Festival"Elvis Week Report # 1
(August 10, 2000)
Just Got Back From A Fun Filled Day Of
Activities And Elvis Shopping.
A Note Of Interest, In The Racquetball
Room At Graceland They Have A Special Display This August For The Elvis Fans..
They Have A Display Of Suits, And
Costumes Elvis Wore For The Film "That's The Way It Is" As Well As
Some What Appears To Be Original Theatre Banners, And Posters From The Movie.
Will Keep Everyone Updated Every
Evening With New Information On The "Going's On" Of This Elvis Week..
Photos To Follow As Soon As They're Developed.
Elvis Week Report # 2 (August
Hello All! Here I Am Just Walking In The Door At
A Rundown Of Some Of The Events:
The Fan club Presidents Luncheon Occurred Today And
Was A Vast Improvement
From January's Luncheon.
They Showed Some Clips From The New Movie ("Little Sister, Get
Others) Todd Morgan Stated That The Release Has A High Probability Of Being
Shown In The Theatres In Early 2001!! The Video And DVD Will Be Out In
January As Well. Running Time Will Be 97 Minutes, But The DVD Will Have 60
(Yes Sixty!) Extra Minutes!! They Also Found 65,000FT Of The Original
This Will Definitely Be Fantastic!
Some Sad News To Report, Elvis The Concert, After
The Next World Tour
(Ending Elvis Week 2001) Will Be The Final Time The Tour Goes On The Road.
It Will Play Australia Again For The Second Time, And Europe For The Third
Time.. They Will End With A "Bang" As For Elvis Week 2001 In August
Will Have The COMPLETE Cast In An All Star Showing.. With Some Surprises??
After They Talked About The Video Release They Had A Rundown Of The New EPE
Website, Some Footage Of Lisa Marie Breaking Ground At The "Presley
Among Some Other Things.
After The Luncheon It Was Off To The Conventions!! I
Found That Some Vendors
Prices Dropped Dramatically, While Some Went Through The Roof!! Needless To
Say I Purchased About 20 Cd's, And Just About The Same Amount Of Vinyl Along
With The Regular Amount Of Elvis Week 2000 Memorabilia.
Also Ran Into Some Famous People In The Elvis World,
And Also Friends Of
Mine.. Jacquline Ulmo, And Waltier From The Fantastic Fan club In Brazil (One
Of The Oldest Clubs There), Andrew Hearn Of "Essential Elvis", Bill
The World Famous "Elvis World" Magazine, Laura Levin Who Just
New Book 'Elvis And You' Which Is Highly Recomended,Jerry Osborne Who Is
Known Worldwide Among Fans For His Expertise In Elvis Record Collecting, And
Last But Not Least Henrik (I Knew Exactly Who You Are!). There Were So Many
People Who I Met Today It Is Really Mind Boggling, And It's Hard To Think Of
All Who I Met So I Apologize For The Ones Who I Didn't Mention
More News To Come Tomorrow, With A Rundown Of The
Elvis Week Report # 3 (August
Well, My Head Was Extremely Fuzzy After Seeing Last
Nights TTWII.. I Couldn't Even Know Where To Start Writing About It! But I Will
Let You Read A Review Done By Ian Mackay
Who Is A Very Talented Writer.. Do Not Worry There Will Be Some Very VERY
Interesting Things About TTWII On My Page By Weeks End!
Onto The Review By Ian Mackay:
for the confused commentary. My mind is blown. I no
what's on the original movie, what's
on the original ablum, what's on The Lost
Performances, what's on the new TTWII
CD - nothing - my mind is a blank.
They look like new angles but they may
not be - the whole movie looks totally
100% of the songs are totally different.
- MGM - Then Metro Goldwyn Mayer in dots - Cinemascope -
digitally remastered - surround sound
- what a bloody sound.
- Vegas background, audience stills from Phoenix I think but
Vegas and into Tiger Man - James solo.
Audience shot of gorgeous blonde woman
that looks like Sandi Miller.
Loads of strobe. Song ends - karate kick.
Screen goes black.
into the Ronnie jungle intro to the That's All Right concert
start except we're now into the roof
shot of driving in to MGM - same pictures
I think but one shot from inside the
car - walks in to the studio then we see
him coming in the door, shaking hands
with the security guard - looks all new
to me. Greets the camera,
looks like God, talking to Charlie and Joe about
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me,
looking at acetates. Listening to The Next
Step Is Love - looking fab then - on
comes the first of many explanatory titles
explaining the rehearsal and giving
the date and place - in a modern typeface -
you'll love it - it tells people
what's going on - what a bloody good idea!
along with himself un-miked to Bridge. James and Ronnie
- obviously acetates from the June
sessions. "These are the same guys etc."
