Elvis In Concert 1976
In the three months since closing in Las Vegas, Elvis made headlines while on vacation in Vail, Colorado. As Elvis cleaned out a car dealer of his entire stock. Elvis gave away cars to just about anybody who passed. Elvis also found time for a recording session in the trophy room in Graceland, as Elvis was reluctant to go to a recording studio, RCA came to Elvis. His first tour of 1976 was just a short four city, eight show affair, beginning in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Tickets for the three Johnson City shows went on sale February 20th and all seats were sold in a day and a half, with no advanced advertising.
Johnson City, TN March 17th E/S CD Phoenix Over Tennessee
2001 Theme; C, C Rider; I Got A Woman/Amen; Love Me; You Gave Me A Mountain; Trying To Get To You; All Shook Up; Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel; Until It's Time For You To Go; Hurt; Polk Salad Annie; Introductions/What'd I Say/Solos/Hail, Hail Rock'n'Roll; And I Love You So with false start; How Great Thou Art; Love Me Tender; Let Me Be There; America; Heartbreak Hotel; Hound Dog; Hawaiian Wedding Song; Mystery Train/Tiger Man; Can't Help Falling In Love
Navy Blue Phoenix
Johnson City, TN March 18th E/S Audio
C, C Rider with false start; I Got A Woman/Amen; Love Me; Let Me Be There; And I Love You So; You Gave Me A Mountain; All Shook Up; Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel; Trying To Get To You; Hawaiian Wedding Song; Polk Salad Annie; Introductions & Solos; Hurt; Hound Dog; America; Mystery Train/Tiger Man; It's Now Or Never; Burning Love; Can't Help Falling In Love
Navy Blue Phoenix
Johnson City, TN March 19th E/S Audio
2001 Theme; C, C Rider; I Got A Woman/Amen; Love Me; You Gave Me A Mountain; Let Me Be There; Steamroller Blues; All Shook Up; Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel; Heartbreak Hotel; Love Me Tender; Polk Salad Annie; Introductions & Solos; And I Love You So; Until It's Time For You To Go; Hurt; That's All Right; Funny How Times Slip Away; Burning Love; Can't Help Falling In Love
Sound +++ 76mins
V-Neck with Blue Trim
Charlotte, NC March 20th A/S CD Steamrollin' Charlotte
2001 Theme; C, C Rider; I Got A Woman/Amen; Love Me; Let Me Be There; You Gave Me A Mountain; Steamroller Blues; Until It's Time For You To Go; All Shook Up; Polk Salad Annie; Introductions/What'd I Say/School Days; And I Love You So; Hurt; Burning Love; America; Funny How Times Slip Away How Great Thou Art; Hawaiian Wedding Song; Can't Help Falling In Love
Navy Blue Phoenix
Charlotte, NC March 20th E/SCD Running For President
2001 Theme; Amen; Love Me; Let Me Be There; You Gave Me A Mountain; Steamroller Blues; All Shook Up; Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel; Hound Dog; Heartbreak Hotel; Polk Salad Annie; Introductions/What'd I Say/Solos; And I Love You So; Hurt; Burning Love; America; Funny How Times Slip Away; Fairytale; How Great Thou Art; Can't Help Falling In Love
The Engineer did not record NB "C, C Rider & I Got A Women".
March 20, 1976 (8.30pm). Charlotte, N. C. Charlotte Coliseum
The Charlotte Observer:
"I'd Cut My Throat To Get Tickets"
By Elizabeth Rhodes
At 11.30 a.m., three hours before Elvis Presley was to give the first of two Saturday performances at the Charlotte Coliseum, Mary Roseann Sherlock ambled into Ed the Scalper's Golden Eagle Motel room in search of a cheap ticket.
She flopped on the bed, eyed Ed coolly and wailed, "I would like to be dead. I have suffered so to get tickets. I'd cut my throat to get tickets."
By 12.30, twin lines of eager Elvis fans snaked halfway around the Coliseum. Hawkers offered Elvis buttons for $1, posters for $2 and small binoculars for $5. The crowd was noticeably short on men and children and noticeably strong on women, many of whom weren't born when Elvis first made it big 20 years ago. As he swung into his first number, "C.C. Rider," flashbulbs punctuated the music and the 12,OOOscreamingfansnearly drowned out the noticeably paunchy singer.
Soon fans were storming the stage. One threw a red carnation. Elvis clasped it in his teeth. Screams. Women pressed against the wall. He threw scarves in return. Finally, one jeans-clad woman somehow made it onto the stage and ran into Elvis's arms. He kissed her. A policeman pulled her away. No one seemed to mind when he forgot the words to "Burning Love", one of his biggest hits.
Tickets went on sale on the 20th February but by the time adverts in the local paper came out the following day the two shows were sold out.
