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Elvis ticket for concert that never was, 1977

Posted on August 23, 2018 | in Uncategorized | by

A concert ticket from a 1977 Elvis Presley show at Lexington’s Rupp Arena that never happened. The concert was scheduled for Aug. 23 but Presley died exactly one week before he was to perform to a sold-out crowd in the city’s new arena. This upper-arena seat cost $7.50, which is $30.88 today adjusted for inflation. Lower-arena seats, which cost $15, were sold-out in 45 minutes. Thousands of fans waited in line to buy tickets for the show – some choosing to camp out two days after the concert announcement. Many fans decided to keep their unused tickets as a memento, rather than return then for refunds. Click on the image for a closer look. Herald-Leader file photo

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