Still singing along to You Don't Have
To Say You Love Me - great hands at the
end. Again into a restart
of the song, still no mike - claps his hands (cool
as fuck) and singing along to himself.
Charlie pretends to tune up with John
and E picks up the mike - cuts.
don't know these songs" etc.
Right - not from the start with the towel on the stool - great
angles really shows him in with the
band - tight. Shakes like hell during a
James solo - gets a few screams from
the Orpheum audience. Totally different
angles and close-ups - great.
Mike falls down - what a surprise but it still
gets a few laughs. Drops
his guitar and tells us the mike just gave up.
Polk Salad arm
movements, as before - into the split pants routine.
first of a few fabby five seconds clips of Elvis and the guys eating -
speeded up film used to great effect.
Into How The
Web Was Woven - as before at the piano. John looking, not for
the first time, like he's confused and
in awe at the same time. Falls off
stool - surprise.
Little Sister/Get Back as per the CD. Shocked the hell out of
me. Again - great wide
shot of the band - Jerry just looks so great - with
Charlie in it this time.
Great shot of his foot that got them screaming.
Into Words -
rehearsal - just Glen - talking about the singers being retarded
when coming in - great close-ups.
Then into the full band with the mike - as
before but, again it looks like
different angles - Ronnie finish with the bass
drum when he sits down - as before.
with Richard and Joe - it explains Joe as his "confidant" in the
titles. On to the tandem
(who's won the tandem then?" Just E and Joe - same
shots I think but with My Baby Left me
as backing (obvious where Ernst had his
hand in this - credited by Rick twice
- he's carefully chosen some great
incidental music and no doubt much of
the other stuff). Through the door and
back into rehearsal - My Baby Left me
continues - longer shots of E with
upturned glasses - finishes the song,
throws his towel into the air and Ronnie
throws his stick backwards in unison.
So you may
ask - where is Crying Time? Well, here it comes - all standing
round the piano - Richard, Joe, Jerry,
Charlie, E, John, all singing - Glen
playing - camera goes up over the
piano lid. James conducting - maybe Joe's
not singing. Towel in the
air again and E has a swig from a bottle as he
Into Love Me
on stool with towel and Elvis pretends to give the mike a blowjob
- screams again. The look
on his face - he knows what he's done. Falls off
stool - surprise - and asks Ronnie if
"we're on tempo".
brilliant close-up, looking mean, moody and sexy - serious - talking to
Denis Sanders - I won't spoil the joke
for you but it leads into a masterly
from the Hilton suite and the Sweets, Millie and the Imperials
rehearsing You Don't Have To Say You
Love Me. Into Twenty Days and Twenty
Nights after some paper shuffling and
- Felton! Just sitting their smoking,
talking to the singers and doing his
job- he just looks ace - in charge - it
explains his role on the titles and
it's a real plus - at last people will know
what the fuck is going on - now we
know how this masterpiece Elvis Vegas show
harmony beside E - both reading the words- bit of a laugh and one of
them - E I think goes way off key.
Gets feedback - Imperials still look like
they've bought their glasses from the
Pink Shops. Terry Blackwood explained
to me afterwards that although he was
28 at the time, he kept getting stopped
in the casino for looking under 21 -
he just looks like someone's wee brother
in for the day.
Again - I
won't spoil this bit for you by describing the song fully but it's
Rick, the supreme cutter at work -
he's turned what Sanders stuck together in a
half-arsed way into a thing of beauty
showing professionals at work - you'll
love it and for me it's one of the
highlights of the movie.
second speeded-up clips of Vegas and the International and in walks E
through the door after completing LA
rehearsals. Shakes hands with Felton -
god I love that man and into the Gee
Gee discussion with the Sweets.
rehearsal with the singers and it's now coming together - we get it now
- we know what's going on - the Rhythm
section first, then with the vocalists
too - it makes sense at last although
we get another well-placed explanation.
Elvis the Producer really coming to
the fore here - he's in charge now much
more than before - much longer with E
directing the band and singers - getting
frustrated, encouraging - showing the
man at work - the main objective of the
Special Edition. Really
showing his dry sense of humor here and again, I
won't tell you the joke.
