April 5, 1972
Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, N.Y.
Presley Magic Still Strong As Record 17,300 Turn Out
Elvis Presley once made 78 r.p.m. records, was king of rock ´n´ roll music, pop music idol in the 1950s, and he is performing still largely because we don´t want to give it up. He sings not only of the past, however, for along with "Hound Dog" and "Blue Suede Shoes" he does con- temporary "Bridge Over Troubled Water," giving it his own sound.
His concert Wednesday night in Memorial Auditorium was his second here, but his biggest success. It drew an Aud record of 17,300 persons.
For a performer with a reputation for being somewhat extrovert, Presley seems remarkably shy, or at least he is reluctant to exploit his appeal, which is certainly strong. Those quick swooning screams of female adulation are heard today only for the very young performers.
The style of body movements is quick and charged with sexual energy, however planned and choreographed it may be. Presley seems to be enjoying himself, as if he is happy still to be able to turn on a large audience. He makes a song nervous, and his fans (unreadable). A turn of the body, merely, a bending of legs. He was a blue and silver star, aware of his pose for one of those magazine covers which proclaimed his place at the top of the kingdom of pop.
Fuel for Adulation
His modesty is a fuel for the fan adulation. If he looked in the direction of some fans they screamed and Presley would look down, shaking his head, as if to wonder how the old response was still there.
"I live my life in dreams of yesterday," he sang, without apparent irony.
The nervous expectancy in the air was noticeable in the behavior of the police who were responsible for keeping the crowd from approaching the pop singer. When the aisle needed to be cleared, the method was more firm than usual.
Elvis Draws Aud Record
A record turnout of 17,300 persons passed through Memorial Auditorium turnstiles Wednesday night to view the Elvis Presley program. Joseph D. Figliola, auditorium director, said the crowd, by turnstile count was the largest ever attracted to the aud.
The Buffalo Braves basketball club announced an auditorium attendance figure of 17,517 for their National Basketball Assn. game March 18, 1972 against the Detroit Pistons, but Figliola would not comment on the Braves´ fan count.
In the March 29 editions of the Courier-Express, columnist Phil (unreadalbe) reported the actual turnstile count for the March 18 game was 16,318.
Presley did not hold back from his admirers, however, for involvement is a part of his act. During his performance of "Love Me Tender" he took off his white scarf, dropped it into the crowd.
Presley sang rock ´n´ roll, "oldies and goodies" which he performed with a nervous dance, his right hand strumming an imaginary guitar. "My knees are shaking . . . I´m in love."
Presley sings still with a low croon, smooth as syrup, and his phrasing becomes more excited in his nervous, staccato style.
He is coaxing in his ballads, and this is the way he bagan singing "Hound Dog," slow and easy before the up-tempo modulation.
Tha band, which included some local musicians and was fronted by Presley´s small rock unit, was not satisfactory to Presley at the start of the number, and he stopped and began againg singing "Don´t Be Cruel," which he wanted to be right.
"I´m not a king," Presley sang. "Just a man . . ." And he also sang "I can´t stop loving you." They still love him too, can´t stop either.
The fans were patient, mostly during the first part of the show, which included three sisters singing soulfully, called the Sweet Inspirations, and there was a comedian who made some jokes at the expense of today´s youth, but he forgot that this crowd was here only because it too had a youth with acne and awkwardness and Elvis singing from the car radio.