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Waiting to buy Elvis tickets, 1977

Posted on August 17, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
Several thousand fans waited in line on Sunday July 31, 1977 along High Street and down Patterson Street beside Rupp Arena to purchase tickets to Elvis Presley's concert, scheduled for August 23.Many fans began waiting in line on Friday. The ticket office opened at 9am on Sunday and by late that evening had sold 15,000 tickets. Unfortunately the concert was canceled due to Elvis' death on August 16, due to a drug overdose. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

Several thousand fans waited in line on July 31, 1977, along High Street and down Patterson Street beside Rupp Arena to buy tickets to an Elvis Presley concert that never happened. The concert was scheduled for Aug. 23, and many fans began waiting in line July 29. The ticket office opened at 9 a.m. July 31, and by late that evening had sold 15,000 tickets. Upper arena seats cost $7.50. Elvis, though, died of a drug overdose on Aug. 16. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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