Big Moscheo sideburns in great close-up. Bridge is
given its full time allotment - a lot
more than before and rightly so - great
follows and what a scream this is with the Sweets joining in as a
unit. Takes a drink
and announces he's going to Yodel. Into The Happy
Yodeller, I think and Ronnie and James
get into the speeded-up version - what a
scream this is.
is back in Town from the new CD with screwed up words although he's
reading them - in July?
Sexy as hell - you'll love the close-ups. "If you
don't behave your goddam self, your
Santa Claus just ain't gonna be hanging
round" as the camera pans to John
looking utterly confused again. Glen great
work, sounding like a bluesman and
then into a classic shot of James looking
equally confused. Ronnie
is the only one who looks like he knows what he's
doing "You be a good little girl
this year" - ends on Glen.
No gap - into
Words and then another masterly cut and we're on the stage of the
International with an explanation of
the fat people sitting in the front row.
Starts Mary In The Morning - two
false starts now - "Kill that blower or blow
that killer - whatever" showing
us the new risqué Elvis Presley. Screaming
Eagle, You Can't Use those words and
then a real classic E - "You can't say big
ass on this film" - hilarious.
Lamar behave like a big ass. Funny, no
name-check for Joe G as he comes into
shot - a major omission I think.
"Missed a chord" as the song
ends in the showroom roof.
rapid-fire segment builds up the excitement with his name up, hotel
scenes including the switchboard and
the one-second we have left of the
Luxembourg Convention - the girl
coming off the bus with the EP pants - strange
that was left in as it's totally out
of context now. Dressing room,
telegrams (wires) segment and big
exposure given to George Klein sitting beside
Sonny. Another rapid-fire
segment of the queues (lines) past the slots.
Another highlight - Elvis picks his
nose! Mascara everywhere - another
rapid-fire segment - building up the
Xavier Cugat and his wife still get their full time. Dale
Robertson, crowd scenes, lots of hats,
jazzy music and into the fringe suit.
"Straight vodka man", George
Hamilton looking cool, Cary Grant, E starts
walking with Richard, Sonny, George
and Felton. "No room in the inn" speech
from Emilio, great scenes from the
walk, Sammy Davis Junior, talking to Charlie
- the lights dim in the showroom and
the side shot of E - total darkness and
then we see him from all angles
walking on to the stage. Great balcony shot,
audience shot, puffs cheeks out, more
audience, looking more like On Tour shots
and then bang - into That's All Right.
close-ups, audience shots, great balcony shot, Imperials, James and
Elvis, audience and the great ending.
Explanation given that it was filmed
over six shows.
what looks like a flash of lightning but it's a mark on the film.
Great Concha pose with guitar -
blows at the mike, strums guitar, clears
throat twice - into I Got A Woman -
from the CD (I was wrong earlier when I
said it wasn't). That full
upward body shot and the screams from the women.
Really close, huge sideburns brief
audience. Ronnie working his ass off -
shot from the back of E.
Full power now. Great movements - shakes the mike,
bent over pose for the exciting as
hell ending. Jerry looks impressed - what
a killer start - audience.
reason, he's stretched the mike stand and he can't reach it - funny.
On to the Hound Dog pre-song banter -
gets his fringes away from his balls with
much hilarity, looks down, looks up
and again - great side shot. Still
leaning over and into the song with
the band really kicking, as per the CD but
dialog is less here and no Farther
Along. Great body and mike stand shaking -
points to James to get the spotlight
for the solo. Starts the song in the
Concha and finishes it in the Chain
Out of the
chain suit now for the Sullivan "sumbitch" story - I always wondered
what Ger Rijff's poster in From The
Waist Up was about. Elvis explains
that the movie is to be called
"Elvis loses his excess". Then asks James for
"an E, a G, an F or a D, a B-Flat
(Fat) Minor plus one". Then does something
totally obscene with the mike stand.
Hotel showing some sexy women getting into it in the audience,
'solos' with James. Really
interesting cutting here - when E starts singing,
the camera stays with James - just for
a second but what a change in attitude
from the original. Again,
long shots and close-ups - starts laughing because
he forgets the words?
Finishes on E and Jerry and then the showroom ("that's
a movie" gets wee guitar - a new little guitar!
"Y'all listen to me
- Ah'm good" as per the CD.
Toreador, full belt, "who dat was wit' you on
the floor?" Starts
Love Me Tender on the little guitar with James in perfect
sync and throws the wee one to Charlie
and. Lots and lots of kissing. Long
shots, audience shots, Shot from the
back by the camera behind the band - sees
it and walks towards it, turning back
before he gets there. You've seen the
still shot with E kneeling down and
the MGM crew behind him? Well here we see
what they got through their
viewfinder. Hilarious - I'll spoil this one for
you - shakes a man's hand and then
bends down to kiss him and then apologizes.
