43 years ago, the King of Rock and Roll came to my hometown and gave fans the thrill of of a lifetime. 

On May 24, 1977, Elvis Presley performed for a full house at the Augusta Civic Center.  I was 10 years old and didn’t have a ticket to the show. Fortunately, my next door neighbor’s Dad knew people at the venue.

While he couldn’t get us in for the concert that evening, he was able get us in early that afternoon so we could check out the stage set-up. We saw the huge lighting rigs, big speakers everywhere, the drum kit up on the riser, and mic stands all waiting patiently for the magic to come. Especially that mic stand in middle. That one belonged to the KING!

Even though I didn’t get to see this historic concert, I’ll never forget our afternoon visit to see the stage set-up in the empty Augusta Civic Center.

A plaque with the etched image of Elvis hangs in the lobby there to memorialize his only Maine appearance.

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Elvis was scheduled to play two shows at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland on August 17 and 18, 1977. He died on August 16, 1977 in Memphis and the world cried.

Here's the $15 ticket for the second Portland show that hangs in my office. Less than $20 bucks for a seat on the floor to see the King of Rock and Roll, truly the good old days.

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Lucky for us, we can watch this very cool 8mm footage from that epic night in the Capital City that was the only time Elvis performed here.

It's starts with a cover of Olivia Newton John's If You Love Me Let Me Know. 

Yes we do and we always will.

Here's the full Elvis in Augusta setlist.

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