Cincinnati, OH March 21st A/S Audio
C, C Rider; I Got A Woman/Amen; Love Me; Let Me Be There; You Gave Me A Mountain; All Shook Up; Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel; Love Me Tender; Polk Salad Annie; Introductions/Solos/Hail, Hail Rock 'n' Roll; And I Love You So; Hurt + reprise; Burning Love; America; Funny How Times Slip Away; Heartbreak Hotel; Hound Dog; Can't Help Falling In Love
Sound +++ 58mins
Cincinnati, OH March 21st E/S CD Holding Back The Years
2001 Theme; C, C Rider; I Got A Woman/Amen; Love Me; Let Me Be There; Love Me Tender; Steamroller Blues; All Shook Up; Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel; You Gave Me A Mountain; Polk Salad Annie; Introductions/Solos/School Says; And I Love You So; Hurt + Reprise; Announcement By Elvis; Burning Love; America; Hound Dog; Funny How Times Slip Away; Can't Help Falling In Love
Press Reviews Press Reviews
The Cincinnati Enquirer:
Fans "All Shook Up" No doubt about it:
Elvis is still King
By Cliff Radel
Only Elvis Presley could elicit screams just by singing "America, the Beautiful". As he sang about "amber waves of grain," at his Sunday afternoon Riverfront Coliseum, a chorus of girlish screams shot up from the sold-out audience of 17,540.
The crowd's reaction to the next line was wilder. "For purple mountains" majesty above the fruited plains", Presley sang. Upon reaching "fruited" he momentarily let his gaze drop to the women seated in the first row. He quickly flashed them the patented Elvis sneer. The women jumped out of their seats. Shrieking, they reached out with one hand toward the stage and with the other hit their heads in ecstasy. No performer, 20 years after attaining stardom, receives the response Presley does. If audience adulation was the determining factor, his title to the King of Rock 'n' Roll would be unquestioned.
The years have not been kind to Elvis. His eyes are putty. His ample cheeks and fleshy neck overemphasise his surly lips. If he gains any more weight, they may be squeezed from his face.
Presley's girth is regal in the manner of Henry VIII. The man's legendary hip gyrations are there in spirit, but not in action. The enormous six inch wide belt which before Presley split a rear seam in his powder-blue pants was a matching blue number encircled with the Presidential Seal - and the equally enormous paunch drastically restrict his movements. The hips that once could never be shown on television are now only a memory.
The Singer takes these signs of being mortal in stride. Only a true king would be able to laugh at his physical flaws. After his third song, "Amen," featuring the contrabass vocal glisses of J.D. Sumner, he held up a copy of Jerry Dowling's caricature which appeared in Sunday Enquirer "This picture of me appeared in this morning's paper", Presley drawled. "They captured me just perfect" he added, running his finger across his image's distended stomach. "All I want to say is whoever drew this," the King paused and then said laughingly, "I hate the (expletive deleted)," And then he broke into "Love Me" with the opening line, "Treat me like a fool..." "Love Me" also ushered in another Presley tradition, the awarding of scarves to the outstretched hands of his loyal followers. In all he gave out 38 scarves throughout the afternoon.
What Presley gave the audience musically was mostly memories. He did "Hound Dog" and "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender," "Burning Love," "All Shook Up," and "Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear.' In all he appeared disinterested and on "Burning Love" he forgot the lyrics.
He seemed to delight in garnering screams with the slightest lift of an eyebrow. He only played acoustic guitar in the concerts first three songs. The King did not even touch the instrument, the electric guitar, with which he started a revolution. Despite the jokes about his weight and ambivalent delivery, Presley is still capable of putting across a song. His renditions of "This Time You Gave Me a Mountain" and his new single "Hurt" revealed a powerful voice and wide range all too often tragically obscured by the kind of events that occurred at the concert's conclusion. As Elvis sang his traditional closer, "Can't Help Falling in Love," from his 1961 movie "Blue Hawaii", hordes of women rushed down the aisles. Yellow-jacketed Coliseum ushers were sent sprawling. Private policemen tried in vain to stop the onslaught. With the crowd rushing the stage and reaching for those scarves, Presley cautioned them to "take it easy and don't get hurt."
Outside the Coliseum after Presley's 65-minute show the crowd, clutching Elvis scarves, posters, buttons, and Souvenir folios, poured onto Cincinnati's streets. Lashed to the building's side was an immense banner proclaiming the "Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus - Alone in it's greatness." To 17,500 people the circus they had just witnessed was for them the greatest show on earth.
Tickets for the show went on sale February 29th after a radio announcement 24 hours earlier. All tickets were gone in seven hours.
St. Louis, MO March 22nd E/S Audio
C, C Rider; I Got A Woman/Amen; Love Me; Let Me Be There; You Gave Me A Mountain; Steamroller Blues; All Shook Up; Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel; Heartbreak Hotel; Love Me Tender; Polk Salad Annie; Introductions; And I Love You So; Hurt; Hound Dog; America; Funny How Times Slip Away; Can't Help Falling In Love
Following this show Elvis flew back to Memphis.