Now here we
have it - the walkabout - unreal - right across the showroom behind
the first level of booths and the
camera is there every step of the way.
Outrageous, stunning, breathtaking,
beats the Queen Mother on a walkabout any
day. Mafia everywhere
trying to protect him - surreal - absolutely weird.
Back on stage - knows how fast to walk
so that when Charlie hands him the mike
he 's straight back into the song
without missing a beat. Apologizes to the
balcony this time. Long
side shots and still kissing. Four and a half
'bout ready?" to the band and then stops James on Can't Stop Loving You.
Gets into it and belts it out.
A camera on a dolly at the side starts
panning, leaning backwards and another
pan (if vertical is a pan), this time
going right up his body again.
From behind James now and then the Imperials.
Great arm movements - I've not
seen this before (or have I?). Stares
straight at the camera and a
Concha, he's now in the Chain suit, asks for a time-out and gets
presented with a painting that he
thinks "looks like Engelbert Humperdink,
autographs the woman's painting after
she asks him to then forgets to giver pen
back and keeps the painting, after
autographing it and asking if he could keep
it - she must have been confused -
must look up at the house and see if it's
there. Turns down another
request for an autograph.
just done a Country and Western ablum and introduces Just Pretend!
Doesn't even know his own ablums.
Jazzy Lost Performances version but I'm
sure the angles are quite different.
"Come on man". If this isn't one of
the best songs E ever recorded then
tell me why - great side shots with the
Sweets in the background for the final
build-up. Amazing right-hand (E's
right hand) shot to finish.
No Walk A
Mile - no I Just Can't Help Believing - what? TTWII without I Just
Can't Help Believing, no Sweet
and then the full works for the red ladder Wonder OF You.
Superimposition of two E's - one in
the Center and one on our left - great shot
- now please tell me the shot isn't on
The Lost Performances. I can't check
so far from home. Where is
home? I digress. James and Elvis- what a team
on this song - no surprise it was #1
for six weeks in the UK where it just blew
us away - imagine if we'd had the
bloody video to promote it - it's not too
late BMG! What's going to
be the fucking single release to go with the
Video/DVD in January? Come
on - get working - this guy could have another #1
- brilliant performance.
and over to God in red ladder suit for In The Ghetto. Just you
dare try to tell me that "he'll
grow to be an angry young man some day" in this
version isn't one of the best moments
in Elvis' career - still wipes me out
when I see it - the man really doing a
brilliant song justice. Two Elvis'
again, then dissolving to one.
Elvis, then Elvis and the Sweets then two of
Elvis plus the Sweets - great montage.
Oh shit - he turns sideways at the end
and just looks at us - he's so
beautiful, he's scary. An editing
our favorite grooving audience member and Patch It Up kicks in.
Two gals digging it in a booth on
their own - wonder how much they tipped for
that? Still holding his
piece of fringe - I've never known what it was - he
starts to go to work - what a mover.
Back to our fave cool audience member
but this we see he's got Jerry Garcia
sitting behind him. The next 30 seconds
of movie footage is just brilliant -
really showing people at the top of their
form - and that includes Rick, Ronnie
the Sweets and E. Now everyone can see
that Tutt is the best drummer in the
world. What a mover E is - pure
On comes a
towel from the audience and no wonder. The next women's
is second only to The Walls Have Ears
- puts one leg up on Ronnie's drum riser
and the tight suit becomes even
tighter. Wish my butt looked that good.
Perhaps I'll film it.
You've Lost That Loving Feeling starts in the classic
fashion with the blue light, the
Imperials, Jerry's bass and then bang - here
he comes out of the dark.
Still forgets the words, after 30 years! Sweets,
Millie and Imperials given a lot of
time on screen and rightly so for this one.
You know the screams are going
to come when he gets down on his knees and
it's a great combination of shots to
emphasize it. Shit - just look at the
choreography from the backing singers
on 'Don't, Don't - Imperials go one
shoulder and the Sweets go the other
way - very classy - who the hell thought
that one up - a great catch by Rick.
Sheer power ending, not repeated as in
the CD, amplified by, again, great
Enough of the
Concha - let's get back into the Chain Suit for Polk Salad and
this still got screams in the Orpheum.
