knockout visual impact. He closes with a surprising 'The Impossible Dream', and does it beautifully...Elvis Presley never stops growing as an entertainer and, not incidentally, he sings superbly..."
Mary Rettig

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