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On Tour, April 5 - April 19, 1972

The first tour of 1972 started in Buffalo, NY, where more than 17,000 fans, including a cameraman from MGM to take silent clips of Elvis to see his stage movements for when the real shooting started, experienced first hand Elvis on tour. Robert Abel and Pierre Aldridge recorded many hours of Elvis performing in different cities to present the documentary called Elvis On Tour. The documentary won the 1972 Golden Globe Award for Best Documentary. The shows that were filmed, and featured in the film, were Buffalo, Detroit, Hampton Roads, Richmond, Greensboro and San Antonio, with the majority of the footage being from Hampton Roads.

This tour saw the debut of two songs. The first was the newly recorded For The Good Times & the other was the massive 1972 hit Burning Love which tore the house down at every show it was performed.

Most of the newspaper reviews, from that time, mentioned that Elvis wowed the audiences not only with his singing abilities but with his showmanship.

Video Information

Amateur footage.

    ROCKIN' THE NATION #4 presents footage from Buffalo, NY (April 5, 1972) (15'00")
    LV, BUFFALO, MSG, NIAGARA FALLS features footage from Buffalo, NY (April 5, 1972) (8'40")
    THE KING ROCKS #4 also features footage from Buffalo, NY (April 5, 1972) (6'00")
    HOMETOWN BOY features footage from Hampton Roads, VA (April 9, 1972) (2'30")
    RETURN TO SPLENDOUR features footage from San Antonio, TX (April 18, 1972) (8'37")


On Tour, June 9 - June 20, 1972

The second tour of 1972 kicked off with four fantastic sell-out shows in three days at the huge Madison Square Garden in New York. After these shows it was on to another ten shows in nine days in cities like Fort Wayne, two shows in Milwaukee, three shows in Chicago, Wichita and finishing off in Tulsa.

On 12th June in Fort Wayne, Elvis wore a belt that's buckle was made out of mirror, and it caused great difficulty when he tried wearing the guitar during the opening number. This was the only mishap of the fantastic tour.

This tour was also the debut of another style of stage wear for Elvis. Starting on 17th June in Chicago, Elvis wore a two-piece suit with a flamboyant shirt. The jacket of the suit had a cape attached to the back of it. Elvis would wear these two-piece suits until the end of August the same year, and more-or-less drop the jumpsuits, but due to his wild actions on stage during the period, it caused the trousers of the suit to tear at the seams, and he went back to wearing the jumpsuits that were usual for the time near the end of the following Vegas engagement.

Video Information

Amateur footage.

    ROCKIN' THE NATION #12 includes 2'25" of the Madison Square Garden conference on June 9, 1972
    LV, BUFFALO, MSG, NIAGARA FALLS shows footage from New York, NY (June 10, 1972 Mat) (17'23").
    CROSS COUNTRY VOL #1 shows footage from New York, NY (June 10, 1972 Mat) (13'13") and from the evening show (June 10, 1972 Eve) (3'51").
    THE KING ROCKS #4 features also footage from New York, NY (June 10, 1972 Mat) (16'00") including 2'21" of Opening Acts.
    AFTERNOON AT THE GARDEN features footage from New York, NY (June 10, 1972 Mat) (28'00") & (6'00") and from the evening show (2'10") & (12'30").
    ROCKIN' CHICAGO features footage from Chicago, IL (June 17, 1972) (12'55")
    TOURING THE USA #1 includes also footage from Chicago, IL (June 17, 1972) (12'45")
    THE KING ROCKS #4 features also footage from Chicago, IL (June 17, 1972) (13'05")
    RETURN TO SPLENDOR has footage from Wichita Falls, KS (June 19, 1972) (4'10")

On Tour November 8 - November 18, 1972

The third, and final, tour of 1972 kicked off on 8th November in Lubbock to a sell-out 10,000 fans. After that it was on to Tucson where Elvis played a solid show including great performances of You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, The Wonder Of You, Little Sister-Get Back Medley & singing an excerpt of the first song he sung in public; Old Shep.

It was then on to El Paso, Oakland, San Bernardino for two shows - where he gave another great show with the highlights being a rocking Polk Salad Annie, Burning Love, Fever, Mystery Train-Tiger Man medley over two days and performing the 'oldies' very enthusiastically - two shows in Long Beach, which included more great performances, and then, after a day off for travelling, three shows in Honolulu.

The third show in Honolulu's H.I.C arena was originally planned to be the 'Aloha From Hawaii' worldwide broadcast, but plans were changed at the last minute, and the last three shows of the tour were warm-up shows from the January 1973 worldwide broadcast. There is professionally-filmed footage of the last Hawaiian show circulating, but the source is not the master-tape, and the quality isn't the best pro-filmed footage.

Elvis wore the famous Gold Attendance belt given to him in 1969 by the International Hotel for the last time on stage during this tour.

This was another solid tour with Elvis giving his all to each audience. He played eleven shows on this tour.

Video Information

Amateur footage.

    ROCKIN' THE NATION #8 features footage from Lubbock, TX (November 8, 1972) (2'44")
    ROCKIN' THE NATION #15 presents footage from Lubbock, TX (November 8, 1972) (2'45")
    TOURING THE USA #2 presents 2 separate clips from el Paso, TX (November 10, 1972) (2'40") & (1'45")
    CALIFORNIA GOLD features footage from Long Beach, CA (November 15, 1972) (12'00")
    RETURN TO SPLENDOUR features footage from Honolulu, HI (November 18, 1972 Aft) (2'22")
    ALOHA FROM HAWAII (JAPANESE VERSION) features footage from Honolulu, HI (November 18, 1972 Eve) (10'20")
    CROSS COUNTRY VOL #2 presents footage from Honolulu, HI (November 18, 1972 Eve) (6'15"), Honolulu, HI (November 18, 1972 Aft) (10'05") also from Long Beach, CA (November 15, 1972) (12'03")