Thursday, April 10, 2008

"A Prince From Another Planet"


Some gigs are almost as legendary as the artists that performed at them. Think of The Beatles at Shea, The Who at Leeds, Hendrix at Monterey, The Pistols at Winterland, The Clash at Bonds or The Stone Roses at Spike Island. Only Elvis Presley though could make headlines all over the world just because of the discovery of some unreleased photos from one of his most powerful stands, the towering Madison Square Garden concerts from 72.

The 40 plus photos, a handful have already leaked for the press, by George Kalinsky are reportedly heading down to Memphis to be put on display at a special exhibit at Graceland. The one at the top of this post is currently on display as a huge poster overlooking Times Square. I can't wait to see the rest of them.
I wish Kalinsky would have gotten some shots of the audience as well since it included everyone from David Bowie to members of Led Zeppelin and some of the original New York punk scene among many other rock luminaries.
For more on Elvis at The Garden, please visit this exhaustive site dedicated to the series of shows he did there.

5 comments:

Rogue Spy 007 said...

Great photos. There will never be anybody quite like the King. There are certain shows that will always be memorable.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks Keith,
I wish I could go back in time and sit next to Bowie watching this...

J.D. said...

The Stone Roses at Spike Island? You a big Stone Rose fan, Jeremy? I'll never forget seeing them in Toronto circa the SECOND COMING tour. Sadly, Reni was no longer with the band but they still rocked something fierce.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks J.D.,
Yea I love The Roses...easily one of the most important and influential bands of the past few decades. That's awesome you got to see them live (even without Reni). I never did...
The first album and those early singles and I even like some of SECOND COMING (I love the reference that album gets in SHAWN OF THE DEAD...

J.D. said...

Yeah, the first Stone Roses album is incredible -- definitely in my Top 10 of All Time. Everything was fine with up to and including the single for "One Love" and then it all fell apart. I do like a lot of SECOND COMING despite its huge debt (rip off?) to Led Zeppelin.

And yeah, the reference to it in SHAUN OF THE DEAD was classic. Very funny.