If we were to look back in time ... the year 1971 had begun with the Jaycee Award, the performances in Vegas and the certainty that in Concert, Elvis would be successful, and his tours were the path to choose . Elvis was happy on the one hand because he had achieved his goal, his music, his audience... to be the biggest artist again. But we must also consider other circumstances, Elvis wanted to sing new songs and surprise on stage, his stage movements were adorned by karate that added another particular and different attraction to the show.
The beginning of the tours outside of Vegas was the direction to go, because that way they would have more profit, but the price would be very high. The shows had a clear purpose for Elvis, apart from economic reasons, they were his life... he would put everything else before the shows, his personal and family life and even whether or not he had to record in a studio... It's clear that in order to continue being at the top, in the artistic world you have to renew yourself and update your repertoire. Record new and good songs and publish, promote, broadcast the songs and also advertise on TV, which at the time was still the ideal medium.
Of course tours were important, but Elvis wanted to sing new songs, but he was using 80% of the repertoire or more... with songs from his early days, with songs that he had even left behind. The ones that he had recently recorded since 1969 were being sung from time to time, but they would have to occupy 50% and have added some of the beginnings for the fans, but the rest was a new inclusion of songs that could have surprised the audience. public and encouraged Elvis to continue singing. Unfortunately this was one of Elvis' own mistakes that led to boredom, this would be coming in no time.
If we look at the repertoire chosen by Elvis at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel, this was the direction to follow, adding that a week later the performances continued in Las Vegas, with almost no time to rehearse anything other than what they already had in the present , there wouldn't be much news either... These decisions would weigh on him over time... but Elvis never had a manager who would advise well in these cases...
The Colonel, he didn't know or didn't want to change or Elvis never let him get involved in these decisions. It didn't help commercially either that they released albums like the one that would be released at this time, "C'mon everybody", a compilation LP of songs from movies (it didn't make any sense at this time), after 20 days of releasing the album "Love letters from Elvis", with new songs!... But that was the path that RCA and the Colonel were going to take. With all this, Elvis was still in a great moment despite having health problems and more things that would have to happen in these two weeks... The present moment in July could have given a crucial turn to his career, but the designs of destiny are like this... and we choose our path being able to change our lives...
Elvis Presley... the man, the myth, the King!
"Following the Path of the King..."