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Elvis Presley Houston Astrodome - February, 1970

Gold Rolex given to Elvis Presley
Gold Rolex given to Elvis Presley

The Houston Astrodome was chosen by Colonel Parker to be the first venue for Elvis to perform outside Las Vegas. This was done for several reasons, but none of them was because the place was suitable for a show of the kind Elvis held. 'The Dome' was an enormous hall, built in 1965, the least of its functions being for concerts. Parker was possibly unsure of Elvis' status in the wider world - performing in Las Vegas was something quite different from performing in venues which could seat far larger audiences. The rodeo show at 'The Dome' always attracted thousands of people no matter what...

After the concluding show Elvis held a press conference for about 100 journalists at Astroworld. He declared that he got a big thrill out of the appearance in 'The Dome'. Elvis checked out of Astroworld wearing a blue Easy Rider-inspired suede jacket and black trousers, taking with him 20 suitcases and 3 guitars - $1.2 million richer than 3 days earlier.

Houston Astrodome was also the first venue to perform outside Las Vegas for 'The Sweet Inspirations'. Myrna Smith - The first time we were set to appear with Elvis outside of Vegas, we were exited. It was in Houston. The people were exceptionally nice to us. Later I found out the promoters had sent word that they were thrilled Elvis was coming, but NOT to bring 'those black girls' with him. Elvis had laid down the law that if we didn't come, HE wasn't coming either. So when we did the show, I wondered why everybody was so nice to us. None of the guys told us 'cause they didn't want to hurt our feelings. I found out years later that Elvis had stood up for us.

Photo at right, The gold Rolex was given to Elvis Presley by the Houston Livestock Association for breaking attendance records at the Houston Astrodome in 1970. He performed 6 sold-out shows for more than 300,000 people. The back of the watch is engraved and Elvis frequently wore the watch as you can see by the wear and staining upon it when you see it up close.

The inscription on the watch reads: 'To Elvis Presley from the Houston Livestock Show Officers. 1970'.

Elvis Presley Houston Astrodome - February, 1970

Elvis Presley Backstage Houston Astrodome February 1970
Elvis Presley Backstage Houston Astrodome February 1970

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