Following an incredible musical comeback in 1968, Elvis Presley began performing twice a night in Las Vegas for month-long stints. But after his separation and divorce from Priscilla Presley, The King was never the same again. Addicted to prescription drugs and ballooning in weight, Elvis refused to slow down when it came to his touring dates.
From 1974-1976, Elvis performed almost 400 concerts, but sadly he was struggling to keep up his energy.
Uppers to get him energised for evening shows and downers to help him sleep through the day, The King was not in good shape and getting worse.
Speaking in Sky documentary Elvis: The Searcher, Rock and roll writer Nik Cohn said: “Night by night it became harder for him to carry on being Elvis.
“Drugs and self-destructiveness were all punishments.”
She added: “I don’t even know why he went on stage.
“They’re just hard to watch.
“Sometimes I think it was maybe better if they just cancelled the show.”
Elvis tragically died at the age of just 42-years-old on August 16, 1977.
The King had suffered a heart attack on the toilet upstairs at Graceland.
To this day, his bedroom and private area above ground are off-limits on tours.
However, they are preserved just as he left them.
This is at the request of his only daughter and Graceland owner Lisa Marie Presley.
Published at Sun, 23 Aug 2020 01:00:00 +0000