Great, brief, carefully-chosen
audience shot showing stationary guys
stationary in front of a girl working up
a sweat to the beat.
Millie still can't clap in time. Another classic E
moment - maybe it's just me but for 25
years, I've thought that when he says
"but they did all right" and
moves his eyes, he's really getting down to work.
Rick really did a great job
recognizing what an excellent job had been done
on the original and left this classic
as it was. Here she comes again - that
woman at the back, clapping in time.
Still needs the piece of paper to
remember the words.
Still zooming out and in on the first 'sock a littles'
still pointing at James but
"you're right, you're right" from a different angle
if I'm not mistaken. Still
a great ending but for some reason it's even more
exciting - maybe I've missed something
and there's new angles.
at the end of the song and skillfully done with a shot of the stage
from E's left hand side in front -
never seen that angle before. Audience and
we're back to the Concha with E
starting another kissing spree. "Come here
little girl" "Oh what's the
matter?" he asks to this gibbering wreck of a
gorgeous girl with hair like Ann Moses
"kiss me" she yells and he takes his
time about it. The next
one is even better - "wanna get serious or just play
a little?" he asks -
"yes" comes the sexy voice reply before he even finishes
and she pulls him down on to her and
they get serious.
One Night -
the way it should be sung - with a cup of Gatorade in your hand for
the first 30 seconds - now when you
listen to the CD and he's a bit slow in
with "I need your sweet helping
hand" - you know it's because he was drinking!
You've never seen him move like
this - jerks backwards in steps after I Ain't
Never - like he's had an electric
shock - it got them going at the Orpheum in a
big way. "Is what I'm
now praying for you…." with great hand actions. So
much more exciting than the original
and that's saying something.
Cruel still as bad as ever - after "kick your …" we see that mother
(who likes a lot of action) still
makes it to the screen - she must be about
110 now. Charlie and
Ronnie playing for their lives, more Charlie, more
Sweets, more frantic audience.
Mercifully short then an audience shot.
Suede Shoes and back to the Chain suit. James and Ronnie Rocking
and then the gorgeous blond again.
Even the movements can't help the tired
song - you can't kick this
motherfucker. Into All Shook Up and the only
highlight being a gorgeous brunette.
When you think there's no Sweet Caroline
and no I Just Can't Help Believing, it
seems such a waste to include this
change of suits back to the Concha - a great turn on the spot and he's
into You Don't To Say You Love Me.
Side shots of the band and E clearly show
Charlie standing way behind Jerry with
his music stand. Forgets the words of
course but moves a lot and ends with
the shaky hands that I could never
After a drink
of water calls for "Suspicious Minds". This is one
song I am
not going to spoil for you and I hope
others don't describe it to you - it is
without doubt the highlight of the
show and you should see it as a virgin - no
clips just see the real thing on
January 8th - god what a long wait. Six
minutes of heaven.
"shove it up your nose indeed". George Hamilton really
into it in a big way.
Shit, it's just so good. I've always thought we got
the short end of the stick by not
getting the '69 SM on film but no after this one.
Just when you thought it was ending,
here he comes again, thrusting, pushing,
like a gazelle, like a viper.
It goes black, the lighting guy is slow and
suddenly from being down on the floor,
he's Mercury, right hand in the air.
You know it's
coming and you hate it - he points at Glen with his right hand.
All the lights on. Smiles
everywhere , a cheeky one as he goes into a ballet
movement - power, power, power to the
end - same shot from behind - back to
close up - twirls right round, shaking
all the way, arms out. On one knee -
here comes the curtain - we get a long
shot from the audience of the stage then
suddenly a close-up of E as the
curtain drops over his face - is he finished?
No, he lifts the curtain just one last
time and he's gone from the audience but
not from us. Behind the
curtain - a towel, a wave to the band - the classic
OK sign from another angle - Richard,
Sonny, Joe and - the Colonel - come to
meet him and walk him off followed by
Charlie and the Sweets.- he walks
straight at us.
Elvis - That's The
Way It Was - a film by Denis Sanders..
on the right of the screen with E singing Are You Lonesome Tonight
(baldhead) on the stool with his
Elvis Week Report # 4
(August 13,14,15,16, 2000)
There Will Not Be Much To Report In The Next
Couple Of Days Except The Turnout Of The Vigil
It Is Now Time For Me To Work On The Multimedia
Sections Of The "Elvis Week 2k" Section
I Know Many Of You Will Be Pleased! :) With Many
Pictures, Real Audio And Video.