James saw the announcement of the new double CD package this weekend featuring Elvis Presley and his second-to-last Madison concert. After scanning through a local Facebook page, and without letting me know what had been found, he simply stated loudly, “Oh, you will need to have this!”
I am delighted with this recording as I am somewhat certain my respect and admiration for this performer are without parallel in the city. His music set a standard that recording legends decades later would still pay tribute to in word and tone.
His wearing of a pink shirt and sporting a ducktail in his early years, and getting roughed up a time or two as a result, only steeled my determination to walk in my own footsteps. He was in Memphis, I was in rural Waushara County. But his lesson about being authentic struck me as a kid. He was far older than me but what an impact on a life he provided.
The entertaining power he held when walking onto a stage was simply something that required being felt, as no words can completely convey the buildup or intensity within an arena as 2001: Also Sprach Zarathustra pounds from the band, and lights flash across the large stage.
So the news this week is truly grand.
The 1976 Elvis concert in Madison is now available and for fans of all ages, the magic and immediacy of the concert can not be denied.
As part of its ongoing live on tour series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of ELVIS: PINE BLUFF to MADISON ‘76. Released as a 2-CD 5” digi-pak, this set features two shows: Dane County Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin October 19, 1976 – 8:30 p.m. / Pine Bluff Convention Center, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, September 8, 1976 – 8:30 p.m.
It would be a year later that Elvis again returned to Madison, but his concert was only one part of the news he made.
While there are many interesting stories to tell I am quite certain that few can equal the imagery that is created by events that unfolded in 1977 when Elvis was on the way to his concert. Elvis spotted a fight on the east side of the city and had his limousine pull over. It was then Elvis made Madison history by preventing the beating of a young man
I also find this CD project interesting due to the second show being from Pine Bluff, Arkansas on September 8, 1976. Just 150 miles from where my mom was born in Ozone. As James said when ordering this item via the internet it is too bad that my mom and her sister Evie–who were Elvis fans, too–could not hear this newest release.
Given the volume, it will be played at our home…..I think they just might!
And so it goes.