Elvis - The Concert Years (Stein Erik Skar)
From the photo collection of Sherif Hanna. (The Way It Was - Ernst Mikael Jorgensen)
International Hotel, Las Vegas
Nov 18, 2002
Being back on top had at least as many negative as positive sides. On 26th August a security guard at the hotel received a phonecall in which he was told that Elvis would be kidnapped that same evening. The following day "Colonel" Parker got a similar telephone message. On 28th August, at 6:15 in the morning, the wife of Joe Esposito received a phone call where the person on the other end of the line claimed Elvis would be shot during his last show the following day. The person demanded $ 50.000 to reveal the name of the potential killer. A couple of hours later a menu was found in Elvis' mail at the hotel on which Elvis' face was destroyed and a gun had been drawn pointing to his heart. On the menu was written: "Guess Who, and Where?"
Elvis took the death threats very seriously, just like his employees - and the FBI - but knowing that there were FBI agents in the showroom probably didn't help to relieve the enormous pressure Elvis must have been under during the performance that night. The situation must have been almost unbearable during "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" - when the stage lights go off and only a small spotlight lights up Elvis' head and shoulders, a perfect target for a killer...
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