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ELVIS IN CONCERT - Porto Alegre, Brazil - 31/10/2013
Antonio Carlos Surtica, October 2013
 

I can state with all certainty and conviction that it was one of the most thrilling moments of my life, the privilege of having witnessed, live, to the presentation of this fantastic event... ELVIS IN CONCERT is not a singular and passing event that, once the last music notes are heard, is put aside in a corner of our mind for future recolletion. No, definitely not...

For what I could see when I arrived at the venue of the show - Araújo Viana Auditorium, Porto Alegre, 31 October 2013, 20:35 p.m., I could already foresee that it would be a success in terms of audience. Hundreds of people left their cars, stepped out of buses, cabs and motorcycles and mingled in a single direction, avidly. Me included, in a hurry, passing by those who were slower, listening to cheers of expectation regarding what to be seen inside.

When going through one of the main doors of the auditorium, I could immediately see that immense curtain/screen with the images of the King in white and blue of two of his most biggest shows in life, That's the Way It Is and Aloha From Hawaii. Even before reaching the seat mentioned in my ticket, I was struck by the enormous internal space and the harmony of its design, practically already full with hundreds of fans and restless admirers filled with expectations.

 

When I traced my seat, a little to the right of the main screen, but even though with a good perspective of the stage, I noticed the hussle and arrival of more and more people, who immediately gazed at the imponent blue and white curtain. And, when finally the lights were out, around 21:20 p.m. and the announcement by the announcer "a la" Al Dvorin was heard, announcing the triumphant "entrance" of the King into scene, the magic started to take place...

All watched the Elvis "entrance" on stage of the auditorium and then, us, the fans who never got the chance to appreciate the King in a single live show in our entire lives, welcomed him as if he was really there, so close to us with his magnetic presence and voice. Among cheers and whistles, anxious clicks with the photo camera, I was able to make the captions that it were possible for me, dueling between emotion and reason. Considering the ilumination proportions, the technical quality of the machine and the emotion on each click, here are the captions for you friends to enjoy...

 

If these images are not perfect, they have captured, above everything else, the emotion that took all of us that were there on that unforgetable evening. Because much more than watching with our eyes, the show was enjoyed with our souls and our hearts, overflowing with the purest emotion and magic, that only a special being as Elvis would have been able to recreate...

 

All my love to the friendships I've found and personally met and the friendships that are still in the virtual dimension, here, together, with me.

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