Elvis performs four sold out shows on June 9, 10 & 11, 1972 at Madison Square Garden - the first artist to sell out 4 consecutive MSG shows! RCA recorded both June 10th shows in preparation for releasing a live album just eight days after Elvis departs New York. The album was eventually drawn from his 8: 30 p.m. performance and was titled Elvis As Recorded Live at Madison Square Garden. Elvis' engagement at MSG marked the first time Elvis performed in front of a live audience in New York since appearances in 1956 and 1957 on the Dorsey Brothers, Steven Allen and Ed Sullivan shows.
The MSG box office success from Elvis' appearance is further proof that the public had long awaited his return to New York – a fourth show was added on Sunday, June 11, due to the first three shows instantly selling out. John Lennon, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were all in attendance. Like A Prince From Another Planet was a NY Times headline following the show.
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