Saturday, August 17, 2019
Friday, August 16, 2019
The other pieces are from the late and lamented Weekly World News. My favorite conspiracy coincidence is this. In his later years, the concert opened with "Also Spake Zarathustra", the theme from 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Elvis died on August 16th, 1977. Add it up.
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Unfortunately, I was not watching this at home, because I was working with an Elvis band back then, and we were holed up in Bolingbrook at a place called La Margarita's. It has a different name now, but is still right off Golf Road an Interstate 55. Owned by the late, great Cesar Devolina, who owned quite a few restaurants around the western suburbs, and could often be seen on television commercials during the local news.
Wish I had photos. He were were, in between sets, in the back room huddled around the huge TV. And what do we look like? Well, one guy had a jumpsuit on. That's a given. The rest of us, still mostly broke, were wearing our best outfits. Which just happened to look good on the disco floor at Prime & Tender. I was wearing a salmon-colored shirt with hang-glider lapels and sleeves that, when folded up once, made me look like I was a super-villain. Slacks that made hipster pants look baggy. And I had curly hair, so I looked like Larry Fine from the Three Stooges.
Somehow, in some way, we dodged a bullet by being far away from those crazy nuts at 35th & Shields.