The Strength and commitment of the Artist
Tour September October 1974
It is clear that sometimes the point of view of the fans or the critics who witnessed Elvis's performances could be very different. But since we want to know more, it is always interesting to know the opinion of someone who had seen more shows on the tour, than someone who has only seen one.
There were fans who followed Elvis at various concerts on the September-October 1974 tour, it was a good sample of the variation in concerts. And above all to testify that Elvis also did good concerts regardless of the bad start of this tour.
September 30, 1974 in South Bend, Indiana
Although this tour would be difficult for Elvis, there would also be many positive things to say about his concerts. An example would be in this concert on the 30th, which would be a sample of the artist's good work. Elvis had a good voice and his mood too, it didn't seem to be the same as the previous days. They say that Elvis was not up to the previous years, but the truth is that the fans said that he was better than in the last two years. The place he deserved it, the new Notre Dame Coliseum.
What many fans criticized was the peddling of Colonel Parker, because they said it was very annoying for the spectators during the concert. From how they sold it, not because they were bad products, it was clear that it had nothing to do with Elvis.
When the show begins, Elvis takes the stage as he did in all the cities on the tour, wearing sunglasses, which he takes off and hands to someone in the front row before starting to sing.
Elvis got off to a strong start very involved with his opening song 'CC Rider'. Elvis moved with claw, it was a start that was already part of his legend. Since his show is a set of factors, his voice, his moves, the karate, the jumpsuits and his musicians. His movements for this reason were important, his gestures and his voice mainly what transported the viewer. Therein lies his magic and his success, everything influences and the musicians also know that Elvis is doing a good concert.
Elvis greeted the audience by saying how much he had always wanted to play for Notre Dame. During the Concert he was joking with the audience and it showed well.
He also made some comment about the bad press and named Sheila as his girlfriend. (Forgetting the real one, Linda).
During the concert, Elvis saw a sign someone was holding with the phrase: "Elvis, The King".
Elvis told the viewer, "I really appreciate the idea, but I've never gotten into this 'King' thing. To me, there's only one who has a right to be called King, and that's Jesus Christ." This received the applause of the public, as always Elvis showed his faith since he was a believer and as a person, of course, he would show how modest he could be.
After singing usual songs and with good results, Elvis announced that he was going to release a new album. "Promised Land", but instead of singing this song, he sang "It's Midnight", the b-side of the single. With a great performance, Elvis sounded even more powerful than on the record, of course in many cases his playing could be much more powerful live.
"Love Me Tender" was interpreted as it had been a long time without speaking, it must be said that in almost all the shows, Elvis used this song to greet the public, give them scarves, kisses, etc.
Elvis sang 'If You Love Me (Let Me Know)', with great taste and a good arrangement.
Elvis would sometimes tell stories from years ago, like when he first heard JD Sumner, when he was sixteen in Memphis. JD was singing with the Blackwood Brothers and Elvis was really impressed. He said that he would never have imagined being singing with him, on the same stage.
He then sang a wonderful version of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', in which Elvis experimented with some vocal variation.
The public rises to applause, Elvis pleases him and introduces his musicians.
He joked that Charlie Hodge had a fan club.
Some of the songs sped them up, like Teddy Bear' and 'Don't Be Cruel'.
Elvis around this time sometimes asked the public what he wanted to hear, so many people answered at once, that only those who were close could understand each other.
A curiosity was that someone yelled "Burning Love" and Elvis replied "No way!". Then someone asked Elvis to do 'You Gave Me A Mountain,' and he said, "Of course we will."
It is necessary to clarify that Elvis always sang what he wanted, taking into account that they had to have rehearsed or played it previously. But the truth is that "Burning Love" never liked to sing it and for this reason he answered the poor fan like that.
He would sing 'Give me..' in an impressive way.
Elvis was hitting something in the range of notes that hadn't been heard in a couple of years. The reason is that that the repertoire he had then was more risky and Elvis also bet on taking risks. In 1974 his set list was more comfortable, the songs less complicated, which is why Elvis was bored, but he really could have fixed it.
The end of the concert would come and Elvis instructed Glen Hardin to start "Can't Help Falling In Love".
Elvis greeted the crowd and as he approached the fans someone ripped a ring off his finger, but Red West luckily got it back immediately.
In short, Elvis also gave good concerts on this tour, the fans also comment, despite the ups and downs he suffered and the addiction and health problems, he could and wanted to put on a great show and he did.
"Following the Path of the King..."