Conventions Hall, International Hotel, Las Vegas.
Why have you waited so long to perform
We had to finish up the movie commitments before I could start on
How did it feel being back in front of
a live audience after so many years?
Fantastic. I really missed it. I love the live contact with an
audience. It was getting harder and harder to perform to a movie
camera all day long. The inspiration wasnít there. Iím tired of
playing a guy singing to the guy heís beating up.
Did you enjoy performing live again?
Yes! This has been one of the most exciting nights of my life.
Did you feel nervous during the show?
For the first three songs or so, before I loosened up. Then I
thought, ďWhat the heck. Get with it, man, or you might be out of a
Were you a little afraid onstage
Yes, I was at first, until I got going, and then I felt okay. I was
nervous and didnít feel relaxed until
Love Me Tender.
How did you choose the songs for your
I just sang my favourites, thatís all.
Do you want to do more live shows?
I want toÖ I would like to play all over the world. I chose Las
Vegas to play first because it is a place people come to from all
Did you like leather jackets like the
one you wore on your TV specials?
No. I hate wearing leather jackets because they are too hot to work
Why did you choose a Negro backing
group (The Sweet Inspirations)?
Because they help to give me my feel, my soul.
Where did you get the idea for your
I got the idea from a karate gi I once had.
Do you dye your hair?
Sure, because Iíve always done it for the movies.
Why do you dye your hair?
Because itís gray.
Why do you choose to record message
type songs like In The Ghetto? Are you trying to change your image?
No. Ghetto was such a great song. I just couldnít pass it up after
Iíd heard it. There are a lot of new records out now that have the
same sound I started but theyíre better. I mean, you canít compare a
song like Yesterday with
Hound Dog, can you?
How do you feel about the Hollywood
I just donít go for it. I have nothing against it but I just donít
Why have you led such a secluded life
all these years?
Itís not secluded, honey, Iím just sneaky.
How long did you rehearse for these
I practiced for nearly three months. Today I went through three
complete dress rehearsals. This was the fourth time I did that show
today. Iím really beat.
Can you remember the first time you
were in Las Vegas?
Sure, I was 19 years old. Nobody knew me. ďWhere you from, boy?Ē
(Note: Elvis was 21 and not 19 when he first performed in Las
Vegas, on 23 April 1956, at the New Frontier Hotel).
Will you be back in Las Vegas soon?
Absolutely. I love Las Vegas because it attracts people from all
over the world.
Do you have a share in the
No, I have not.
Are you tired of your present type of
Yes. I want to change the type of scripts I have been doing.
What kind of scripts do you like?
Something with meaning. Iím going after more serious material. I
couldnít dig always playing the guy whoíd get into a fight, beat the
guy up, and in the next shot sing to him.
Do you feel it was a mistake to do so
many soundtrack albums?
I think so. When you do ten songs in a movie, they canít all be good
Will you be doing any more movies?
I donít know. I kinda got tired of beating up guys and then having
to sing a song to them, or maybe their horses.
Mr. Presley, Iíve been sent here by
Lord Stutch Enterprises to offer you one million pounds sterling to
make two appearances at the Wembley Empire Stadium in England. This
price will include a documentary that will be filmed during and
after the shows. It will only take 24 hours.
Youíll have to ask him about that. (Elvis points to Colonel Parker).
Colonel Parker: Make an offer! Cash, not pounds! Just put down the
How much do you get paid for these
Colonel Parker: We are pleased with the deal. I am glad he is here.
Would you like to appear in England?
I definitely would like to appear in England as we have had so many
requests. And it will be soon, as we are now doing live concerts
Is there any truth to the rumour that
you are getting a slice of the hotel as part of the fee?
Colonel Parker: Certainly not. The only thing we got free were
crickets in the room.
Have you still got about 10 cars?
I never had that many, only four or five at the most.
After all this time you look so young.
I guess Iím just lucky. I really donít know. I guess one of these
days it will catch up with me and Iíll probably fall apart.
Have you ever seen Englandís top pop
singer Cliff Richard?
Yes, I met him in Germany a long time ago.
(Note: Cliff Richard indeed traveled all the way to Germany
to meet Elvis, but he was out on maneuvers on that day and Vernon
welcomed him instead. Perhaps Elvis was confused when he answered
this, because he actually met an impersonator while in Germany).
How does it feel to be a father?
Great. I love it!
Do you and Priscilla plan to add to
Weíll have to wait and see.
How does Priscilla feel about you
being such a great sex symbol?
I donít knowÖ you would have to ask her.
Are you planning to have any more
Yes, we are planning to add to our family. Thank you very much.
Is there any other individual you
would rather be?
Are you kidding?
Whatís it like to be the Grandfather
of rock and roll?
(laughs). I didnít know that I was.
Are you doing shows because of the
recent success of Tom Jones in cabaret?
No, thatís not the reason. Although I admire Tom Jones very much,
and think heís a great talent. I guess I felt it was time to do live
shows because I missed doing them.
I noticed in your repertoire you did
some Beatles songs. What do you think of the Beatles and their
I admire the Beatles and think they are very good. The lyrics of pop
songs are getting better all the time, they have more meaning.
When you met the Beatles, why was
there no press allowed?
I guess it was because we could relax and talk friendly to each
Did anyone influence you in your
Yes, people like him. (Elvis introduces Fats Domino). This is one of
my influences from way back, Fats Domino. Just look at those rings
and that diamond watch, arenít they fabulous?
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