Before released on CD-R, first release on silver disc.
AudiRec proudly presents: ELVIS – OPENING NIGHT AT LAKE TAHOE – a brandnew
CD which will be released shortly. It includes an audience recording of the
complete and so far unreleased performance from April 30, 1976 (the Opening
Show was actually a Dinner Show, there were two performances this day).
Welcome to another AudiRec CD release which takes you back to the spring of
1976. At the time this CD is being released it means that it´s actually kind
of a “40th Anniversary”. To be honest, we did not plan to do this just
because it is exactly 40 years ago that Elvis played his final Lake
As a matter of fact Elvis was working very hard the whole year of 1976.
While in January Elvis had a rather quiet time and even showed some effort
to just relax and have fun, early February he was kind of “forced” to record
new songs for an album release and early March he was back on tour. We all
know from “Elvis History”, that the “King” would have done much better for
his health if he would not let himself being that busy but for whatever
reason tour after tour was being scheduled… and done. No matter what the
critics in many newspapers wrote about his performances – at least they had
to admit that Elvis´ popularity (at least all over the USA) was so big that
ticket-selling for any upcoming concerts didn´t even need any advertising.
Billboard´s Headline in early March 76´ told us “No Ads, But Presley SRO On
Current 5-Concert Gig” for the short tour in March. “Elvis plans busy
spring” was another headline shortly after this and it said “Like Lightning:
Who says Elvis isn´t working hard? Before he stars at the Sahara Tahoe April
30 – May 9, Elvis will be on a concert tour”, then adding the dates and
finally conclude “Elvis is still the super superstar”.
So when Elvis came to the beautiful area of Lake Tahoe at the end of April,
he most likely was not aware that this would be his last season at the
Sahara Tahoe Hotel. The shows have mostly been described by fans as
“relaxed” with “lots of surprising moments”, but there were also remarks
saying that the “King” looked unhealthy and tired. From what we can hear on
the so far released CDs it sure was a mixture of all of this and still we
believe that this last engagement had many moments fans do not want to miss.
Please be aware that this new release is limited to 300 copies only! Be sure
to get your copy if you are interested. Once you have it in your hands, we
hope your spare time will allow you to sit back, put your headphones on,
flip through the accompanied 16-page booklet and listen to the show from
April 30, 1976. It´s Lake Tahoe! It´s the Sahara Tahoe Showroom! It´s ELVIS!
Enjoy! (May 2015)