When and Where Was Elvis Presley's Last Concert?

Elvis Presley Performing
Elvis performing on June 20, 1977, during his last week of concerts. Bettmann Archive / Getty Images

Elvis Presley's last concert was held at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, IN on June 26, 1977, for a crowd of 18,000. The setlist was as follows:

  • Also Spake Zarathustra (opening)
  • See See Rider
  • I Got A Woman/Amen
  • Love Me
  • Fairytale
  • You Gave Me A Mountain
  • Jailhouse Rock
  • O Sole Mio/It's Now Or Never
  • Little Sister
  • Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel
  • Release Me
  • I Can't Stop Loving You
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • (band introductions)
  • Early Morning Rain
  • What'd I Say
  • Johnny B. Goode
  • (solos by band members Larrie Londin: drums, Jerry Scheff: bass, Tony Brown: piano)
  • I Really Don't Want To Know
  • (solo by the backing Joe Guercio Orchestra)
  • Hurt
  • Hound Dog
  • (Elvis introduces various people from the stage)
  • Can't Help Falling In Love
  • (closing vamp)

Although Elvis appeared pale, weak, and overweight, as he had with increasing regularity, there was nothing to suggest his impending death—indeed, there was nothing unusual about this show on the tour, except that Elvis for some reason introduced practically everyone from his life on stage that night. Some take this as "proof" Elvis knew he was in his final days; others maintain that he was worried about the imminent publication of Elvis: What Happened?, a tell-all biography by former bodyguards Sonny and Red West that publicly broke the story of his drug abuse, and what those revelations might do to his image.

Footage of the final concert was taken but has not been widely seen; the audio portion can be heard on the LP "The Last Farewell" (released on CD as Adios: The Final Performance, A.J. Records CD 92-2002).

The last recording Elvis made was a vocal overdub on "He'll Have To Go" done on October 31st, 1976 in the "Jungle Room" at his home at Graceland.

The last song Elvis performed in private was a rendition of "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain," done on his piano in Graceland hours before his death.