It’s 10:06 p.m. Monday in Municipal Auditorium, six minutes after Elvis Presley was scheduled to appear on stage, and an anonymous voice announces that they’re sending out for a missing amplifier part.

10:12 p.m. – The crowd that had been watching at the auditorium windows for Elvis’s arrival comes running and screaming inside the hall. The “missing part” – i.e. Elvis – has arrived.

10:18 p.m. – The crowd is clapping, stomping and chanting. A group of girls huddled in the aisle near the stage appear perched on the brink of total ecstasy. The security guard arrives and sends them back to the boondocks.

10:25 p.m. – The lights go down and the theme from “2001” begins. The crowd is shrieking.

10:26 p.m. – HE has arrived.

10:27 p.m. – He beings “C.C. Rider.” Into the second verse, the hips begin to undulate and the head begins to shake, although not as much as they did 20 years ago.

“It’s been a long time, hasn’t it?” Elvis asks.


10:36 p.m. – While singing, Elvis is throwing towels and scarves into the audience, as souvenir-crazy females – many well into middle age – rush the stage.

But, you ask, can The King still sing? Does the Pelvis really still swing?

Yes he can, and yes it does, even if the latter has slowed down.

And it’s true that the Pres is a bit paunchy, although not as much as advanced stories had lead us to believe.

Paul Beutel, The Austin American-Statesman, 28 March 1977