Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Hurt - First time performed Live 17 March 1976

When Elvis walked onto the stage at The Freedom Hall in Johnson City, Tennessee on 17 March 1976, it was the first tour show Elvis had done since the closing show in Asheville, North Carolina on 24 July 1975, save for one show on New Years Eve in The Pontiac Silverdome.
There had also been a Summer Vegas season cut short after five shows due to ill health and the December season in Vegas to cover those cancelled shows from August.
Wearing his silver phoenix jumpsuit Elvis introduced two new songs to his setlst, America (The Beautiful) as 1976 was the US bicenntenial and Hurt.
Hurt had recently been recorded at Graceland the previous month and this live version is almost a carbon copy of that studio master.
Unlike subsequent live performances this version has no reprise, is at a slower tempo and does not have the big sliding ending as on the Elvis In Concert album from Rapid City on 21 June 1977.
Of note is that Ronnie Tutt is absent from this short tour, his place on the drums taken by Larry London.

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